Saturday, April 23, 2011

Painting the butterfly cabinet

Disclaimer since I know some people are going to freak that I painted this cabinet.  I bought it for SUPER cheap because it was already broken.  Because if someone has a piece of crap furniture that is broken they offer it to me because everyone knows I LOVE broken junk.  Then we moved the cabinet to America and it got even more broken.  To fix it took a lot of wood glue and wood fill and there was no way to replicate the finish so I just painted it.  Plus I didn't love the red.  It is NOT an antique so it's okay.

Wow an entire paragraph of excuses!

Here is the before.


Broken leg.


There were quite a few chunks missing that had to be wood filled.


After!  I LOVE it.  The stenciling was pretty but I have a much simpler style and it was just too ornate for my house.  I was so afraid to paint this piece but I'm so glad I did.


I didn't sand it because I had no idea what the finish was before.  I started with Glidden gripper primer and followed it up with like 3 coats of Sherwin Williams latex enamel in Rainwashed.  It took FOREVER to paint because the big butterfly doesn't come off so I had to do around the butterfly with a teeny tiny craft brush.


Here's the living room before.




The other projects:
Living room pillows
Gallery wall
Lamp redo

And just to keep it real this is what my toddler did RIGHT after we moved the finished piece back.


She scribbled ALL over it with a colored pencil.  Hard enough to gouge the barely dry paint.  UGH!!  A few coats of paint later and it was pretty...again!