Does this cabinet look familiar? It is the mate to the cabinet I showed you a couple of weeks ago. Except this has a door instead of drawers. Now, are you wondering why I am showing you a cabinet painted in the same way? Because the person who bought the 2 drawer cabinet wanted its partner. I duplicated it in 5 steps to painting furniture for a professional finish.
This cabinet was rougher than the other one. Assess any problems and determine how to correct them. For instance, the top of this cabinet was beaten up. The paint was some kind of latex. Actually, it appeared to be plastic. I sanded the top and then used paint stripper. I also sanded the rest of the cabinet but only to rough it up.
Prepare the piece for paint. I generally use milk paint or a chalk-like paint. For this piece, I used Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder. Most of the time I don’t need to prime a piece. I felt this needed a primer because of the paint previously used. On some pieces, it will need to be shellacked to prevent bleed through.
Figure out the look. I wanted a clean look for the cabinet with the drawers and this one. But I knew I wanted to give it a bit of a vintage or distressed look. Since I didn’t want the original paint color to show or the primer I painted the cabinets in a deep navy blue. I wanted the underlayer to coordinate with the black hardware without being black.
Determine how to paint the piece. I tipped it on the top (granted I had already primed it but it worked). I usually always start on the underside first. This cabinet is so heavy so I primed and painted the navy and white and waxed it before turning it right side up. I also started painting the top and sides of the interior so I wouldn’t have to tip it over again. It made the rest of the process so much easier. Basically, I repeated the same process as I did on the bottom.
If you are painting a cabinet start with the interior. Does the piece have drawers? Pull them out and work on them. Do the legs screw off? Take them off and paint them separate from the body. And don’t forget to remove the hardware. Clean it up and repaint if needed if they will be reused.
Now, these are the basics. As you know each piece has its own set of problems and experience helps. But if you know the 5 steps to painting furniture for a professional finish it will give you a good foundation.
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