This little cabinet was looking very unloved and in a sorry state. The front panels had split and it was all scuffed and looking extremely rustic. I always look past the marks, the colour, the state of the wood and only look at the shape and the original quality of manufacture (eg dovetailed joins, not plywood etc), and I loved the shape of this cabinet. I bought it at auction and it was one of those pieces when you can see other people shaking their heads and wondering why you'd be buying it.
Do they not know the magical power of paint?
I filled the cracked wood and sanded the cabinet all over to smooth out some scratches and dings. I originally was thinking that this would be lovely in white but I was worried it would bleed a little so I decided to go dark and pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint tin of French Linen. I adore this colour and the coverage is great. I gave this two coats and there was no bleed through thankfully. Still, if I'd used white paint, I would have needed 3-4 coats to cover up that dark wood.
Once the French Linen paint was dry I highlighted the details and Fleur de lis in Pure White Chalk Paint. Once that was dry I gave the whole cabinet a good coat of wax. I am trying to minimise how many different tins of wax I have so I used a lovely wax I bought ages ago. It is Organoil Natural Paste and Polish - it smells divine, very citrus-y. It says specifically on the back to not use the wax over paint but ha, ha rebel that I am, I just ignore that and have been using this wax for absolutely ages and have never had any trouble.
After the wax was no longer tacky, I sanded the cupboard with a fine sanding foam and got it very smooth and nicely distressed on the edges. I then gave it another quick wax and buffed it with a balled up pair of old pantyhose. It is now very smooth and shiny.
The photo above is an iPhone photo but it shows the reflection and shine you achieved with the pantyhose and buffing. I wasn't spit polishing my shoes in the Airforce for all those years for nothing, you know!
This is still a rustic little cupboard but it's looking a lot better now and is for sale. The Key is currently not turning but the cabinet opens and closes well despite that. I may be able to fix the key anyway. A task for today amongst other things.
and here it was before: (a terrible photo but isn't that what before photos are meant to be - just to make the transformation all the more spectacular!)
Dimensions are 95cm wide, 41 cm deep and 77cm tall.
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Have a great day.