Usually I have to hunt for my furniture, but lately a few pieces have been finding me. That was the case with this china cabinet…
An antique store owner who I’ve shopped from a few times stopped by my studio a few weeks ago. He knocked on the door. “I have something in the truck that I think you might like.” He showed me the china cabinet, quoted a price. I nodded and he carried it in for me. How easy was that?!
Now, I have to do something with this china cabinet… After painting several of them over the years, I’ve sworn that I would never buy another one to paint. They are a royal pain in the rear to work on. The tight interiors, the fretwork up against the glass…all, a royal pain in the rear.
So, I put it out of the way against a wall and marinated on it for a few days. I was contemplating two things – 1.) How can I paint this piece to make it look amazing? and 2.) How can I make this thing less of a royal pain in the rear to paint?
I finally settled on a marriage of paint and wood. I could leave the interior, fretwork and wood details of the piece wood and paint the rest in MMSMP Trophy, a color that will compliment the dark wood tone. About half way through, I wasn’t sure my vision was really going to work out, but as soon as I lightly distressed the edges and rubbed down the entire piece with Hemp Oil, it came alive.
It worked! It worked! My somewhat lazy design plan to avoid painting the interior and the fretwork actually resulted in a really beautiful piece. More beautiful, I would argue, then if I had painted the entire thing one color.
I love how the wood frames out the glass and then the paint frames out the wood. And the detail on these little doors is my favorite. (Just to point out my flaws, the sand paper I used ended up giving a bit more of a “scratchy” look, which wasn’t what I was going for, but I just rolled with it.)
A good cleaning and Hemp Oil brought out the warmth of the wood.
I didn’t have a key for the cabinet, so I had to put a knob on the door to allow the new owner to open and close it without using their fingernails or a pocketknife. That’s always a nice selling feature!
I also cleaned and oiled the inside and it looks so much better! It really didn’t need to be painted.
This piece is priced at $325 and will be coming with us to the Lucketts Antique Market, May 15-17, 2015.