The art cabinet makeover

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Mustard Seed Studio

The art cabinet is finished!

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In case you forgot (or missed it), here is how it looked when I bought it…

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It was charming as is, but it was a bit orange for me and I had a “vision” for it.  You can see more details on the before HERE and the pieces that inspired me HERE.

Finding really cool hardware was a key part of executing my vision.  I sourced these cast iron pulls from England on Etsy

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They were the perfect hardware to dress up the drawers.  It was a little tricky installing them, though!  The drawer dimensions were irregular and several were broken, so I had to eyeball a lot of the pulls, hoping they were lined up and level.

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I painted the cabinet in MMS Milk Paint Grain Sack.  I didn’t sand or prep the piece and I ended up with a lot more chipping than I wanted!  I paint a lot of pieces and that doesn’t happen very often.  There was just too high of a contrast between the off-white paint and the orange-tone wood.  It was too busy and the hardware would’ve been lost.

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So, I sanded the chipping paint to get off everything that was loose and rough up the surface.  I then applied a coat of Tough Coat, our water based poly finish that also works as a primer/sealer.  I followed that with two more coats of Grain Sack and finished with one coat of Tough Coat once I distressed the edges and high points with 120 grit sand paper.

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I swapped out the antique wheels I tried initially with some steel wheels.  I’ll share more on those in another post.

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I love how it looks, but I am most excited about the functionality.  I can’t wait to move all of my art supplies in and fill out those labels!

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I left the top wood, so I could retain just a little bit of that pretty patina.  The top wasn’t quite as orange as the rest also.

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I also found a great desk, so I’m going to spend some time working on the studio and my “creative corner” over the next few weeks.

And, speaking of creating, I added a few more designs to my Society6 shop

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The art cabinet makeover

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