I'm glad you're here.
I want to say thank you to all of you who commented on my last post. It's so nice to know that you are out there. Support and encouragement are always welcome. I wish I could have replied to each of you, but for reasons I don't know, some of your comments come with reply email address and some of them do not. So whether you received a reply from me or not, I appreciate you taking the time to encourage me.
Let's get down to business.
I have this cabinet in my dining room.
You may have seen it before.
This cabinet used to be white.
But silly me, when we moved into this house, I stripped it of all it's original glory, painted it brown, glazed it with Old Masters Gel Stain, decoupaged the front and side panels and covered the whole thing with about 6 coats of Deft Clear Wood Finish.
It was pretty.
But then I saw this.
|source Pinterest (originally from Decoratrix.com)|
This was one of my first pins.
I just love it.
And it fit my black and white plan for the dining room.
Of course I didn't do it right away.
Why would I do that?????
But when Pure & Original Paints came across the pond I ordered a can of White. They actually have 13 white and ivory tones to choose from. But I wanted plain white.
Of course, I got the paint a year ago.
I guess there was no real rush.
(I like that word rush. I realized that when I went to my orthopedic guy to ask for help with my hip. As we were walking to the x-ray machine the tech asked me why I was there. I said "well my hip has really been bothering me - it's been about two years now and I'm a little tired of it. " She laughed and said "well don't rush in!!" For some reason I found that amusing.)
But then all of a sudden I wanted to get it done.
The cabinet, that is.
You probably know that painting a true white is challenging.
Smart painters always paint a coat of light grey before they paint their first coat of white.
But I wanted to test out this new paint.
The highly lacquered finish was pretty slick and I wanted to test out the Pure & Original's ability to stick.
It stuck great.
The first coat gave me a lot of hope.
But after the 2nd coat I could tell that I had a case of the "I wish I had painted this grey first."
Also, I have found out something that really helps with white. No matter what type of paint you are using.
Actually, especially if you are using one of the mineral, chalk, or clay paints.
No matter what - sand lightly between each coat of paint. The smoother your surface is for each coat the better coverage you will get. No matter how smooth the surface seems, there are little brush lines that the next coat will stick to disproportionately. So you end up with more paint on the raised areas and less on the areas that need the paint the most. Then you have a second coat that you thought would fill in your low areas but actually laid more paint on your high areas. This makes it almost impossible to get coverage with less than 4 coats.
Like an idiot, I didn't sand after coat one. But I did after coat 2 and was able to get final coverage on coat three.
Here's how I did the drawing for the graphic.
Cut 6 pieces of paper to the measurement of each "shelf".
Sketched each section. (This actually took several tries. I was trying to keep things proportionate to the real sizes of the items I was drawing.)
I divided the panel on each side by 3 and drew in the shelves.
I taped each sketch to the cabinet and traced the items onto the cabinet with carbon paper.
Finally, I used a Sharpie and traced over the markings from the carbon paper.
I used a regular Sharpie, but I should have used an oil based Sharpie.
I waxed the whole thing with Annie Sloan Soft Wax - Clear.
I had a hard time staging this because in my vision there is a tall plate shelf thingy that will extend the white up the wall.
I like the idea of the ironstone pitchers, but they sit too low for my vision.
So I just experimented with some other stuff until I can either find or make the rack that will match my vision.
Maybe in 2 more years that will happen!
In addition: it's only 2 days now until my surgery and I haven't made any specific plans for the blog.
So you may hear from me soon and you may not.
Have a great weekend and thanks for being there.
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