So it's Monday morning & I've had my cup of coffee & I'm awake :). Time to show you guys my cabinet that never made it to the final round of competition..... As I mentioned earlier, this was a curb side find. My hubby & I had just had a discussion about how I need to stop filling our garage up with furniture to paint. I explained to him that I would try to control myself & not bring home any more when, whatya know, his parents call me & tell me that their neighbor is throwing out two cabinets. They emailed me photos & I immediately said "yes, I want them"...(sorry hubby). I did show a little restraint, I only took one of them.
It wasn't in too bad of shape, just some veneer peeling off so I found a place for it in my garage. I knew right away what I wanted to do with this cabinet so it wasn't in my garage too long. First I painted it with chalk paint, using the shade Napoleonic Blue. I decided that I really like this color, & that I need to use it more often.
|just getting started|
After painting it blue I used some stencils that I had on the inset part of the doors. I actually hate using stencils...I always smear the images & splatter paint everywhere. As a result I always end up going back & painting over a bunch of the images, in this case the flowers. I just went & hand painted a few of them & then touched up the rest that I could save.
|after all the stencils were done & yes, I paint in my front hallway :)|
It's probably just me, but I'm not a big fan of stencils..... After fixing the flowers I then used a layer of clear wax, followed by a little bit of the dark wax in some spots. I also used a little bit of rub-n-buff on the hardware too. Then my favorite part.....distressing it. I have long come to the conclusion that I do not like "perfect" things. I like stuff that looks like it has stood the test of time & that has been "loved".
|before & after|