I was recently asked by Danielle to paint her little white Chinese style cabinet. It had been painted very haphazardly in white. Very shabby, not so chic.
I started out by giving it all a sand to remove some of the previous paint job's brush marks and paint drips. I then spent an hour one night removing the handles and metal plaques. They were pinned in with metal loops that went through to the back of the wood and then were looped back in to the wood. Very difficult to remove! I filled the holes with wood putty and started mixing my paint. For the drawers I sanded the surface completely clear of paint so there was no ridges where the metal bits had been.
For this project I used some beautiful Porters Eggshell in Explorer Blue in a homemade chalk paint recipe. The resulting paint was beautifully smooth and matte that needed no priming and took the wax beautifully.
Danielle wanted a little shelf in the cabinet so I used some of the cedar skirting board I got from the builders up the road as well as another piece of wood and cut a shelf, adhering it with Liquid Nails.
I also replaced the metal handles with some crackle porcelain handles that are made in France. After waxing I sanded and buffed the cabinet till it shone and was silky smooth.
I think the cabinet is breathing a sigh of relief in its new clothes!
Paint is such a good way to totally transform your outdated furniture. I don't think you could even imagine that this was the same piece.
The little glass blue speckled eggs are from a set that were my Mum's. We all took one each but for my birthday my step-sister gave me back one of them so I now have two. My dad had given them to my mum years and years ago and they always sat on Mum's sideboard.
Got any furniture at your place that needs painting?
I certainly do! Still sitting at my orange pine desk....