Two years ago, after the water in our 95 year old kitchen pipes froze (yet again), my darling husband said ” That’s it! Tomorrow I’m gutting this kitchen!” And he did. But that’s another story. So for the last two years, the old china cabinet didn’t really fit in with the remodeled kitchen. It was time for an update!
There are those who feel it is NOT cool to paint natural wood furniture unless it is in poor condition. Mom thought I was crazy! But Darling Husband didn’t mind at all and I was ready to get at it!
I gave the cabinet a good cleaning. Generally I would give it a light sanding first. In this case, I knew that I didn’t need to sand because the china cabinet has always been in my possession. It had never seen furniture oil or polish (these will repel any type of paint). There is an upside to being a bad housekeeper. Yay, me!
One coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black covered very nicely although there were a few spots I had to go back over with a little more paint. I might have used half a pint at the most. This stuff goes forever! I was
lazy practical and didn’t remove the doors to paint. I just worked carefully around the hinges. I chose to keep the interior of the cabinet in the natural oak finish. By the way, that’s William, the black and white cat sneaking by.
I didn’t have any new hardware on hand so I decided to paint the old white porcelain pulls. I came up with a genius system for this. A couple of styrofoam bowls served as my holder so that I could paint all the surfaces of the porcelain without messing up the paint when I set them down to dry. I just poked the screws through the Styrofoam.
I just love it when my little brain comes up with this stuff. Honest, I didn’t see the idea on Pinterest or anything!
I used Upper Canada Green for the base. Then I used Fusion Embossing Paste mixed with Prairie Sunset yellow for the flower petal detail. The embossing paste adds texture. A dab of Fort York Red in the center and a touch of Coal Black to tie in with the cabinet colour finished off my free hand flowers. Once this was dry, I topped it all off with a messy coat of Antique Tough Coat (another Fusion product) which is a brown tinted sealer . I like how it adds instant character and age. The pulls dried over night nestled in their Styrofoam beds and the next day they were reunited with the cabinet.
Both Darling Husband and I are delighted with the result. I think Mom even likes it.
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