The art cabinet makeover

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

The art cabinet is finished!


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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.




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


The art cabinet makeover

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