It just amazes me sometimes how paint can give an old, outdated piece a new life! Like this orange armoire, I gave a makeover. This cabinet was my client’s mother-in-law’s piece. She wanted to use it but did not like the old-fashioned look. Today I would like to share my sideboard makeover before and after with you.
Here is the cabinet before.
I know. Beautiful curves and hardware. But that yellow, eeek! I know what your thinking. Oh, but the yellow is beautiful. What you can’t see in the picture is that it’s some type of MDF board that is yellow in color. It is not PAINTED yellow. In-person, it almost looks like particleboard. This is not a beautiful paint job.
The client wanted a pop of color for her entryway. Her walls are a light gray, and she has a beautiful antique mirror that had deep, red tones in the frame. To coordinate with the mirror, we decided to use Barn Red by Dixie Belle Paint Company.
I love the barn red, but sometimes it can be a little too bright. Using an antique glaze would tone the red down a bit and at the same time, give it an antique look, which is what the client requested.
The top of the sideboard was in perfect condition. No work needed to be done.
The hardware definitely needed to be changed. However, it is very hard to find the beautiful pulls this sideboard had. Therefore, it would be easier just to paint the hardware. The client chose black.
The first step was to remove the doors. I also removed the hardware and set it to the side. (I was so eager to get started, I totally forgot to snap a shot of this. But I think you get the picture.)
I wiped down the cabinet, doors, and hardware with my Lysol wipe to remove any dust or fingerprints. This piece did not take much cleaning, it was in mint condition!
I set up a small piece of wood outside to paint the hardware. I wanted to do this first so that the paint would have time to dry and set while I painted the sideboard. The two pulls as well as the two knobs took two applications of the paint. After the paint was applied, they were brought inside to dry. I allowed 3-4 hours of drying time between coats. After it had dried completely, a layer of poly was used to seal the hardware.
The cabinet only took two coats of paint. After the second coat dried overnight, I applied one coat of Polycrylic. I applied the Poly by slightly dampening my sponge and wiping the poly onto the piece.
Adding Polycrylic Before Glaze
It’s essential to add the Polycrylic before you apply the glaze. This gives you more control over the glaze. Without a clear coat, your paint would soak up the glaze, and you would not have control over how much was applied.
You can see how the glaze toned down the red. The door on the left has glaze added, and the door on the right has no glaze.
Once your clear coat is dry, it’s time to glaze. It’s easier to work in sections, don’t try to glaze the entire piece. Apply the glaze with a chip brush, and then wipe off any access. You can lightly dampen your cloth with a spray bottle if you get too much in one spot. It will wipe right off. I applied the glaze heavier on the decor parts of the doors and sideboard to make them stand out.
I did not place a clear coat over the glaze. It’s really not necessary, but you can certainly do so. Here is the final result. I have to say it is a lot better than what it was before I painted.
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Finally, here are some other before and after furniture makeovers you may like! Just click the link.
Always remember to see potential in an out-dated piece. Paint can make all the difference!
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it will be.”