April 27, 2016

Old White Antique Cabinet

I'm not quite sure where the time has gone, but I realized it's been over two months since I've posted about a furniture makeover! I think I'm well overdue to share what I've been up to lately in my studio. Things have been busy over here to say the least. I officially outgrew my original space and spent last weekend moving into a larger space. Luckily I was able to recruit a crew of strong guys (the husband included) which made the move much more seamless. What would have taken me days was literally finished within a couple hours. Most importantly, Kyle was still able to make his tee time! The move was also a good opportunity to reassess my work area, reorganize, and reenergize. It feels great to have a fully functioning work area that is clean and organized. The challenge now is just to keep it this way! There are still improvements I want to make, but it's a big upgrade that I'm super excited about. So there you have it... my excuse for letting so much time go by without a furniture makeover!

I actually finished this cabinet awhile ago, but just have been holding off on sharing it. I picked it up several months back as a custom order for a repeat client. We had been working together to find the perfect piece for her office, and when I came across this cabinet, I knew it was a winner! 

I was immediately drawn to the shape and details of the piece. To keep the piece in line with the rest of the room's decor, I went with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Old White. It always seems to be my go-to color when opting for a neutral color pallet. I think it works especially well when you're refinishing pieces with ornate details you want to be center stage, while the color takes the backseat. Here is how the piece turned out.

After doing some minor repairs to the piece, I applied two coats of paint. I then sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax. 

Using 220 grit sandpaper I distressed around the edges to give the piece a more aged feel. This step also helps to highlight some of the details of the piece. 

The light color really helps to remove some of the bulkiness of the piece and makes it look much more fresh and cheery. 

I cleaned up the hardware with a brass cleaner, but then took it one step further and gave them a metallic gold finish using a Rustoleum spray. I love the way the hardware pops against the neutral backdrop.

It's such a classic piece that could really fit into any design style. 

As a general rule, I usually stay away from pieces with glass due to the extra liability. However, knowing this piece was a local delivery, I felt much more comfortable to make an exception. In my opinion, it was totally worth it!