Hello beautiful friends! Today, I’m sharing a cabinet makeover straight out of the 80’s!
This country cabinet belonged to one of our neighbors who was moving at the beginning of the Summer. They had several country decor items including a few adorned with the ever popular hearts. The husband kindly offered to show me the pile of things they were gathering for a yard sale, and said to take anything I was interested in, and this cabinet caught my eye:
They are the same awesome neighbors I curb-shopped my new porch chairs from that I shared in the Spring!
I hope no one gets too upset with me for not leaving the Dentifrice gal as is. Just forewarning y’all, I didn’t keep her.
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Prepping for this cabinet makeover
The first step in recreating this cabinet was to give it a good cleaning with White Lightning:
It was very clean when I got it, but anything that was in our garage when the new kitchen tile was installed got coated in a layer of dust from the tile cutter.
I swapped out the water for clean water and gave it another wipe down to rinse.
There was a knot on the front, so I filled that in next with Dixie Mud since it would be noticeable after painting:
I let that dry overnight and then sanded just that area with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge to smooth it out. There was no need to sand the rest since I chose to use chalk paint for this makeover.
The dust got vacuumed up with my shop vac, and I gave it a quick wipe down with a clean cloth.
Then I was ready for paint!
Painting the Cabinet
I chose Hurricane Gray for this one. It is a gorgeous dark gray:
Everything inside and out got two coats.
Updating the Cabinet Door
For the door, I was unable to remove the girl as she was built into the door, so I decided to cover her with bead board that I cut to fit using my 5″ circular saw. This saw is smaller than a traditional circular saw and super easy to handle. Most of the Ryobi tools I use are run by batteries which is awesome, but they can be costly. However, if you buy one of their sets of tools, they usually include a battery and are much more cost effective. I got this saw in a set with a jig saw and drill, I believe.
Then I trimmed it out with small trim I found at the Home Depot, attaching it with Wood Glue:
Adding a Stencil
The next thing I wanted to do was embellish the top of the compartment on the bottom.
I removed it to be able to work on it more easily and chose a small wreath stencil I had in my stash:
This is one that Dixie Belle used to sell but no longer does. I secured it to the surface using spray adhesive, spraying the back of the stencil. This holds it securely in place and helps to prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencil. I then used a small brush to paint in the stencil with acrylic craft paint, making sure to brush away from the edges as much as possible.
I also decided to add a grain sack stripe using FrogTape, to fill the space on either side.
It took three coats of paint for solid coverage. After the final coat of paint, I removed the stencil and the tape right away.
It looked lot a lot like a stencil, so to make it look more hand painted, I went back with a liner brush and connected the leaves:
You can see more on how I stencil in this video:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
Sanding the cabinet
Once everything was dry, I gave it a good standing with 220 grit sandpaper. Sanding over the stencil will smooth out any imperfections:
Sealing the Cabinet
After vacuuming up the sanding dust with my shop vac and giving it a final wipe with a clean cloth, it was time to seal!
I worked in sections, applying it with my Best Dang Brush and buffing it away using a clean, soft cloth:
Ready to see the result??
I don’t often use darker shades, but Hurricane Gray is one I love.
It contrasts so perfectly with the bright white. The bead board is painted in Cotton.
The FrogTape creates perfect stripes!
I considered adding a chalkboard to the front, but I’m glad I went with the bead board.
The inside was painted in the same gray…
I lined the inside of the door with pretty paper:
One cool feature of this cabinet is that the back was made of several strips of wood.
It isn’t screaming 1985 anymore!
In shop news, Dixie Belle has just launched a couple of new products, and they are now available in my Etsy shop!
New item #1
The first is a paint brush cleaner called Clean as a Whistle:
These products were just launched last Wednesday, and I was unpacking them on Sunday, so I haven’t had a chance to try this brush cleaner yet, but I’ll report back when I do. It’s a cleaner and conditioner for your brushes! It retails for $11.95.
New item #2
The second item launched are sample packs of the Silk line! There are two sample packs that each contain two 4oz sizes of Silk paint. You ‘ll be able to test the Silk out on something small to see how you like it!
The first pack includes one 4oz jar of Whitecap and one 4oz jar of Bay Breeze, and the second sample pack includes one 4oz jar of Cape Current and one 4oz jar of Anchor:
These retail for $14.95.
I also added a few of Dixie Belle’s Oval Medium Brushes:
They’re not new, just a bit pricey at $40. That’s why I’ve hesitated to stock them, but I had a request to carry them, so I started with just a few.
And that’s it!
Awesome new stuff and another project complete!
If we were playing Summer Haul BINGO, I just won ha ha!
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I’ll be back on Thursday with this antique table I picked up an estate sale:
See y’all then!
UPDATE!! See how this pretty antique table looks now here!
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