I FINALLY finished painting my China cabinet. A few weeks ago actually. It’s been so nice to look at considering we had been looking at THIS for the last 10 months.
It was the windowed doors that kept me at arms distance. When I finally dove in, it wasn’t that bad. Took me from 7am – 2pm to finish her up. I was in mission mode. You should see me in mission mode, I’m crazy! I don’t think I ate anything the whole time. Maybe some tea.
The original knobs on this cabinet were antiqued bronze. Not really my style. I was going to go hunt for thrifted/used knob, but that could have taken another ten months. Then my husband said, “I’m surprised you’re not painting them”. **light bulb!**
Here’s what I did:
Step 1 : Wash, dry and prime, using matte spray paint. Allow to dry completely.
Step 2 : Spray base-coat. This color should be a lighter color then the top coat color. I used Design Master Olive Bright #790 (it’s what I had on hand). Allow to dry.
Step 3 : Mix paint & glazing medium 3:1. I used 3 tsp clear glazing medium with 1 tsp acrylic craft paint ~ Delta Ceramcoat Laguna Blue. It should have a thin consistancy. Brush on a good amount, making sure to get all the cracks and crevises. Allow to set for about 20-30 seconds then wipe gently with a damp washcloth, only removing paint on the flat and raised surfaces.
Step 4 : Spray a protective finish. I actually didn’t do this and they have held up well so far, but this might not be a bad thing to do if you are going to be handling them often.
Tomorrow I will show the whole cabinet and a peek at the inside.