TRANSFORMING A PLAIN OLD CABINET INTO A BOHO BEAUTY
I’ve always wanted to have a boho cane cabinet in my space but they’re so popular and sometimes that means, expensive.
Here’s the thing, I tend to love expensive things, but I can’t afford them. This is one of the biggest reasons that I love DIY. I can create the look for myself, at a price that I can afford!
I worked on this project as a part of the Furniture Flip Challenge on Instagram. It was so much fun, I will probably participate every year!
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- The Real Milk Paint, Earth Green
- The Real Milk Paint Additives, Anti-Foaming Agent and Ultra Bond Adhesion Promoter
- Paint Sprayer, I used this Wagner Spraytech One (it’s amazing! Here is one on Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2EJO6ZC)
- Orbital Sander
- Soft finishing wax, dark brown
- Hall Table, I got mine from Target years ago
- Gorilla Glue
- Multi-tool, for sanding
- Spackle or Woodfiller
- Caning, I got mine from Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2Gd7FJY
STEP 1: DISASSEMBLE + SAND
Although the milk paint has an adhesion promoter, I didn’t use it. Because of this, I had to take it apart and sand it. If you want to save yourself this step, get the adhesion promoter!
STEP 2: REMOVE BARS + GLASS
The glass was pretty easy to remove. It was held in place with silicone strips.
Since I wanted that beautiful boho look, I had to remove the bars on the cabinet doors. This required the use of a saw of some kind, I elected to use a jigsaw. I cut the bars right along the frame and filled the remaining gaps with spackle after a light sanding. I sanded again after the spackle was applied to make sure that there was a seamless finish.
STEP 3: PAINT
I used a paint sprayer because I LOVE the super smooth finish I can get with it. The Anti-Foaming Agent in the milk paint is necessary. Unfortunately, I did not use it, and as a result, I ended up with a horrible paint finish. I really should have just followed the rules and used the additives as they recommended.
STEP 4: REPAINT
Because of this, I had to sand and repaint, doing everything the correct way.
STEP 5: WAX FINISH
I wanted the cabinet to be protected from moisture and damaged paint so I chose to finish it with wax. One of the things I really wanted from the wax was a depth that flat paint couldn’t provide.
I am not a huge fan of the shabby chic look, but the slight patina the wax provides makes the piece look a bit more subtly sophisticated.
STEP 6: SAND CABINET GLASS SPACE
The cabinet glass space is only thick enough to house the glass panel. In order to make space for the thickness of the cane, I used the sanding triangle on the multi-tool to sand away enough material to allow the silicone strips to slide back into place.