Beautiful friends, welcome back! I had promised on Tuesday that I would be back with my latest thrift store haul, but then I discovered that today is actually Furniture Fixer Upper Day!
It Falls on the fourth Thursday of each month, which is usually the final week of the month. Well, oopsie! It came early this time, but no worries!
I’m sure you won’t mind revisiting this pretty lady:
I shared this one a couple of years ago, but it is a favorite!
I picked up this cabinet at an estate sale that had crazy good deals since it was the final day and everything was half price. This was originally marked at $48, but I got it for a steal at $24!
I don’t normally buy pieces that are already painted, but it was such a great deal that I made an exception this time. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
That meant that I had to remove the existing paint, so my rotary sander and I got busy…
I knew that when I painted the areas I sanded back down to bare wood, I would see natural wood coming through after distressing and that is not what I wanted. I decided to stain those areas with these staining cloths.
This was so that when I painted and sanded after, I would get darker brown showing through the paint. They dry really quickly and are perfect for this application, but these days, I would skip right to painting and bust out my distressing block and Coffee Bean paint and fake the distressing! (See more on that in this post.)
Once the stain was completely dry (about an hour) I gave it two coats of an oops paint that I made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) This was pre-Dixie Belle days!
I decided to paint the fretwork white to contrast a little:
I just gave it one coat of white and then sanded it all over with 220 grit sandpaper…
I did give it a coat of spray shellac first just in case it was a bleeder.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Now let me tell you the tale of the INSIDE, little troublemaker that it was. (Just in case y’all think everything always goes according to plan around here.)
Here is how it looked before:
Dirty, but no problem, right?
I gave it a good wipe down to start. Then I figured I would need to seal it to prevent bleed-through, so I gave it a good coat of Shellac using an old chip brush since that was all I had on hand at the time.
Nope…bled through all over!
This was the battle that ensued on these bleeders back before I discovered BOSS! A coat or two of BOSS and that would have been that!
Ugh. So I made a Home Depot run to pick up a few foam brushes which is what I usually used to apply the shellac. I applied another coat and waited the recommended time before attempting another coat of paint. After applying that coat, I still got bleed through. I’m fairly certain cursing was involved.
How did I finally combat that dreaded bleed-through?
I sealed the inside with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax, and guess what? I actually still got some areas that bled through, but just a few.
I applied wax again in just those few areas and that finally did the trick.
Dixie Belle’s BOSS would have tamed this beast no problem!
I held my breath as I applied my final coat of paint…thankfully it worked that go round:
I sanded the interior lightly and sealed with clear wax.
The white interior really made this piece look clean and fresh…like a place you would actually want to store your freshly washed towels!
My favorite, of course, was the door…
That pretty fretwork detail really made this piece special.
I used my Logan point driver to resecure the glass and fretwork:
I added this glass knob since it didn’t have any way of pulling it open before:
I assume the key is what was used to pull it open originally, but that was missing.
This would be a perfect piece to store extra bathroom supplies if you had room for it.
However, when I first shared this makeover, I was told that it was originally meant to hold sheet music, hence the wafer thin shelving inside. That totally makes sense!
Don’t go anywhere just yet, my friends have furniture flips of their own today, and theirs are all brand new makeovers!
Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy day to visit. I truly appreciate every one of you!
And if you missed my post on Tuesday, I put together a Dixie Belle Product Reference Guide:
I had several people ask if there was a printable version. I went back yesterday and added one to the bottom of the post for those that want to print it out for future reference!
I will be back on Tuesday sharing my newest haul…it’s a big one!!
Have an amazing weekend!
UPDATE: See all the goodies in my newest haul HERE now!
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