Thursday, December 15, 2011

Painted China Cabinet

What is it about the color white that is so appealing and the color of old brown wood that just doesn't do it for me?  I know stained wood has it's benefits, like not showing wear and fingerprints and what not, but there's something so fabulous about a coat of white lacquer on a piece of furniture. White goes with everything, looks so clean and fresh, and gives old furniture a new life.  

I found this old mid-century modern china cabinet at the Raleigh State Fairgrounds Flea Market for $100. It was okay looking (see below) in it's pre wood state, but really needed a new life.  

Here is the after shot:

Here is the before shot. Do you see what I did inside the cabinet? Here it is all monochromatic in brown. I know this piece could have looked good in the right house, just not my house.  Notice my old pink walls too. I miss that color.  Have you noticed the difference yet on the inside?

It's blue right? Well sort of.

I wallpapered the inside of the hutch with textured wallpaper called "Ceiling Tiles" by Allen and Roth from Lowes. Then I painted it with an Interior Latex Paint by Valspar called Intercoastal Gray. I used a brush around the edges and a foam roller brush to really get into the grooves.  After the paint was dry I re-installed the shelves in the unit.

The whole unit was sanded with 120 grit sandpaper, then primed with an Oil Based primer. I like to use oil base to really ensure a nice finish. Then I painted it with an Interior Latex Paint in a standard off the shelf white.  Between each coat of paint I like to sand with a 220 grit sandpaper ensuring each coat sticks properly. After the white was nice and cured, I used three coats of Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat in a Gloss finish.  At some point, I'd like to refinish the hardware on it, but for now I just left it as is.

I think painting this piece really made a difference. I love how it turned out and how it blends in with the wall, and the dark interior draws your eye in.

Have you painted any furniture lately?


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