I was looking for a small kitchen island and came across this item. It was advertised as a microwave cart. I could definitely see the potential for it to be the small island I needed. But what color....I was trying to decide between dark blue, sea blue (light/med blue) or white.
I knew that I wanted to use Ralph Lauren Tea Stain Glaze regardless. So I removed the top piece from the island and the middle shelf. Removing the middle shelf made the island look larger because the space opened up more."
I started with the dark blue. Left it like that for about two weeks to see if it would grow on me. It didn't. So I lightly sanded over again so that some of the dark blue could be exposed later and went with the white. I liked it well enough but it just seemed plain so I distressed the edges and gave it some rough spots. Now for the tea stain. I wiped it on using an old white t-shirt.
After letting it sit on for about 3 minutes I would wipe it off with a different old white tee. Wiped gently in the areas where I wanted more of the stain and harder where I didn't. When I messed up I would just rub the area again with more glaze and wipe again. Just in case anyone wanted to see how it looked as I was doing it here are some pics.
It turned out great but now I don't particularly care for the rough spots I put on it. So, I'll give it another couple of weeks and probably re-cover those spots with the white paint and glaze.
I'm a mother of four. Two biological sons and two stepchildren. One of my sons is getting ready to leave for college. My husband and I co-own a property management company. We work together everyday and love the flexibility of owning a business. I love refinishing used furniture. I enjoy viewing others postings of DIY Projects and all of the wonderful ideas.