This past weekend we finally buckled down and finished our china cabinet (after our first afternoon working here). We knocked the rest of it out in a few hours, and it’s so rewarding to be done. Since this is my (our) first time repurposing a piece of furniture, we learned some things along the way.
1) Research paint. I wishfully assumed the store employees would be able to guide us in our selection, but we weren’t met with much help. We ended up buying a flatter paint, instead of semi-gloss, because I prefer the look better, and it’s cheaper (the employee said these were the only differences). Little did I know, after we painted half the cabinet and talked to an employee at another store, flat paint gets a lot of awesome fingerprints and dirt marks left on it. We decided to finish the job and hope for the best.
2) I also want to know if some kind of sealant exists that prevents the paint from scratching or chipping off. Any experts out there? We are terrified to place anything on top of it, and I think I’m going to invest in some of those mats people put in their cabinets for dishware.
3) This will take a long time. We spent a good majority of two Sundays completing this project, and that’s with two people working. However, the labor wasn’t too intensive (it might have helped that Whitney helped with most of the sanding). And this should be obvious (but we didn’t think about it beforehand): wear a mask. A lot of paint and dust flew up while we were working. Hopefully our lungs are okay.
Oops, forgot to take that tape off the bottom before snapping this photo.
My first “before and after”!
Some of you may like the “original” paint color better, which, while I love yellow, and the cabinet’s “rustic” appeal was charming, it was poorly painted and didn’t match anything (we have too many mismatched pieces as it is…and not the “artfully done mismatching”). Now, it won’t look like we have a random piece of furniture sitting in our apartment that we literally got off the side of the street. It looks cleaner, and our china (which is a teal color) will also pop beautifully against the white. I still need to wipe down the doors and shelves, but I’ll be back once our china is displayed in it. 🙂
All in all it was a fun process, and I’m glad we did something we had never done before. I have a tendency to jump straight into a project, whether it be a craft or cooking, without really thinking it all the way through, so that’s the biggest lesson I learned with this. You would think I would have learned after I stumbled upon huge obstacles with all of my wedding crafts, but nope, I guess I’m an impatient person. It is great motivation when you want to just get stuff done (and having this on my bucket list furthered my motivation), but it creates problems during the process. So my advice to you: research and plan. I do have a better appreciation of furniture makers/painters out there. Props to you. And thanks to my wonderful husband for all of his help on this; I couldn’t have done it without him!