well I have finally finished the cabinet I kept telling you about. It took me just over 2 weeks with many coats of base coating then painting the design.
This cabinet or whatever you want to call it came from a local school my hubs was working at and it was destined for the dumpster. It has been in the school forever one of the other Custodians said so my hubs asked if he could have it thinking I might be able to do something with it.
I have a lot of pics here so please bear with me.
Here is a sneak first of the theme I went with....
This piece is so old, looks like it was from the 70's maybe. It sure is beat up, whatever could I do with it to spruce it up? Hmmmmmm
2 larger drawers to put craft tools in like heat gun, paper punches, rulers, stencils......and......more stuff.....
Inside is really roomy with deep and wide shelves....
And what is this??? cat napping???, hey, there is work to be done here. No sleeping on the job.
Rosie never left me the whole time I was cleaning up and painting this cabinet. She walked on it, interrupted me several times to get pets and wanting her whiskers painted. She just loved this piece.and of course the odd drink out of the paint water.....never mind if it had been used a bit.
I added large sunflowers to the front and top as you can see and added some insects for interest and to make the eyes wander around. I also used a stencil I have had for years to help fill some of the space.
And a little bumblin bumble bee here and there because I know for a fact they love sunflowers when we plant them....
And here is the final pic of the finished piece. I painted the sides the same colour as the drawers and it looks really sort of artsy fartsy. The sunflower on the front right corner goes over the side and it looks really nice against the Straw colour I used. I also shaded the drawers and sides along the edges. I did not however paint the inside as I will be putting things in and taking them out a lot so no need to paint then have it all scuffed up. I may find some liner paper to line the shelves with. The drawers are painted and I hope I won't regret that down the road. The base colour is an off white but it really looks white here. I was thinking of antiquing it a bit to tone it down and I may still do that.
It was brutally hot here when I was doing this and I have never experienced in all the years I have been painting how fast the paint was drying. If I made a mistake or put paint somewhere I didn't want it I had to have a damp cloth int hand at all times because there was no real give with this much heat.
I am happy with the results and poor Rosie is missing it being in the middle of the kitchen. It is nicely stocked with my scrap paper, Cuttlebug, and all my other crafty stuff. No bags of this and containers of that sitting around in neat piles.
This was fun and so glad hubby saw this, he is a great guy that way.
Thanks for looking and take a peek around, if you can still use something give it new life. We have enough stuff going to the trash these days.
Next project, some primitive cats on canvas.
Have a super weekend...