Hey, guys! Guess what, I made it to the next round of the One Crafty Contest! Most of you thought the graphic tray was mine, but no, I painted the wee stenciled cabinet.
Before, the cabinet was, in Richard’s words, hideous. He was a little annoyed that I even bought it. For $3.
To start the transformation, I drew a curve along the top using a can as a template, then trimmed with my RotoZip. Pathetic job of it, I know. I should probably practice on scraps before attempting the real thing.
A little sanding mostly took care of it. Well, ok, a lot of sanding.
Next, I took the whole thing apart, and trimmed straight across the bottom of those same pieces with my chop saw. Quick and easy. I primed everything with white Rust-Oleum spray primer, then painted with Farmhouse Paint in White Ash.
The poor little cabinet didn’t have a back, so I cut a piece of scrap beadboard that I scrounged from someone’s trash- at their yard sale, no less. I did ask permission, but then felt bad, so I bought a pair of hedge clippers from her for $1. Yeah….
Anyway, it was the shiny plastic-y prefinished stuff, so I sanded it to scuff it up, then glazed it along with the cabinet pieces.
I put her back together, except for the front knobs. Cutting Edge Stencils’ Allover Peony Stencil prettied up the front. It’s a large wall stencil, somewhat awkward for this small project, but I like that I was able to adjust it in any direction to get the design just where I wanted it. See, top curve isn’t perfect, but ok, don’t you think?
The knobs were glued into place, then a couple of coats of clear spray varnish finished the transformation.
The beadboard backing fits the new style just right.
I staged it with makeup and a few bracelets to show you how it might be used, but you probably wouldn’t be able to close it with jewelry on the inside knobs. It would make a cute message center or key holder, too.
One last look at the wee stenciled cabinet. Oh, almost forgot, I covered up the shiny brass hinges with a little Silver Rub ‘n Buff. Much better.
I also painted an end table with the same colors and stencil, will show you that soon. Now, I wonder what the next round of the contest will be….