She dropped off this mission-style, hunter green cabinet. I asked her what she envisioned and she said, "milky blue, glass knobs, maybe some fun harlequin patterns...." My jaw dropped. Did she read my mind??? No problem!
Here's a few shots from my phone of the "before."
I started trying to sand off the dark green paint and ended up looking a little like Oscar the Grouch, covered in green dust. I was sneezing green dust for about a week. And, that paint was stubborn! It didn't want to leave and was starting to congeal under the heat of the sander. Sheesh. Next, I tried my always handy Citristrip paint stripper and again---this paint did NOT want to come off! Some of the paint did exactly as it was supposed to and bubbled and scraped right off. Most of the paint just turned this weird shade of light green and now I had not only a layer of paint but a layer of chemical paint stripper to get off the cabinet somehow. Grrrrr...
So, I broke down and ordered some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Rumor has it you don't have to sand or prep your surface at all. I know! This would be PERFECT. So, I ordered away. When the paint came, I used a mini foam roller and applied a layer of Country White to the cabinet. It went on pretty well and I was pleased with the coverage. I'm not going to lie, I used almost the whole quart to cover this piece. I had also ordered a Duck Egg blue and wanted to use that as well. I watered-down this bit so when I sanded down, it would go quickly. Again, I used my roller for the sides and a brush for the trim. It went on nicely and I was pleased.
Then, disaster struck. The unthinkable!!! I used my palm sander and went to town on the sides of the cabinet. Ooooook, not exactly the look I was going for, but maybe the wax would help it look a bit nicer? I broke out the clear wax and applied a layer to the whole cabinet. Then, I took the dark wax and applied it to the sides.
|A bad pic from my phone|
Ew. Gross. Hate it!
I had to email some people who actually know what they're doing, Sharon from Elizabeth and Co. and Miss Mustard Seed. And can you believe it, they emailed me back! I was so glad, because I was afraid I'd have to pay my friend to keep the cabinet after I had ruined it. Both Sharon and MMS suggested using clear wax over the dark wax to lighten up the dark smudges. Sharon then suggested to even paint over the wax again (you can do that you know...cool) and MMS suggested using the dark wax just around the edges.
Ok, paint over it??? Really??? Fine. I'll do it. But, I won't like it.
But, I did! I loved it! I watered down my paint and used MMS suggestion of doing the dark wax on the edges and fell in LOVE. Finally! Something going my way!
The diamond pattern was hand-painted on by yours truly and I spent two nights sketching the diamonds and then filling them in with the Duck Egg blue paint (That's why they are far from perfect). I don't know why I wanted it to look perfect when I was just going to sand the heck out of it, but I guess that's my OCD personality coming through.
The front door had a 2-hole cabinet handle. And I didn't realize that I didn't need the 2nd hole until after I bought the glass knobs. Sheesh. How could I miss that small detail? Bring on the wood filler again! I squeezed some in there...waited a few hours, went back and squeezed some more wood filler in there....wait, repeat, wait, repeat. And finally! I could paint over those little holes and pretend they never existed.
The glass knobs were a find from Hobby Lobby. My closest HL is about an hour south of me and one afternoon I told the kids we were going on a road trip! They were NOT thrilled, but after a bribe of suckers and the promise to watch their favorite TV show that night (anyone else's family a fan of Wipe Out?), they were on board with the idea. I found the perfect glass knobs....I love 'em.
Now, the drawer handles also had a weird width between the holes. I had to find handles that would fit a 2 1/2" width. That's pretty much impossible, let me tell you. I got on Etsy and found these "vintage" handles that said their width was 2 1/2". Perfect! Of course, when I got them they did NOT fit the width I needed. Grrrrrrr. Grrrrrr. But, I was able to make some additional holes and the handles would cover the damage. Yeah! Problem solved.
Oh, how I wish I could have moved this sucker outside for a lovely little photo shoot. There was no way, people! It weighs about 1,114 pounds, I think. Just a rough estimate. But, there was no way I could move that by myself! So, the garage will have to do. Just picture it in front of a lovely green hill or tree, with some fall foliage casually laying on top or inside....see? It's a beautiful photo. Enjoy.