Isn’t this cabinet amazing?! When a friend offered this to me for FREE, I couldn’t resist! My hubs was sweet to pick it up for me. I told him it was heavy so he took Kaden and the 2 guys at the house where it was helped as well…four guys later, and it was in the truck! Trav (my hubs) said it might be the heaviest thing he’s ever moved. I couldn’t do it without Trav, he’s one amazing hubs in so many ways!
I actually really did like the original color. I knew the color wasn’t really going to work in my space and thought it would be really pretty if it was a lighter wood color. As sanding an entire piece of furniture takes transporting in outside and then back in, I decided to just make the wood a lighter color by painting it and then antiquing it. There was a small “shell” imprint down the front sides and back sides of the cabinet. I didn’t really love the shell design so I filled it in with plastic wood filler and then sanded it flat with 100 grit sand paper, before painting it.
I started the technique by painting it with two coats of “Off White” Behr paint in matte finish.
I wasn’t sure if the technique that I wanted to use was going to work, so I tried it on one of the sides of the cabinet and it looked great! After painting, I sanded it lightly with a 220 grit sanding block and then added the antiquing glaze.
I use this glaze often, it’s one of my favorite products and lasts for a long time, through lots of projects! The left side, below, is after one coat of the glaze and the right side is after two. It’s even so pretty after just one coat!
I’m in love with the way that it turned out! I thought about adding knobs, but I love it so much without them! I know we will need some knobs, especially for the drawers, so off to look for the perfect hardware!
The finish is super smooth after the glaze is applied!
I initially wanted to take the top decorative piece off. I’m so glad that I kept it! I love it!
I also love how the wood texture shows through to make it look like lightly stained/bleached wood.
I would love to hear if you have ever done a technique similar to this! It’s so much easier than sanding and bleaching! I will be using it a lot more!
My attempt to sit on this cabinet and look cute with my legs crossed failed. This thing is a beast!
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