Today’s I’m sharing one of the first jewelry cabinets that I painted with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint. It was just after I went to my first blog conference, Snap in Salt Lake City, where I met reps from DecoArt. I’ve been in their Blogger Outreach Program since then. They do provide me with paint but my projects and opinions are always my own. For example, today’s color turned out to be my least favorite. And obviously my customers’ least favorite, too, as it never sold. You’ll see this repainted a different color in a few weeks!
Here’s what I started with. An old jewelry cabinet in pretty good shape. Just a few scratches but inside some of the fabric was stained. I’ll show you what I did to solve that problem, too. And look at that beautiful (NOT) faux stained glass iris on the door. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of that!
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Painting with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
This color is called Smitten. I’m not sure what these black spots were. I don’t think they were supposed to be there since they didn’t appear evenly over the whole piece. They wouldn’t come off but the paint had no problem covering.
I tried to take a picture while I was painting. That’s harder than it sounds! But I did get this shot so you could see how well the paint covers with just ONE coat!
I did a little distressing. This paint distressed easier with sandpaper than the wet distressing I usually do. But the best thing? After sanding with an extra fine sanding sponge the finish was smooth and hard. So I decided to leave it like that and not add the polyacrylic coat that I’ve been doing.
What do you think now?
I think some people must get rid of their old jewelry cabinets and boxes because of stains. I run into a lot of them that are in good shape except for the inside. Here’s how I handled the problem this time.
I used my quilt square acrylic ruler to measure the space at the top and the drawers, cut felt to fit, ran a fine line of Gorilla Super Glue around the edge, then placed it carefully in the space and pushed it down firmly. (The glue was a sample that I was given at Snap, too. It worked great and you’ll hear more about that later.)
For the ring storage area I just measured the width, cut a long strip that size, glued it on the ends and between each roll, firmly pushed the felt in between each roll (starting at one side and working my way across), then cut it off at the end.
And that “beautiful” iris? Easy to remove. Just unscrew the small metal tab holding it in. I used the glass to trace the size on piece of decorative metal that I bought on Amazon, cut it with my tin snips, and fit it back by screwing the metal tab back in.
Here’s the before and after:
Leave me a comment if you’ve used the chalky finish paint. I’d love to see your projects!
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‘Til the next project,