Back for round 2, I have done so many things in the past that it will be difficult to know where to start telling you bout all of them. This will be a learning curve for me as I carry on with this journey and I hope that you all can join me on it.
I sometimes go out and just buy things on a whim, not always a great idea, but I think if I see something and I like it then somehow it is worth it.
I went to a local Charity shop a few months ago and was looking for something specific and after searching on places like eBay and all over the internet, and just not finding what I wanted, this was sort of a last resort.
And wow, was I happy I went there. Maybe people dismiss shops like that because the idea of buying other peoples old stuff just seems a bit old, and in a world where everything has to be new and shiny I think a lot of really nice solid pieces go to waste and are left forgotten.
As luck may have it I found exactly what I was looking for and also something I was not, but just had to have.
This blog will be about the unwanted piece…
The first thing that attracted me to the piece was the price, because lets be honest, who doesn’t like a bargain. It was hidden underneath and behind a lot of really nice furniture, but I saw the £10 price tag and had to see what it looked like.
So I managed to convince the store clerk to help me uncover the £10 item and to my amazement it was a very nice unusual glass fronted and sided cabinet. Now don’t ask me the age of it,as your guess is as good as mine, and in all honesty it was a little battered and mistreated. But for £10 even if I used it for fire wood it would still be a good buy. So obviously I did.
OK lets move on the the important stuff, you must be bursting by now to see what the cabinet looks like…
As you can see whoever owned it before had removed the veneer and also in the process damaged the wood quite a bit, but this didn’t really bother me as I knew I could fill it.
I started by taking the cabinet apart, removing the door and all the glass panels in the main part, this did make the cabinet seem very flimsy and very light, as with the glass out there is not much left to the cabinet. The glass in the door I left in, as it was very solid, and I also didn’t want to make more work than was needed.
The glass panels in the main cabinet were only tacked in with thin wooden strips and some pins. So had no trouble removing them.
As you could tell in the photo above the veneer around the base had also been removed,but just around the door area, I then removed it all the way around as there was no way of saving what was left. After that removal I sanded it so give it a nice smooth finish.
I knew I was going to make some chalk paint from the start of the project, so went out and got a nice deep red paint. I was lucky enough to find a litre for £4, it was some sort of feature wall paint so very bright and punchy.
Now you might wonder why I went for a red? I had started a painting for my front room and this was a colour I had both there and in my wool floor rug. So it went perfectly with that. You will see a bit of the painting in some of the photos.
Sorry for going off of subject so fast…haha
Anyway I mixed my paint and painted the whole cabinet.
Pre painting I had filled all the holes and gouges in the door front, waited for that to dry and then sanded it to get it as smooth as possible. I had also removed the original door lock in the cabinet and filled the key hole as well, as I didn’t want to put a lock on it again and I had no keys for the existing lock. I have to admit I was a bit impatient waiting for the filler to dry, but learn from my experience and don’t rush it. I had to go back a few times and add some more filler because I sanded away too much as it wasn’t 100% dry yet.
I did a couple of coats to make sure everything was well covered.
I thought at this stage that the paint colour was a little bit too light and bright and I wanted more of a burgundy red, but didn’t want to spend more money on more paint, and frankly I don’t think I could have found anything much darker unless I had it mixed at a supplier. And this would obviously been at a great cost.
I then waxed the whole cabinet. The wax made the colour darker and I was much happier with it that way.
Now take your time with the waxing, because the more time you spend the nicer the finish and shine will be. I spent ages buffing and the result was/is truly amazing.
The waxing is also probably the hardest work you will have to do in any project.
Before I put the glass panels back into the unit I decides to add a little bit of interest, I didn’t just want to paint the wooden strips that hold the glass, so opted for a nice print.
Now don’t laugh, but I had some left over Christmas wrapping paper, it was some red stags heads printed on brown paper. I covered the wood strips in PVA glue and wrapped the strips with the paper. Kind of the same thing you would do when you decoupage.
After the strips dried I replaced the glass and tacked the strips back into place, I think it came out really well and is something completely different.
I think the door painting was quite tricky as I didn’t want to spend loads of time taping everything off, so I just painted it and scraped the paint off the glass once it was dried with a Stanley blade. Be sure to always use a new blade with every project as they go blunt and sometimes even rust and this could scratch glass and leave you with an unsightly mess.
To finish the cabinet off I added a knob, which I might add it never had before ( how do you open a door with no handle). I went for a clear glass ball knob as I went for this knob on all my pieces in the front room and I like all my pieces to match.
Once you are at this stage it’s all fun, you can like me add a tassel or just leave it as is and decide where you wish to display it and what to put in it.
I like to move my furniture about constantly so the pieces don’t always end up where I initially intended them to be.
I hope you enjoyed this blog, I would love to hear more from you guys and any comments would be appreciated.
Till next time, Cheerio 😉