Hello lovelies!! I love that ya’ll seem to be as excited as I am about my new pile of treasures I shared last week! I can’t wait to get started, but first, I wanted to share a project I did for one of my dearest friends.
I get a lot of people asking me to redo things for them or help them redo things, but honestly, as much as I would like to, I just don’t have the time to help everyone. Plus, I don’t want the pressure of being responsible for someone else’s vision, you know? I don’t mind showing someone the basics to get started so they can tackle a project on their own, but I try not to take on other people’s projects as much as possible. (My sister is different because she lets me do what I want ha ha!) This friend I’ve known since before I was married the first time, before babies, and we’ve both helped the other navigate the rocky road of divorce, so when she mentioned she wanted to update a cabinet, I made an exception.
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Here is what she wanted to breathe new life into:
(You can find those furniture wheels HERE.)
And here is the inside:
I’m not sure what kind of cabinet it is or what it was made for. She believes it held a small TV at one time. It looks like it may have been handmade because of the raw wood and odd moldings on the inside.
She wanted to lighten this cabinet up and requested a whitewashed look.
Here is what I did to lighten up her cabinet:
I normally prefer to use a gray base for whitewashing (You can see my process for that in this post HERE.), but my friend wanted the base to stay brown so it would tie in with her existing wood furniture.
To get this look, I mixed water and Dixie Belle Cotton with about one part water to three parts Cotton. Then I applied it with a brush and simply wiped it back off right away with a cotton cloth.
Here is what it looked like after one application:
It needed a second coat, so again, I applied the watered-down paint with a brush:
Then I went over it right away with a cotton cloth:
I wear gloves because removing the paint with a cloth can get pretty messy.
I try to wipe in nice straight lines since you will see the marks left by the cloth.
If you don’t like the way it looks, simply add more paint and wipe off again. You can also use a cloth dampened with water to remove any paint if you get too much in one area.
Here is where trouble set in. I went to apply clear coat in satin on the side of the cabinet to seal, and it yellowed. I have never experienced this with Dixie Belle clear coat. The sealer did NOT cause the discoloration. It was the tannins from underneath coming through, and that is when I realized that this cabinet or the sides at least were made of cherry.
If I were painting it solid white, I would likely have noticed the discoloration right away, and I would have taken another step before proceeding, but because we were going with this whitewashed look, it was hard to tell. Had I realized it was going to bleed, I would have used Dixie Belle BOSS in clear first. Had I given this cabinet a coat of the BOSS in clear before getting started, that would have sealed in those tannins and still let the brown show through like my friend wanted.
Luckily, I was able to paint right over it with the whitewash technique:
I instead sealed with Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in clear. Problem solved.
If I were painting this for myself, I might have painted the doors solid white, and maybe even added a graphic to them, but this is what was requested. It looks way better than it started!
I didn’t take any after photos of the inside since I didn’t make it all pretty like I normally do for pieces I would sell. My friend picked up her cabinet on Sunday and was very happy with it.
Now I’m excited to get started on my haul!! I asked ya’ll which piece I should start with, and you mentioned both the secretary and the Bombay table, so I will be starting with the secretary and will be back to share what I did with it on Thursday!
See ya then!
UPDATE! This pretty lady is all done and ready for you to see HERE! 🙂
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