Up-Cycled 1950's Display Cabinet
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.