Hello lovelies! I am so glad you stopped by today! Thank you for all the love on my laundry room makeover…I should share room makeovers more often!!
I thought it was time to meet with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls today, but I was a week ahead, so I’ll be solo today sharing this cabinet that my dad built:
Years ago, for about 15ish years, my parents and I did several craft markets a year together. This is one of the cabinets my dad had left from those days. My mom would paint them with beautiful designs on them. When my dad was cleaning out his storage room over the garage, he offered this to me, so lucky for me, this project piece was FREE! Thanks, dad!
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When I was looking through my transfer stash for the rest of the Rose Celebration transfer that I used on this dresser so that I could create a matching set with this drum table I shared last week, I also came across what was left of this transfer:
This one is called Somewhere in France, and you can likely find it if you do a search for it on Etsy.
I used two of the three panels from it on my favorite furniture makeover of 2020:
So, with one panel left, I was inspired by that dresser to give this little cabinet a similar makeover. It was also a challenge to see if I could add the same sophistication!
Painting the Cabinet
I started by sanding all over to smooth out the wood finish using 220 grit sandpaper.
Normally, I would have primed the raw wood, but I went straight to painting, giving this cabinet two coats of Caviar and it did just fine:
Then I sanded lightly all over again with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around and old foam sanding sponge. I made sure not to hit the corners too hard since I did not want a distressed look for this piece and did not want the raw wood to show through.
Adding the transfer
Then I cut apart pieces of my transfer to add them where I wanted them to go. Applying transfers is as easy as peeling off the backing, laying the top piece on your surface, and burnishing the transfer onto your surface using the included tool:
Once the image was transferred, I peeled the top layer off slowly. (If any of the transfer remains on the top, lay it back down and burnish some more. You do have to be careful where you place it, because once it touches down, it is pretty much stuck!)
Sealing the finish
Once I had all the pieces of transfer where I wanted them, I sealed the entire piece. For dark pieces, you will get a nicer finish if you add just a touch of paint to your sealer.
I dipped my stir stick into the paint and that is all I added to my Satin Clear Coat:
It makes for a lovely finish and prevents the “ghosting” you get when you run your finger across a dark painted piece. I used my blue sponge applicator to apply it.
The big reveal
And here is how this cabinet turned out:
It may not be as sophisticated as the inspiration piece, but it is certainly more so than it was before!
There are so many possibilities with a small cabinet like this!
The panels would have been perfect with something in them like fabric or decoupage paper, but I didn’t want all the attention to go there.
And how about this mirror?
Isn’t she gorgeous?? Would you believe I found her at the thrift store for only $9.98? Just look at the details!
I’ve had this for a couple of years. I definitely wanted to keep it, but I really don’t want to paint it, and I have yet to find a space for it, so I will continue to store in my storage room for now.
I kept the inside of this cabinet simple and just painted it Caviar also.
I really wanted to use glass pulls for this piece, but I didn’t have enough of one kind or two sets that worked well together, so I opted for these brass pulls that came off of another piece:
They were aged just perfectly to match this piece:
And for the bottom, I chose these to coordinate that also came off of another piece at one time:
Just right and both sets were FREE!
This cabinet didn’t cost me anything out of pocket, actually, since I used a left over transfer, the hardware came off other pieces, and my dad gave me the cabinet! Woot woot!
And another one done woohoo!
Revisit any of these makeovers at the links below:
Before I go, I wanted to announce that Dixie Belle’s newest line of paint, Silk, should be delivered today!!
This new line is mineral-based instead of chalk-based. It is a whole new kind of paint with a built-in topcoat that will be perfect for pieces that you do not want a distressed look for! I am SO excited to try it out, and actually, it would have been perfect for today’s project!
I usually get my deliveries around 11:00 am, so I am hoping to have it unpacked, photographed, and listed in my online shop by this afternoon! It comes in just the 16oz size and will retail for $24.95.
Here is the Hamptons-inspired color palette:
Lovely! I’ll be testing it out on this little cutie this weekend:
I hope you have an amazing weekend!!
UPDATE: This sweet chair is done! See it HERE now!
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