I LOVED this update - and sold it to a friend before I had a chance to list it.
I bought this dated (let's just say it: *ugly*) old cabinet at an estate auction for either $7.50 or $12.50..at this point I can no longer remember.
The inside was nothing to write home about. So I didn't. Poor family is still waiting for a letter...
Now for the 'AFTER!'
Ta da! I didn't want to give this cabinet just any old makeover (because frankly, it needed more than that!). All the 'ombre' furniture makeovers I had been seeing inspired me (and since that fad was a few years old, it was about time for me to jump on the bandwagon) so I thought the cabinet was a perfect makeover. I had a blue-grey paint I used as my base colour and simply added black or white paint to get the colour gradation.
I loved how it ended up looking like stained-glass!
The inside deserved a little attention, so I gave it a fresh coat of white paint. I also removed the hardware and spray painted them from retro-gold to modern-brushed silver. Perfect!
Here are a couple of things I learned waaay back then:
- Semi-gloss 'Painter's Touch' black paint doesn't mix well into 'homemade chalk paint.' I don't know why. It just doesn't. I used a coat of white high adherence primer: Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3. After the primer dried, I painted it with about 3 coats of the black semi-gloss.
To get a nice, smooth finish on top of your paint you can try thinning the paint down with water (this will dilute the pigmentation of your paint - ie: make your paint a bit 'lighter') or with a special 'paint extender' which doesn't dilute the colour but extends the time paint stays 'wet' and also helps it to 'settle' with fewer brush strokes when you're finished. I use this brand from Benjamin Moore.