I love a good hall cupboard makeover - not that these sweet little cupboards can only be used in a hallway obviously!
This cupboard was a lovely shape - how sweet is the curved base and moulded doors. It's in lovely condition but was a little bit too orange for my liking. Someone sent me an email this week basically asking permission to paint their orange timber bedroom furniture (Don't you just love how we need permission sometimes, from people on the other side of the world even!). Her whole family is trying to talk her out of it and telling her to learn to love it. I said "Life is way too short to live with, much less learn to love, orange wood."
get me a paint brush....
White paint to the rescue.
|The left door doesn't sit flush when closed but if you can't deal with this small imperfection, don't buy old furniture.|
I left the top natural timber (stained a dark walnut and sealed for durability) so throw your keys down with content.
The cabinet even has a key with it - such a lovely shape.
I scored this gorgeous teapot recently. Actually Sasha and I found some absolute gems last week at the markets. I'll share them soon. I love the tarnish on this teapot. I know it will scrub up beautifully but there's such beauty in the aged patina that I don't want to make it all shiny and new again. The roses are from our garden. I got rid of the aphids and the rosebushes and thanking me abundantly for it.
For this painted part of this cabinet, I lightly sanded, two coats of primer as I thought it may bleed, 3 coats of acrylic based flat paint and a top coat of wax. For the top, I sanded off the old finished, reducing the grit of the sandpaper till the timber was smooth and then cleaned and gave it two coats of walnut coloured stain. As far as I'm concerned walnut is the only colour too use for staining. I find all the other stains too reddish/orange for me. I just like dark brown. Fussy, aren't I? (I'm just going to say particular but I know my family will say otherwise). I then sealed it with a Porters sealer, sanding between coats.
The inside of the cabinet was just in perfect condition so I left it untouched. Well, I cleaned and dusted it but luckily it didn't even need oiling or waxing.
Some progress shots for you.
Before - not bad shape at all but the colour was awful.
Stripped top and one coat of primer.
Painted and stained, ready for sealing and distressing. I also didn't like the white knobs so I stripped the paint off them and left them the original dark finish so they tie in with the timber.
If you are interested, this
is for sale has sold now. Such a great functional piece. Details here.
Don't you just LOVE white paint!
Have a great weekend