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Project by rehuds62 posted 08-03-2017 01:19 PM 1407 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Their home was a 2 story, all stone structure over 230 yrs old. They wanted a wet bar built into a niche, opposite the main fireplace in their living room. They were fairly well-to-do and wanted to spend what time and money it took to make it authentic looking and well built.
I told them I’d like to see a piece that looked like it had been there for a hundred years or more. What you might see in a very old, private, country club, for instance.
I worked hard to get the authentic looking ‘vintage’ finish I wanted. I had to do some experimenting to create a sample that all would approve of. I stained & then painted exposed edges with a beige primer. Then I painted over everything with a Hunter Green. Then I sanded through the green (to expose the primer & stained dark wood) in those spots I thought some ‘wearing through’ would occurred, over the decades. When we liked how much we sanded, I coated all with urethane (to protect & help the paint look old, like the old ‘oil-base’ paints).
I’m showing close ups and wider shots to display what we actually did & how much more subtle the effect is when viewing the whole wet bar (wider shots). The copper top was pricey. The sink is an integral part of the counter.
We were asked to do more work. I have a very happy client on my hands. Makes it a pleasure to do the work.

-- russell, New York,

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#1 posted 08-03-2017 01:55 PM

Beautiful rustic green colour. Nice cabinets.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 08-03-2017 02:34 PM

Wow, great job on this one. The moulding details work so well! The piece does reach your goal of looking a century+ old. The finish work is spot on, too. I’d also be a happy client!

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#4 posted 08-03-2017 09:16 PM

thanks you guys / appreciate the feedback / especially from pros

-- russell, New York,

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#5 posted 08-03-2017 10:55 PM

That is really nice work, love the finish.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 08-04-2017 01:05 PM

Nice project and it turned out really old looking,
Just right!!!
I just had to add it has that feel of ten coats of paint over many years.

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