I have had this cabinet for 25+ years. I always liked it, but it never held a prominent place in the house since the decor is so very different than anything else we own. So, despite my affection for it, it was relegated to an inconspicuous corner, the loft or the basement (depending on which house we're talking about).
Since, I am sprucing up our basement for my sewing/design studio, which includes purging, donating and organizing all of my sewing gear I knew this cabinet could come in handy down there. Plus, I could have a little fun with color. So.....here's my "before" and "after" of this fabulous cabinet.
I had researched the topic of distressed furniture quite a bit; looked at a bunch of on-line tutorials and other blogs and finally decided to dive in. After all, what could go wrong? I completed the whole project yesterday in about six hours (that included the trip to buy the paint).
Then, I sanded (sporadically) some of the dark color off the piece all over...nothing too drastic. That was my first attempt with a power sander...woo hoo! For the smaller areas, I sanded more carefully by hand. Throughout the piece I used an "80" piece of sandpaper, which is really rough.
The idea with sanding is to allow for the blue to adhere properly and also have some of the dark continue to show through as if it were well aged.
The cool thing with a project like this, is it's very forgiving. You don't have to be a fabulous painter, imperfections/mistakes can make for an even better final outcome.
I will tell you as I was working on it, I thought maybe I went too light with the blue I chose since it was looking more white as I applied the paint. But, in the end all was good. Once I stood it up and the light was reflecting on it correctly (I had it laying down on saw horses while I painted), it was perfect. Anything more blue would have been too much.
After the paint was dry, I then went back at it with the sander exposing the under layer as I went. The areas which would likely be more worn is where I removed more of the top coat. For instance the drawer pulls.
Now it's your turn....it's really a fun and creative way to give new life to an old piece of furniture...just go for it!!!