Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Refinished Cabinet With Hummingbirds

I found this old cabinet for $5 at a yard sale.
I WISH I had a before picture..... when I was moving, I was working on this project, and I was so busy that I forgot to take one!!! 

I can give you an idea though.
It was a stenciled wood design with raised grapes on vines, the wood was stained dark and some of it painted green, kinda like this shelf (but, you know, a cabinet):

Pretty old fashioned. 
And, from my point of view, grapevines are *out*. 

So here it what I did:

-Sanded it. Especially the raised grape spots. 
-Wiped it off and then spray painted it white on the outside and inside. Let it dry.
-Painted the doors a peachy color on the outside. 
-Distressed it with some sandpaper, especially areas where normal wear would occur (handles, sides, doors).
-Took a towel and some brown paint, watered down, and rubbed it all over the surface of the outside of the cabinet to antique it:
Making sure to get the areas where I used the sanded it down well:

One the inside of the cabinet......
-Modpodged some antique sheet music to the inside walls of the cabinet, and the inside of the small drawer:

-Then, on the doors, I used a hummingbird image from The Graphics Fairy and printed it out onto regular paper. Then, I transferred the image using old-standby transer paper and left it the way it was. I really liked the color of the graphite against the door color:

-To finish the project, I sprayed the outside with a clear matte acrylic. 

What do you think?

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  1. I think it's as cute as a button!

  2. woow..... that´s really nice :)
    and do not miss........


    it is FUN :)
    HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

  3. Thanks!!! I love seeing it in my house. :-)

  4. just darling!! :) Thanks for sharing.


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