The last time you saw our “new” media cabinet it looked like this:
I found this bad boy on Craigslist and dragged Adam over to Wichita to pick it up on New Year’s Eve. It is a solid piece and a heavy one at that. Unfortunately, the more I looked at it after we got it moved downstairs the more I realized it needed some help. The drawers didn’t slide well, the top was damaged (maybe from water??), and there was quite a bit of damage on the sides from general wear and tear.
The first thing I did was sand the top clear down using this Christmas present:
Once I was done I had a blank slate.
For the bottom portion I decided to be brave and use some new paint.
Lowe’s has a little variety of chalk paint colors to choose from, so I felt fortunate that they had a blue similar to the blues I have used in the house. I decided to hold back on the antiquing glaze and only go with the sealing wax.
I did another sanding of the bottom. Just enough to get the varnish off so the paint would stick. Painting with chalk paint is different from painting with a typical house paint. I kept expecting it to cover even, but soon learned that chalk paint comes with a certain charm. And it totally worked for this piece.
After I was done painting I distressed it some areas and primed the bottom of the inner cabinets. You’ll see here that there were pieces I didn’t paint. That’s because these pieces were cut to make for different shelves. The top shelf will be for the DVD player and Wii. The bottom shelf will be for bigger storage.
I really liked the blue, but it seemed too, well, intense. I decided that it needed a little something to calm it down. So I added one more step to the process by using the antique glaze.
The doors were probably my favorite part because of how the glaze brought out the detail.
There was no way the old knobs were going to go back on, so I was quietly on the hunt for something unique. While up in Emporia I came across old water spigot handles.
I found my unique handles!
I wasn’t quite done with the inside of the shelves. I bought fabric to line the sides and used a light blue paint that I had used for other projects to paint the bottom of the shelves.
And, no, the little tv isn’t going to stay nor is the XBox. 🙂