Once in a while I like to thrift store shop. Ok, I take that back. I like to thrift store shop. A lot. Period. Not just once in a while. All the time. Every chance I get. I have a regular circuit I like to travel. I have the sickness. But I also know that I’m not alone in this…there should be a 12 step program or something for people like me.
So anyway, when I spotted this little gem at a 2nd Time Around store I had to nab it. I think it was originally a dot matrix type printer cabinet. This was perfect since I was looking for a printer cabinet for my office. SCORE!
I loved the expanse of surface on it. It shouted the need for a fabulous faux finish with a dramatic silhouette of some sort.
Once I got her home, it was whisked away to the basement workshop for a little TLC.
First I had to do a little sanding to rough up the surface to prepare it for some primer.
Covered with a good coat of primer and ready for some lovely paint.
Same design on the side but MUCH larger.
Now for a little glaze to tone it down just a bit and give it some textured character. An acrylic glaze with a titch of brown sienna mixed it. Ah…perfect.
It’s a bit of a messy job so I made sure to wear gloves and covered the floor well. I rubbed the finish on with a little bundle of cheesecloth. That really helped create the striated texture that I was after.
So next time you see a little cabinet that has great bones, nab it in a New York Minute. Find a little dab of left over paint and let JFGI be your guide. Soon you'll end up with your own Trash to Treasure!