How was your weekend? I hope it was rest filled and relaxing. Ours was mostly work with the tiniest bit of play so we could tell it was actually the weekend. It’s all part of being a small business owner and I’m so thankful I have a job I love. If you follow on Instagram you probably already know we got an early start on Saturday and headed to an estate sale. I was desperately low on furniture after this ottoman sold the day after I put in in my booth. I shopped “the loop” earlier in week with my mom but the only thing I came home with was a $2 fall table runner. Honestly, I could have had a million dollars and still come home empty handed…it was slim pickins as they say and I was really starting to get nervous.
Thankfully, one of my contacts told me about the estate sale so I was hopeful we’d find a few things. It was the last day of the sale so of course the place was packed. People were pulling tags left and right…it was crazy. We packed the car with a media cabinet, a rattan chair, a few smalls and headed home to work on everything.
I knew the media cabinet would take a bit of time so I decided to work on it first. This year, I’m really trying to stretch myself trying new paint mediums, brands and techniques. As soon as I saw this piece at the estate sale I immediately envisioned it in General Finishes Snow White with chicken wire doors and vintage style knobs. Here’s a look at how all of the details came together…
- General Finishes Milk Paint in your preferred color. You can find color I used Snow White here
- Two 2 inch paint brushes
- General Finishes High Performance Top Coat
- 320-grit sandpaper
This piece was in great shape. It’s solid oak and super heavy. I knew the style was perfect for a cottage inspired transformation but the orange stain needed to be addressed. The area in the back makes it perfect to use in an office, living room, bedroom or game room.
After I wiped the piece down making sure it was free from dirt and debris, I removed all of the hardware. I’ve learned from experience if you keep everything together in a container that has a lid, those tiny pieces are far less likely to go missing.
I carefully removed the glass from the cabinet doors and was ready to get down to business.
You may remember I had previously used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White on the cabinet in the bathroom and loved it. So I was really interested to see how it would look on a piece of furniture. Despite the orange stain, I chose not to prime this piece because I wanted to test the coverage of the paint. This is after one coat of paint.
If you’re a new painter and you get to this weird stage, do not panic. The first coat is always the “what have I done coat” but it almost always works out. If you plan to do multiple paint coats, General Finishes recommends sanding in between coats using 320-grit sandpaper. Here’s a look at the media cabinet after three complete coats, sanding and drying time. The white makes it look so fresh!
To seal, General Finishes makes a great product called High Performance Top Coat. It’s a polyurethane which makes it very durable for pieces like this that will be frequently used. Bonus, it dries clear! Just make sure you’ve followed all of the instructions/recommendations on the back of both the paint can and the top coat can especially as it relates to drying time vs curing time.
These were 50% at our local craft supply store. Even though the knobs are brand new they have the vintage feel I wanted.
I wanted a layered look so I painted the shelves of the media cabinet a custom mix but stayed in the neutrals family. I was this close to replacing the glass panels with chicken wire but in the end the doors were just too big and it didn’t look right. I’m definitely still on the lookout for another piece I can feature chicken wire on though.
Here’s another look at the media cabinet before…
I know! Can you guys believe it’s the same piece? I can’t wait to see what the customers think about this one. I’m really excited to bring this new product to my space and to use these paint products again.
Save this one for later…