Grain painting help?
Hi all - I usually post over at Home decorating and actually posted this over there, but then found this forum and figured you might be more help!
I have a serious clutter problem in my kitchen - papers just seem to pile up all over the counter no matter what I do. So in an effort to get more organized, I bought this el-cheapo desk organizer thingy from Ikea:
After buying it, I realized that it kind of looks like an old-fashioned spool or sewing cabinet and since my kitchen is sort of country-folky, I'd like to paint it to look like one. I already added some cute little wooden feet so now all I have left is the painting. (Wish I could do something about the holes through the drawers - I'd rather have knobs - but there's no way around that...I'll just ignore them!)
I figured I could try that faux-grain-painting that was so popular back in the day -- where you apply a base coat then use a glaze and either comb it or use your fingers or whatever to get it to look like tiger maple or birds-eye maple or whatever. I have no idea what color base coat to use or how to do this, though, and googling isn't turning up a whole lot. Has anyone done this before, and if so, can you give me some specific pointers (like what color/brand/sheen of paint to use, etc.)? Thanks so much!