Friday, May 15, 2015

A Painted Pine Crystal Cabinet

You may have seen this piece in progress but I love a good before and after series so thought I'd show you the finished product.

hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

Rebecca asked me to paint her crystal cupboard and initially asked for it in ivory but when I went to pick it up and saw her house I felt that the ivory might just make the cabinet disappear against her Antique White USA walls. I suggested a taupe and she loved the idea. I then showed her my kitchen which I hand painted in Colorbond Dune and she loved it even more; so Colorbond Dune it was.

hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

Rebecca didn't like that the pine had turned orange as it aged so she'd tried to stain the timber but the process she used didn't work. You can see her effort on the bottom drawer so she gave up and called me to paint it. 

Normally to paint a crystal cupboard my preference would be to remove all the glass but this wasn't possible on this piece so I had to paint around it and when I got some paint on the glass I removed the paint once it was dry. If you can removed the glass it makes it much quicker, easier and neater.  I also removed the doors and all hardware. 

hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

I then sanded, cleaned, primed and painted a few coats in a DIY mix of Colorbond Dune. Once it was all finished I top coated with wax for a lovely smooth finish. I replaced the original metal ring hardware with these crystal handles. Gosh it sounds quick and easy when I write it like that!

hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

Rebecca loved it and it looks fabulous against her walls and her taupe curtains. Great colour choice.Although i think you can never go wrong with taupe..or grey..or white.

Fiona xx


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