Monday, 11 November 2013

Timber sideboard makeover

I’m always searching eBay for bargains and a few weeks ago I spotted this cabinet. I loved the detailing on the drawers and sides, but wanted to make it white with a wooden top. I got my materials from my local hard stores. Here is how I did it. 


Materials:
  • Cabinet
  • Paintbrush - $2
  • White Primmer Paint – small can $8
  • High gloss Oil Paint white– – small can $7
  • Paint Drop Sheet $1
  • Turpentine bottle $3 
  • New handles
 

The steps I followed to transform the cabinet:
 
1. Decide on piece of furniture you wish to transform or upcycle.
 
2. Wash and clean inside and outside of cabinet. This helps the paint adhere to the wood.
 
3. Find a dry airy place to paint your cabinet. You will need a drop sheet or rag that will cover the ground below if you wish to protect it from paint. Oil paint is very hard to get out of carpet! Make sure you have good ventilation and open the windows if possible. I painted in the garage away from my pets and baby.
 
4. Once you have set up and put gloves on, you can start applying the primmer paint. You will need to make sure you cover the whole surface area of the cabinet. I started off with a normal size paintbrush to cover the majority of the chest. Afterwards I used a small children’s paintbrush to get into the small bits. Let it dry overnight or as long as it takes. You may need to cover with a second coat if the varnish is thick.
 
5. After allowing it to dry, I then applied the first coat of oil paint. As the primmer I used was a white colour, I didn’t need two coats of oil. The white primmer helped to make my white paint a brighter shade. If your primmer is not white, it just means you may need two or three coats of white oil paint. Then I did the same as last time, using the larger brush first and then using a smaller brush. Once you have completed the first coat, make sure you put the brushes in a can or jar with turpentine covering up the top of the paint on the brushes. This will mean you can reuse the brushes with oil paint. Allow to dry overnight or as long as it takes.
 
6. The next day I did some touch ups and it was finished. I cleaned the brushes in turpentine and put them away. I made sure the lids were tight on my paint, as I may use them again on another project. Once everything was put safely back away, I let the cabinet dry out for a few days and to reduce the residual oil paint smell.
 
 
 7. We added some new handles and then it was ready to go in our new walkway. Bella wanted to be in the photo too!
 8. The final touch was to add a photo wall of our family. I got all the frames for $50 from Kmart! My beautiful husband hung them perfectly in rows for me. 
 
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