Do ya’ll love chocolate as much as I do? There are few things I love more, but how about as a theme for a furniture makeover? Today my furniture flippin friends and I are all sharing furniture makeovers inspired by chocolate. Say what?
A few weeks ago I spied an antique cabinet at the DAV thrift store near my house. It was $79 and probably totally worth that, but the door was missing the glass and didn’t close real smoothly so I passed. I went back a week later and it was marked to $49! I just couldn’t pass it up the second time:
It doesn’t actually look too bad in this photo but it wasn’t great in person. I’m not exactly sure what was built up on that corner there, but there were a few places like that…
I decided this would be the piece I would use for this themed makeover, and I had the perfect plan. I decided that with Valentine’s Day so near and all that I would give this makeover a romantic feel. Chocolate=romance right? (For my Hubby it does…wink wink.)
And what would be a better way to translate romance to a piece of furniture than a French love letter stencil?
Pretty, right? Okay so it’s not brown like chocolate…but how about white chocolate? And hmmm that does NOT look anything remotely close to a French love letter on the door there.
Okay you got me. That love letter stencil business turned out to be a big hot mess. I knew I wanted to add a panel to the door instead of replacing the glass so it could provide closed storage, and my original plan was to add the pretty French script across the entire door panel. It was a huge fail. I use spray adhesive like always, but instead of using a small brush like I usually do, I used a sponge and it was a blobby disaster. I decided I needed a plan B, stat. But anything Paris is romantic right? So this is plan B. And romance=chocolate, right? (Even if it is white. 😉 )
The door panel is hardboard. It’s like pegboard but without the holes and I find it at Lowes or the Home Depot. (This is the same thing I use to make chalkboards.) It is super smooth and paints up beautifully. I’ve included affiliate links in this post for your convenience. See my full disclosure here. I attached it to the inside of the door frame with my Logan Point Driver. (Seriously one of my favorite tools in my toolbox!)
This piece gave me quite a bit of trouble though. I was almost out of my tried and true Bulls Eye Clear Shellac, so I was headed to the store to pick up some more since I knew this older piece would likely be a bleeder. It was unseasonably cold for our area so I was reading the recommended minimum temps to be used in when I saw on the label that they had another product they suggested for painted pieces. It was their shellac-based white primer. Perfect!
Oh no it was NOT perfect at all. I applied a coat of that first, then my DIY chalk paint in Pure White (Behrs white right off the shelf). Bled through. I gave it another coat of the shellac primer and a coat of chalk paint, bled through. I gave it a coat of regular old white Zinsser Primer and a coat of chalk paint and guess what? It STILL bled through. Know how I fixed it? I finally decided to wax the darn thing with Annie Sloan’s clear wax, and then applied my chalk paint over that and the heavens opened up and the angels sang! It worked.
I could have kiss that wax! It might have just been this particular piece and whatever that gunk was that had accumulated on the surface, but next time I’m going straight for my regular ole clear shellac!
By the time I got to the stencil on the door and it looked so awful, I knew I had to stop right there and switch to something tried and true.
Stencils are the easiest way to achieve this look for the least amount of effort. I used spray adhesive to temporarily adhere my stencil to the surface of my project. (Spray the stencil, not the project surface.) It should not stick permanently or leave any sticky residue. Then I used the smallest brush from this 3-piece nylon brush set to fill in the stencil using acrylic paint, brushing away from the edges.
After I removed the stencil, I had a couple of areas to fix here and there which I used a script liner brush for. This time it came out really well thank goodness! I also filled in all the gaps in the lettering that gives it away as a stencil using the same brush. (Rinse your stencil right away with warm water. Allow the sticky back to air dry.)
After allowing the paint to dry to completely, I sanded using 220 grit sand paper and sealed with Annie Sloans’s clear soft wax.
The handle is a perfect match, found at Hobby Lobby.
And for the inside…
Ooh la la. I decided instead of just painting the ugly brown hardboard on the back of the cabinet door white, I would cover it in fabric instead. This also covered the points that are holding the panel in place. I had this in my fabric stash…
I kept the rest of the inside a simple white. My thrifted ironstone looks so pretty in it.
I am really so pleased with this cabinet makeover, and I love this inexpensive alternative to replacing the glass.
Several of my friends are also sharing furniture makeovers inspired by chocolate. Visit them at the links below!
I’ll be back on Tuesday and EVERY day after in March sharing a thrifty makeover, 31 thrifty makeovers in 31 days!! It’s going to be fun!
See ya then!!
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