A few months back, I found this beautiful china cabinet. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t so beautiful yet…
Well, that’s not the whole cabinet, because when we got the cabinet into the house, it was too heavy for me to pick up and move by myself, so we just placed the top on the ground so I could paint it without the use of a ladder. Therefore, I didn’t get a picture of the whole thing together. Ugh. When will I learn? It is made by Drexel, and it was in great condition. The lights work, it had all the glass shelves intact, and the drawers pulled out easily.
I hated the color of the cabinet, but I loved all the details.
Fortunately for me, it didn’t smell like smoke at all, it just looked like it.
So, work began on updating it.
And then it stopped. We had birthday parties, graduation parties, family parties, etc, that made it a non-priority for a while. So, it was left looking like this for a while.
The reason it took so long to get back to is that there were so many things to do. Like strip the hardware that the previous owners had painted over – like five times!
I used Citristrip Stripping Gel on the hinges to remove all the paint. It was freaking amazing!!
True to their label, it didn’t stink, in fact it smelled citris-y. It worked like a charm on the first application – except for just a few spots, but I just applied it a second time, and it came right off. (Citristrip doesn’t know who I am, did not pay me to say this, or ask me to review their product. I just love how it works, and I love letting you know when something is worth every dime you pay for it!)
We did not attempt to clean all the other hardware, such as the nails or the roller catches inside the doors because they were such a mess and there were too many tiny spaces to try to get the paint out of, that it was far easier to replace all of them. Not to mention that they are super inexpensive, so I didn’t feel like it was worth the effort or time.
Two days ago, I posted on Facebook about whether I should paint the door hardware.
Resoundingly, the answer from everyone was to leave them as is. However, most of those answers came WAY after I painted them that day! LOL! Here was my reasoning for changing them… They were too yellowish once I had painted the cabinet a crisp white, with blue. They made it look too dated.
And if you look closely, you will see that some of the hinges had some scratches on them, which came to light after all the paint came off. So I used some Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze to lightly paint both the door pulls and the hinges.
Please don’t hate me for painting them, but in the name of updating, it had to be done.
I started to paint the lower doors, but because I was using an oil paint and trying to get it into the cracks and crevices, it was getting kind of gloppy, and not at all the smooth finish I wanted. So, I decided to try this out. It had been sitting in my garage just waiting for me to experiment with it…
So I loaded it up with paint and paint thinner as the directions stated, and began… and it was okay. Just okay. It kept spitting out paint from the vent. There wasn’t a lot of pressure behind the paint, so it just kind of trickled out. And the canister got crazy cold, so cold that my hand stuck to it like a tongue to a flag pole in winter. But, in a pinch to be able to use the color you want, it works. Here are the doors after I sprayed them.
I was hoping for fabulous results from this spray gun, because I use a ton of spray paint and it would save me money to be able to use my own paint. I didn’t think it was terrible, I just didn’t think the concept is perfected yet.
Okay, so without further ado… Here’s the finished china cabinet!
I know, I have to work on my styling, but it’s never been my strong point.
I love how the white pieces pop against the navy. But I think the doors are missing some detail without the stripes being painted like they were originally. Do you think I should add them? I like how clean and crisp it is now, but I’m afraid it’s too stark without them.
What do you think?
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