February 29, 2016 by Terry
One would think that the less surface area to paint on a project the easier it would be …
NOT the case with this piece at all!
As innocent as this beautiful little cabinet looks, it really gave me some grief. Because the glass on the sides and the door were nailed in with bamboo -type strips that appeared to be quite dry, I decided to play it safe and not try to remove them. This meant that I would spend an hour or so just taping everything off and covering the glass with paper to protect it … inside and out! All the curves and details on the windows made this a challenging task in itself not to mention a test of my patience :)
Here is the before of this lovely cabinet.
You can see where taping and papering these detailed doors and windows might take a bit of patience …
To give it an updated fresh new look I painted it with Fusion’s Soap Stone on the outside and Lime Stone on the inside. The whole piece got 2 coats of Fusion’s Top Coat as well as this cabinet gets used daily and it needs to be durable.
I did sand this piece first and used Ultra Grip on it prior to painting it as the original surface was super smooth and had somewhat of a shine to it. I wanted to ensure that the paint adhered properly. The only thing I didn’t like about the Ultra Grip was that it makes your piece feel a bit textured if you aren’t careful when applying it. It isn’t really self leveling. None the less, it is helpful for adhering the paint to a shiny surface.
I think it turned out lovely.
The hardware got a coat of silver metallic paint as well and white wax was used to subtly highlight the carved detail at the bottom of the cabinet door. I tried to give it this effect all the way around the door and side windows but it actually cheapened the look of the cabinet so I removed it leaving only the detail at the bottom.
There are glass shelves that go inside but they didn’t come to me with the cabinet so I couldn’t stage it the way I wanted to … but once they are in it takes this cabinet to a whole other level. It’s owner has the most beautiful seaglass blue and green dinnerware that she stores in it and it looks stunning with the grey and creamy white cabinet.
I could have taken photos of this cabinet all day! It’s so fresh now in it’s new dress!
I hope you have a great day!
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