Two Toned Effect – Upcycled Oak Bookcase – Pierre

I bought this old oak (very heavy) bookshelf from a local vide grenier (loft clearance) in my local town. It was battered with bits missing; just how I like them. I was told that it belonged to the sellers grand-père (grandad). 

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise

We were also told that the shelf had been treated for woodworm, which was confirmed when we were driving home and with all the windows open the smell was still unbearable.

I decided to name the piece ‘Pierre’. I decided to use a two-tone effect paint method, which uses two contrasting colours together.  For the base coat I applied Autentico’s Antique White inside and out.

I also used another method; dabbing glue onto various areas, which acts as a mask for the top layer. The idea is that it gives you an effect of aging, which would be hard to get with using just sandpaper. You can also use this method to achieve the chipping look. You can layer the technique between different coloured coats and that gives the impression that paint has been worked lose over the years. So, I applied the glue onto the Antique White in various areas, ideally around the edges inwards and other places of wear and tear.

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise

The Antique White had gone into some of the damaged areas and some were left exposed, with the dark oak still showing through. I wanted to respect and enhance the age of Pierre, rather than just paint it flat. I painted the top coat with Autentico Antique Turquoise (I love this colour), but left the inside white to show the contrast. I thought I could always repaint if I  did not like the final result.

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

When it was dry, I rubbed the glue areas off to bring through some of the white (see below image). I then sanded the edges and where the glue had been to blend in.

I used a brown dark wax to enhance some of the edges to age them further and clear wax over the whole bookcase to seal, protect and enhance the colour.

 

I love the white peeking through the detail in different places and I think Pierre will look great in my new training room. More pictures to follow 🙂