Simple ways to update furniture for under $20 came about when I got overly excited and purchased an old cabinet before I had a chance to do a close examination of the piece. Yikes! It was a really big job and if I had seen it in the light of day I would have never purchased it, but then I would not have had the joy of giving it a face-lift. It turns out I had fun with the planning and refinishing this piece. In that small way, it was the best deal for me. I needed the cabinet for storage and display so I made a plan and started.
How to Chalk Paint Furniture
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After removing the owner’s items it became clear this piece would need more than a coat of paint.
Not just in need of a cleaning but the surface area was particle board and had been wet and had those awful scars from wet items. Now I knew I had my work cut out for me on this update furniture project.
Replacing the cabinet top – Gel Stain
Once I saw this I knew I had to replace this bottom cabinet top with new wood. So I cut some boards left over from other projects and nailed them together and then used a dark stain. Looking much better already.
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The back of the display area on the top half of the cabinet had a fake wood plastic picture that was glued to the particleboard. I was going to paint it, but it was starting to bow out of shape, so again I replaced it. Thankfully I had some bead-board leftover from another project because I already paid too much for this piece.
The bead-board was primed so it only needed a coat of paint. My paint choice was a light blue paint. I removed all the cabinet hardware to paint. I planned to purchase all new hardware since the original hardware was really dated and not my style, then I remembered I cannot spend any more on this piece.
Patina to Update Furniture Hardware
These pulls had both metal and plastic on them. I had to update them, so again I turned to my favorite company for furniture face-lifts. Dixie Belle’s Patina was my easy-peasy answer to solve this problem. Take a look at this quick tutorial video to see how to use Patina. Checkout the Patina HERE.
You know I was not kidding it is quick and so much fun to watch the Patina spray dry and the miracle of that aged patina look come to life as you watch it dry. Now I am looking to update furniture and hardware just to use this product.
Notice the blue color from painted bead-board on the top display shelves is repeated in the patina on the hardware. I am in love this how this turned out. Now on to the next area that needed some TLC. At this point I noticed the bottom of the lower cabinet was in poor condition, so now I had to repair another area, but I did not want to spend any more on this piece. What to do?
Decoupage Book Pages
Looking through my crafting supplies I came across a book I used some of the pages for papier-mache eggs. Then it hit me why not use the book pages to cover the discolored cabinet bottom? I then tore out pages from the book and started randomly painting them onto the cabinet bottom with poly-acrylic which will make this bottom durable and cleanable. I applied three more coats after the first one dried to be triple sure it would last for years.
I used a brown glaze to add some depth.
I almost completed this project but the one thing that I wanted but would break my budget on the project were lights. I had some leftover from another project you can see HERE. There were only enough lights to put them in the middle of each shelf.
I wanted to try out a few options for the storage/display cabinet such as sewing supplies, books, collectibles, Etc. The possibilities are endless.
Vintage sewing display
I staged a few ideas: some of my favorite things. You can see the pattern in the basket on the top shelf that I used to make my son this button on shorts outfit almost 20 years ago. The hemming tool was my Grandmother’s (1899-1979) I am not sure of its age, but it is really old.
Vintage sewing meets the furniture update.
Then I moved things around and decided I would use this piece for art.
Storing some art tools and displaying some artwork by my family!
Another thing I have to add to every display is something vintage. Books and cameras are vintage items on display.
Before and after furniture update:
I just wanted to share the before and after photos together so you could easily see the transformation. Where this project started to its completion was a longer journey than I was planning when deciding to purchase this piece but it was all worth it. What do you think?
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