Look what I found on the curb when I took a wrong turn. I am one of those people who can get lost going around the block. The day I found this cabinet was no exception.
Last summer I took a furniture painting class to learn new techniques. Before class started I took a trip to Suncoast Technical School for a dry run and missed my turn when I was going home.
Lo and behold I saw a piece of furniture on the curb. I missed that driveway but pulled into the next parking lot. The piece is a Herndon cabinet with a glass top to protect the wood. And man is it heavy, especially when I had to lug it to my car and maneuver it in the back seat.
As I struggled with it all I could imagine is the people driving by and looking out the windows wondering what this lunatic is doing but it is worth the struggle… I must have knocked off a little bit of the wood when I tried to get it in the car. Once I got home I glued the pieces back and smoothed it out with wood filler. My vision was to update it in a rustic cottage look.
So I got to work by painting the cabinet base with primer first. I have skipped this step on occasion and made more work for myself in the long run so now when the piece of furniture has a medium to dark shiny finish I usually prime it.
After I finished priming the cabinet, I mixed up a batch of DIY chalk paint using my favorite Sherwin-Williams color, Creamy. The recipe I like is one part Plaster of Paris mixed with enough water for a pancake or crepe like consistency. Then three parts paint. Mix well. I generally mix up small batches and have an idea of how much for what I am painting. If the chalk paint starts to thicken I add a little water and stir well.
I generally like to layer paint but for this project I only used the creamy color. I think I must have painted it with three coats of paint, maybe two . I finished it by lightly sanding the cabinet, enough to smooth it out but not to distress it. Last step was to wax it with the clear wax and buff it to a nice, smooth glow.
Then came the top and the inside of the drawer. I did this technique at the class I took. First I painted the top and the inside of the drawer with the Meadowlark by Sherwin-Williams. After the paint was dry, I poured the other colors in a pie tin.
I used Sherwin-Williams sample paint in Tea Chest, which is a dark brown. Meadowlark and Portabella, they are a medium brown. The undertone leans towards yellow which goes with Creamy. I used cheese cloth as my brush and layered the Tea Chest and Portabella paint on the top. You don’t want to put the paint down like we did in our sponge painting days. This method is more like patting it and layering for a mottled effect.
I wish I had someone photograph me as I was doing it but I think you understand what I mean. I also rolled the cheesecloth to blend the colors. Now you want to change the cheese cloth frequently as it will shed. That is what happened on my class project but I like texture so I didn’t mind how my table turned out. And my project did turn out good.
I cleaned up the brass hardware. You can tell this was an expensive cabinet. The glass that is cut to fit is so thick. It is another one of those pieces I would have kept except it wasn’t the right size for my TV go to on and I really don’t need furniture.
I always figure it this way, why not try something new. It is only paint and can be sanded down and redone. What do you think about what I found on the curb when I took a wrong turn?
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