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Up-Cycled 1950's Display Cabinet

Up-Cycled 1950's Display Cabinet

Up-Cycled 1950's display Cabinet. Love this!

Up-Cycled 1950's display Cabinet. Love this!

Hi Folks, the second of my up-cycling posts and today I thought I'd share an up-cycled project I've just completed ,  an old 1950's display cabinet that I purchased from a charity/thrift shop in my hometown of Bray in Co.Wicklow in Ireland.

The cabinet  was originally a dark brown wood with a very unattractive brocade lining on the inside. I decided to paper the inside and chose a flamboyant floral design and  a dusky pink coloured chalk paint from RUST-OLEUM to give it an authentic vintage feel.

Originally a dark brown wood with an unflattering brocade lining.

Originally a dark brown wood with an unflattering brocade lining.

I was quite pleased with the end result especially as I had never used a chalk paint before and my research told me that I would have to wax it to seal the paint once it was dry. I bought a tin of Classic Wax from FLAG and this proved very easy to apply to the dry paint. I waited for 24 hours before I applied the wax. I then waited for 30 mins for wax to dry before I buffed it to a lovely shine with a clean cotton cloth.

I wall papered the inside with a complimentary design.

I wall papered the inside with a complimentary design.

The brushes I used were a small and medium sized painting brush and a very tiny brush from a fine art brush set. I used this tiny brush to do the very narrow wooden ridges down the centre of the cabinet.

Essential Tools for the Job.

Essential Tools for the Job.

My overall conclusion is that I would highly recommend the use of Chalk Paint despite the fact you have to wax it afterwards to seal it. The end result is a unique vintage finish which I haven't had with any other paint product in the past.

Dusky Pink Rustleum Chalk Paint and Flag Classic Wax.

Dusky Pink Rustleum Chalk Paint and Flag Classic Wax.

Hope this post has been useful to all you budding Up-Cyclers out there. So, if you have any small piece of furniture that needs a face lift why not give it a go and be inspired by all the amazing coloured Chalk Paints available . You may just surprise yourself and create something truly unique.

Finished Up-Cycled 1950's Cabinet!

Finished Up-Cycled 1950's Cabinet!

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Skipping September..........

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