Hi Everyone! As promised, here is my china cabinet makeover.
I purchased this china cabinet at a store I love called Almost Paris Antiques. I got a really good price on it too! It is solid mahogany, all the doors and the drawer were in great condition. No major flaws except a bubble on the side. When I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I fell in love with the cut outs on the glass doors and the old brass pulls. The pulls were completely blackened by age and time. I wanted to make this a more modern piece but keep the old charm.
So, here is how I did it. A lot of people are scared to paint furniture, but if you use the right tools and technique it is so worth it!
Wood filler, that can be sanded and painted
Deglosser & scrub pads
Paint Bond Coat
Prepping: The first thing I did was address the bubbling on the side of the cabinet. I cut out the wood that was bubbled and filled it with wood fill. After it set, I sanded it, cleaned the dust and debris off, and primed it.
I removed all the doors and hardware next. Then removed the shelving inside. The inserts I carefully removed from the glass doors. Then I set up my work space.
Getting the Surface Ready:Before I could paint, I had to do a couple of things. The inside of the cabinet was a lot rougher than the nice wood on the outside. It also was a lot redder, so I primed it with my oil-based primer. I used Kilz, but I also recommend Zissner. Either one works great.
Next, I deglossed all the outer wood, doors, and drawer. When you degloss, you have to use a rough scrub pad and make sure you get all the deglosser off after scrubbing or else it will ruin the paint finish and seep through.
Painting: I applied the paint with a really good quality brush using long even strokes. It is really important when brush painting furniture to use a quality brush. I did 3 coats. Then I went back and touched up any areas that needed it.
Protecting: You need to seal painted furniture or else it will not stay nice for long. You don’t want all your hard work to go to waste! I sealed it with a protective top coat 24 hours after the paint had dried. Again, use a good quality synthetic brush and long even strokes. This I also let dry for a full 24 hours before using it or attaching the doors.
**Please note I also cleaned and polished the brass hardware. I am going to do a tips & tricks on how I did it this Friday.
Now the Result:
Please ignore the icky floor! That baby is getting ripped out very very soon! Bwaa-haaa-haa-haa!