This has to be from the Seventies and once housed an actual television inside those ornate doors. Our neighbor had given it to my dad and he kept it in the foyer but I felt it had potential … I mean look at that scroll work. And so I wanted to revive this vintage TV cabinet.
I wanted to use it in the living room as a TV stand. You know what it was meant for, sort of. Up till this point I had used my dresser for the TV but I really wanted my dresser back. Finally about a few weeks after my pleading, he relented … but only because I didn’t mention it again.
As you can see it was in pretty bad shape, and I thought I’d just give that cheap cabinet a quick paint job.
What I Used:
- Sanding paper
- Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Snow White Safe Paint Version
- Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Slate Safe Paint Version
- Acrylic paint in white
- Daddy Van’s All Natural Beeswax and Lavender Furniture Polish
- Decorative Wax in White
- Paint brushes
- Rags for waxing
The How To:
So sand I did, and lots of it! I realized that what I had thought was a cheap plastic top turned out to be good quality wood!
I had to remove the varnish and stain to get to this.
Not at all what I had been expecting. But it was a nice surprise!
Not knowing what to do with the top, I instead proceeded to the sides. I had some leftover milk paint in Snow White from this project and used that…
And then I remembered that the paint I had used was original milk paint. Not the other type that does not chip. Oh!!! I could have slapped myself silly at this point. I had been through this before a few months ago.
And as if the chippy wasn’t enough of a problem I also had this going on! When I painted the edges it left these marks from the brush. It wasn’t the paint’s fault it’s just that I had never painted furniture before where the brush stroke stopped abruptly like that.
Milk Paint can be tricky if you are not familiar with it. But lucky for me I have Facebook and that means groups with wonderful people that are out there to help and give advice at a moment’s notice. I went to this one and this one and got loads of tips.
What I ended up doing was using a larger brush and also painting the layers, one vertical and one horizontal until I had it all covered up and nothing was showing.
I have to be truthful, this is no fun at all! Oh and did I mention that all this scroll work is plastic?
Below is the brush used for waxing the piece.
The wood top was done with two coats of snow white and then two more coats of this beautiful Slate color. I had thought it would turn into a smooth grey but instead it became this gorgeous soft blue which I like so much better.
So you see my plans were altered right there. It’s not a problem since I’m introducing elements of blue into the living room.
I painted the inside of the doors and the speaker covers, slate as well. And the hinges were done in a metallic deep grey. It is here that you can see the beauty of Old Fashioned Milk Paint. When painted it takes on a life of its own and adds layers and different shades, almost like a soft cloud brushing the furniture.
Also a few days after I had started work on this piece we got a puppy and he in his enthusiasm tried to nibble on the other side of the cabinet. So I suspect we may have a few more of these accidents in the future. I figure this is all a part of real life living. I ended up distressing a bit more and that was the end of that.
And here is the little culprit, eight-month old Tatou! Now how can you get mad at that face?
See what a warm, pretty color the top it. It turned out so much better than my original vision of the grey.
But now that he sees what I’m capable of, maybe I can wrangle a few more pieces out of him. In all fairness, I don’t think I’ll be able to top this one. It’s not every day you come across scroll work like that. And using Old Fashioned Milk Paint certainly made all the difference in the beauty of the color and in the details.
Have you ever tried Milk Paint? What are you waiting for?
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