This is a China cabinet that a friend of ours from Lynchburg, VA found for us. It was in need of some major love, but we saw a lot of potential with its French provincial style. It took a ton of work, but we love the way this came out. Plus, we were able to incorporate designer wallpaper into the project, which really brought the piece to another level! We apologize, the phone that we took the before pictures with stopped working on us, so we lost those pictures. (Note: more finished pictures are at the end of the blog).
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Before you get started, you'll need to gather the following materials:
Step 1: Removing the Original Finish
We sanded the body and the drawers down. As we usually do, we start our sanding process with our orbital sander using an 80 grit sandpaper. Then, we use 60 grit sandpaper to make sure all of the original finish has been properly removed. Finally, we hand sand with a 120 grit sandpaper to get a smoother wood before applying paint. . This process seems to be extremely effective in putting the China cabinet in its bare bones state. Make sure you wash it off with a damp cloth so that there is not any dust or residue left on it. Once it is dry, it is time to tape around the edges!
Step 2: Taping the China Cabinet and Preparing the Glass
Before we painted the drawers and the body of the China cabinet, we made sure to tape the inside of the of the body and the inside of the drawers. It is always important to remember to tape the inside of the body where the drawers slide in and out, and the inside portions of the drawers where paint might drip/or the paint brush might touch. We will admit that this is not a necessary step, but if you want to have a re-purposed China cabinet that looks professional grade, then every detail matters.
Step 3: Painting the Body and Drawers
After we were finished with taping the China cabinet we painted the China cabinet using sage green paint. We also painted the inside of the China cabinet using a white paint. We usually do two coats of paint to make sure that everything is sufficiently covered. We generally use Purdy paint brushes so that we can ensure that we get an excellent finish.
Step 4: Re-taping the Dresser for Detail Painting
The China cabinet had some awesome detailed carvings that we wanted to highlight with white paint. So we ended up having to re-tape portions of the dresser that were painted sage green so that the white paint would stay in the places for which it was intended to stay.
Step 5: Wallpaper
Sydney thought that adding designer wallpaper to the backplate of the China Cabinet would make a bold statement, and it definitely did! We followed the instructions from the wallpaper package carefully, and made sure that everything was lined up when we glued it to the backplate. We should note that we removed the backplate from the China cabinet before we started the wallpaper process.
Step 6: Applying Finish
After the paint was dry we were ready to apply a coat of water based Polycrylic to both the body of the China cabinet and the drawers. After the first coat we sanded down the dresser using 320 grit sandpaper, then we applied a second coat of Polycrylic.
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Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.