I hope that you were following along in the process as I shared the techniques, tools, and textures that I used to create this beautiful, high end, industrial makeover.
This piece started out as a gorgeous Estate Sale find. Originally, it had been a huge buffet cabinet with amazing beveled glass doors and solid wood shelving. That piece will be used on another amazing project. I was immediately I was drawn to the possibilities! Yes, she was a must have. This piece, with its spacious five drawers, brass hardware, and solid construction would be the perfect redesign for an industrial media cabinet.
Oh yes! The purchase was made and now for the details of getting this beauty into my truck. Honestly, it did not happen that same day. I had to make arrangements for family members to help out on this one. Screwdriver in hand, I first removed the brackets connecting the top and base and then I proceeded to remove the heavy glass doors. This would ensure that they not only did not break but that we would not break our back trying to lift this into my truck.
The move was a complete success and I was super anxious to get started on this amazing piece. Well, it did not happen the next day as you can guess. It sat as a complete China cabinet once in my workshop for about a month. I had a few other beauties to work on in the meantime. But, I will tell you that every time I walked past this piece the wheels were turning.
That is actually part of the process for myself and most furniture artists. Oftentimes, we have to wait for the piece to talk to us. And trust me, this piece was talking to me.
Oh yes, I was dying to get started on this one. Several custom pieces were finally on their way to their new forever homes and there she sat. The time had finally come for me to start on the redesign. I could not have been more excited…..which is basically how I feel towards every piece in my workshop. But this piece was ready and it was time for the cleaning and prep work. A light scuffing and a fantastic deglosser and the fun began.
It did not take long to realize that this piece was going to be receiving some fun texture. Saltwash and a fun textured roller came in handy for this next step. I allowed it to completely dry and really wasn’t completely sure about my decision. On to another project until I figured out my next step.
The very next day……my shipment of Roycycle Decoupage Papers arrive. Oh yes! This is going to be fun! I applied a light coat of Wise Owl White Stain Eliminating Primer to the door fronts and sides. This would ensure that the application of the Grunge Numbers Decoupage Paper would keep its true color and I would not run into any bleed through. Next came out the scissors and the decoupaging process was underway.
This step was almost effortless and the design was really beginning to show its magic. I used Wise Owl One Hour Enamel Clear Top Coat to apply and seal the paper. The colors on this paper were the deciding factor of this cabinet and out came the Wise Owl Chalk Paints. Espresso, Isles Ave, and Black blended effortlessly to create this rustic industrial theme. I allowed this to sit for a couple hours and simply walked away heading off to my shop to get some other projects delivered and staged.
Glazes and metallics were added to the surface and existing hardware and a couple fun colors of chalk paint , Iron Oxide and Weathervane, were applied to the completely sanded top followed by a light coat of dark walnut stain which was then sealed with our Wise Owl Mate Varnish. This beautiful piece was now complete and I could not be more pleased. The final step was to apply our Wise Owl Clear Furniture wax.