For those of you who don’t know, exam week at a college or university is the best time to find freebies. Students, especially seniors, cleaning out their dorm rooms often throw away some pretty decent items, like this cabinet! I found it sitting in the hallway by a trashcan (Don’t worry. I checked on it throughout the day to make sure that it was really “trash” and not just waiting to be hauled to someone’s truck). Just my luck, it was up for grabs and I was more than happy to give it a home in my dorm room.
When I was particularly stressed with papers and tests, I often looked at this white cabinet and thought about all of the possibilities it presented. All I could think about was art therapy and how I wanted to paint it rather than write papers. Now that I am out of school, that cabinet is getting a makeover!
I admit that I started this project with little thought as to what I wanted to do with the cabinet, so I bought some light blue paint and just slapped it on. Of course, that did not work because this cabinet is laminate and the paint got scratched and peeled off. Well, after that I decided to actually take some time choosing what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it. After seeing many different pictures of furniture painted with an ombré fade, I decided that’s what I wanted to do.
Materials: You’ll need a hand sander, tack cloth, primer, at least 2 paints, paint brushes. Remember to seal it with polyurethane.
Process: Since I did not want to ever deal with peeling paint again, I sanded the cabinet, then wiped it clean with a tack cloth. I primed it with oil-based Zinsser and painted the inside of the cabinet Orchid Rose (all of my paints are by Behr). I think it really pops against the blue and green. I then painted the top half with Winsom Hue (blue)and the bottom half with Lagoon (green) and used a clean, wet paint brush to blend the middle sections together. The sides actually blended better than the front, which worked out because I like the wispy-look of the doors. I chose the blue and green thinking it would look a little like the sky and grass. I plan to go back later and paint a floral and butterfly design on the front in the same bold pink color as the inside.
I would post a picture of the completed project but I found the design online before I knew we’d be making this blog, and I don’t want to get into any copyright issues. I would come up with my own design but I am already in love with this one. And you know how it is when you’re in love with something and can’t get it out of your head. Nothing else will ever be good enough. So, I apologize that you don’t get to see the finished product, but if you are really interested you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send you a picture when it’s finished.