One of my favorite customers found this little wall cupboard thingie at an estate sale for me.
(Please ignore the reflection of me in my shabby painting clothes in the mirror.)
I have to admit that the veneer on this piece was actually quite pretty. I would have felt bad about painting it, except for the fact that the veneer was starting to buckle in a few spots and it would have required refinishing to bring it back to its former glory due to some blotchy fading. I suspect it was kept somewhere where it was exposed to some sunlight.
But then, there’s also the fact that it just wasn’t anything special ‘as is’. I knew I could give it a bit more personality with a makeover.
I started by painting the inside in Dixie Belle’s new Silk paint in a color called Tide Pool.
If you haven’t heard must about Dixie Belle’s new line of paint, it is rather different from their chalk mineral paint. It has a built in stain blocker, primer and top coat. That’s a big plus because you only have to buy one product instead of three. You also only have to apply one product instead of three, and it takes fewer coats to get good coverage at that. However, it still took two coats to get full coverage inside this cupboard. Once cured (21 to 30 days) it is also washable. All of these qualities make this the perfect paint for using inside a cupboard like this one.
Next up I painted the outside using Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth. After sanding it a little with 220 grit paper to smooth it out and distress the edges a bit, I took a look at the transfers I had on hand. In the end, I decided the Cosmic Roses transfer from re.design with prima would work beautifully with the Tide Pool color. Plus I just happened to have a partially used portion of it in my stash.
I just played around with various segments of the transfer and placed them where I thought they looked best on the cupboard.
I wrapped the transfer around each side.
If you look closely, you’ll see that I don’t achieve perfection when doing this. Especially around those hinges. But I’m OK with that. Perfection is totally overrated.
After wrapping the section of transfer that was on the front of the cupboard up and over the top I was left with a harsh edge about 1″ in on the top where it ended. I didn’t like the look of that. So I sanded that edge to soften it, and then I layered another section of transfer over it. It blends quite nicely now.
As you’ve probably noticed, I swapped out the original brass knobs for some clear glass.
I happened to have a couple of smaller ones on hand that fit perfectly and they add just the right amount of sparkle to the piece.
This was such a fun little project to work on, I totally enjoyed it! Honestly, creating pieces like this is what keeps me going these days. It’s so satisfying to take something that was boring and outdated and make it pretty again.
I don’t have anywhere to put this one though, so I will be selling it. If any of you locals are interested, please be sure to reach out by Tuesday (the details are on my ‘available for local sale‘ page). Otherwise it’s going in to Reclaiming Beautiful this week!
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle for providing the paint and to re.design with prima for providing the transfer used on today’s project.