Two years ago, I bought this china cabinet on Craig’s List, knowing at the time I wanted to paint it. Originally I had planned to paint it right away, but after I got it home the task seemed to daunting! Friday evening I decided to paint it. Yikes!
First off I had to choose a color, so I got out my trusty paint samples and wedged them in between the door and the cabinet in order to see them better. Not being able to decide on one color, I picked three and layered them. (More on this in another post.) I ran to Home Depot and purchased one quart of Martha Stewart flat interior latex paint in each color, while my handy, handsome husband removed the hardware. I mixed up a batch of the darkest color first using my favorite paint recipe.
Because this was such a large piece, I started painting at the top and worked my way down. This minimized the paint the I got in my hair! As I normally do, I filled in the crevices first and painted the raised areas second.
I gave the cabinet three coats, painting one of each color and working from the darkest to the lightest. When the last coat was dry, I swiped over a few places that needed a little more of the lightest paint.
When the paint was dry, I sanded the cabinet smooth with one of these nifty little sanding blocks. For the flat areas, I used fine/medium Mustisand to smooth everything out. Then I used a heavy duty Mustisand to expose the underneath layers down to the wood, giving it a worn distressed look.
Thanks for reading this tutorial. I will write more about color layering in a future post. Come back and visit again soon!
Additional painingt tips I thought of while painting this piece:
- It is important to use a latex paint with a low percentage of acrylic when using my recipe. Martha Stewart’s interior flat paint and Glidden interior flat have worked well for me.
- There will be lumps in the paint, which will stick to your furniture. These will easily sand off when the paint has dried, adding distressed character to your piece.
- You may apply a finish if you like, which will add protection. I usually don’t, as I like my pieces to develop more character by way of nicks and boo boos over time.
- You don’t want your paint to be too thin; it can be thickened by adding a little more of the grout.
I may add more paint tips as I think of them, so check back often.
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