When our friend Linda told me that she had a vintage cabinet in her basement that she wanted to get rid of, of course I wanted to hear more. Apparently it was left by the former owner of her home and had been in the basement for many, many, many years. When I was finally able to get over there to take a look at her, I was smitten.
Look how pretty!
But clearly the poor dear was in need of some tlc.
|What the heck happened here?|
|Talk about split ends...|
A coat of creamy white paint, a little antiquing, and some pretty, textural cabinet pulls and she would be sitting pretty...
So here's what we did:
First, a bit of sanding. Not a whole lot, because I just like to get to the fun stuff, like primer. (Wooo hooo! Primer!) I basically just sanded where ever paint was flaking off.
The top was is bad shape, and no amount of sanding would have solved the problem. (Well, maybe it would have, but who has that kind of time?) So we got a piece of plywood cut to size at Home Depot and covered that sucka right up.
|Those helpers sure are good looking. It's a lucky lady who gets to hang out with them every day!|
|There we go. Much better!|
I wanted this cabinet to be a creamy white. Guess what color they have. "Creamy White." It was exactly right. Imagine that.
So with my trusty paint roller and handy-dandy brushes, I had the first coat done in 20 minutes. Just look at the transformation already. It is at this point when the creative juices really start flowing. You can totally see all that she could be.
|Ooops. Looks like I forgot some spots. Or, I kept getting plumbers butt every time I bent down to paint a lower section. Wonderful #1 kept making fun of me. So I had to stop.|
After two coats were done and dry, I started the antiquing process. I Googled my ass off trying to find the best (and easiest) technique. Turns out, it's not all that hard. You grab yourself some type of sanding implement, a wood stain, and cheese cloth, and you're good to go. Watch this!
1. Use your sanding implement - sandpaper or sanding block - to sand edges or surfaces where you want the wood or previous color to come through the top coat. Sand those areas until you are happy with the look.
See all those areas where the blue is showing? That's where I sanded.
More sanded areas. As you can see, on the door molding I sanded clear down to the original wood. Some of the tutorials I read advised using a candle to apply wax over areas where you want color to show through *before* you paint the piece. That way the paint does not adhere to those areas. As I did not read these tutorials before I painted, I skipped that step. Ahem. But I think the way I did it turned out just as I would have wanted anyway. So, no harm done.
After your have sanded the crap out of areas you want to be "antiqued," you move on to the wood stain step. I was terrified of this step because it involves rubbing a dark stain color all over my pretty newly painted surface. Ack! But I had to trust the goddesses of craft blogging who do this all the time, much better than I, and Just Do It.
So I just did it.
2. Select a medium to dark stain color. I choose a Minwax shade called "Early American." You're going to basically "stain on, stain off" here, in a fairly swift manner. I don't have pictures of this step, but all you do is take a bit of stain on your cheese cloth (wear rubber gloves!), and with one hand, rub it on an area that you'd like to look aged. With your other hand, rub it off. That's it!
I was shocked and delighted at how easy it was to achieve the look I wanted. I did it over the entire piece and it gave it a perfect "mellowed by age" look. I love, love, love it.
|Close up of "tea staining." No actual tea was harmed in the taking of this picture.|
Here is the basic equation:
Twine + knob
+ hot glue gun (- giant ice coffee)
|Wrap n Roll.|
x (wrapping and gluing)
|Glue as you go. Be careful! That stuff is hot. For reals.|
|Snip off the end to size and glue it down in the center.|
= nice knobs (that's what he said).
|Dontcha just love her?|
This makeover was featured on the very fabulous Roadkill Rescue. Yay! Thanks Beckie!