This one doesn’t have a before or during – but I thought I’d share it’s after as it sold this week.
The cabinet arrived pre-painted a light yellow, and I was afraid to use JUST chalk/clay paint. I’m a sander, meaning I prefer to sand my chalk/clay paint finishes before sealing. I also like to play off the piece’s original finish, but in this case that would have meant revealing back to light yellow, and I didn’t want that.
So I started with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat in a color called Hazelnut – it reminds me of a lighter version of CeCe’s Cinco Bayou Moss and American Paints Desert Cactus. I brushed on one coat and let it dry. Using the Texture Basecoat first creates a base that will be harder to sand through – so in a sense it will protect me from sanding right down to that yellow –
The Caromal Hazelnut brushed on, then over that I brushed CeCe Caldelll’s Dover White. When it dried I sanded to get a nice smooth feel, then sealed it with American’s Clear Wax, cut with a little bronze mica powwder.
I pulled out an old crystal knob from my stash and thought it was perfect –
I grabbed a scrapbook paper to dress up the front door. This one was a thicker, sparkly one – I used Modge Podge to adhere –
The paper was thick enough that it created a little bit of ridge at the seam (where the 2 sheets met) – go figure RIGHT smack in the middle of the drawer.
To detract from it, I pulled out a big stencil and stenciled over the front area – that really helped. I added a piping trim around the frame of the inner panel to give the door a finished look –
Out in the store soaking up some sun – now it’s off to a nice home!
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