Today we have a makeover of a tall cabinet that I recently finished for a client. It is a beautiful piece and very stately.
Here is the before picture:
Let me just say it upfront that this cabinet has been painted. I know some of you will think this is sacrilege but I will refer you to my earlier post about where I stand on painting furniture – Painting Furnture: Felony or Awesome. After reading that you will know that I paint for a reason.
As you can see from the next picture, the cabinet was in rough shape. There were a lot of dings and some missing trim. Fine. But the most important thing? There was layers and layers of grooves and trim work. It is all beautiful but very time consuming to strip. Very time consuming.
When I arrived to see the cabinet for the first time, the client was prepared with pictures to show me of what she was looking for. I would love to take credit for the after but she really knew what she wanted. I suggested we use CeCe Caldwell’s paints in Vermont Slate with a wax finish. Why? There is no need to sand or prime which eliminated damage from a sander (or my arms falling off from hand sanding!). Because this paint bonds so well, we wouldn’t have to worry about sanding every nook and cranny to make sure we got good adhesion. The wax gives a sort of depth to the finish so it would keep an old world feel.
It was also her idea to add the antique looking gold stencil to give the doors some detail. I should really hire her to consult!
So here is the after:
And some close ups.
Thank you Theresa for letting work on this beauty!
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