Revert : A Retro Cabinet DIY

Follow this step-by-step guide to revamp your existing vintage piece into a timeless and elegant retro cabinet using the patina brushstroke method.

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DIY retro cabinet


Give a second life to your grandmother's old buffet or a small piece of flea market furniture. With a few brushstrokes, the patina gives an air of youth to a small old-fashioned cabinet.  


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Recommendations before you start

  • Test the combination of light and dark paints before starting, behind the furniture for example.

  • Ensure paint is completely dry before applying a second coat.

  • Do not skip the wax step, it is essential and must be redone every year.


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  • One small solid wood sideboard

  • One pot of antifungal and insecticide for wood  

  • One pot of light-colored acrylic wood paint 

  • One pot of dark-colored acrylic wood paint

  • One pot of medium-oak wood stain

  • One jar of protective wax

  • Brushes

  • Sander

  • Steel wool

  • Steel brush

  • Cloth




  • Remove all metal parts from the cabinet (handles, fittings, etc.).

  • Sand the furniture to remove the old paint or varnish and expose the wood.

  • Treat the wood against fungus and insects according to the instructions on the pot. Let dry.

  • Paint the first coat of light color. Let dry, then paint a second coat. Allow to dry and then paint a layer of darker color.

  • Let dry. Sand the projecting parts (the edges, the moldings, the corners, the location of the handles ...) to the wood.

  • Lightly sand the flat surfaces to reveal the undercoat or even a little wood in places.

  • To accentuate the weathered effect, apply a coat of wood stain, then wipe off the excess with a dry cloth.

  • Apply protective wax to the whole piece of furniture. Let dry. If you are unable to remove all of the metal parts, sand them down and paint them like the rest of the furniture.


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