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Ordinary Meets Extraordinary

Oct 26, 2014 09:00AM ● By Sandy Matson
  • An old piece of wooden, painted furniture
  • Paint (two colors)
  • Two additional craft colors for the feather on the door
  • Top coat
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencil
Distressing is everywhere you look anymore. Don’t be distressed: There are tons of tutorials on how to do the job if you need a little help.

This project gives you the chance to look at what is in your basement or garage in a completely different light. Certainly, it’s a chance to make a dusty wallflower into something worthwhile again. I decided this little gem (collecting dust in the garage) needed a new look and a new space!

  • Find any wooden piece of furniture you have on hand, or pick up an inexpensive piece at a thrift store or garage sale.
  • Sand it down with sandpaper.
  • Paint it the base color, because whatever base you paint first will be the color coming through once you sand off the top color (give this color some thought).
  • Paint the top coat using a latex satin paint. I painted a second coat and let that dry overnight.
  • Take a sand block with fine-grit paper and sand only in the areas you want the base coat to show through. If you take too much off, repaint and sand again.You can choose to show as little or as much as you like.
  • Take a stencil (I chose a peacock feather) and apply that to the cabinet doors. I went with three colors.
  • I chose to use gold as my first color. Then I waited for that to dry a bit and moved the stencil just enough to where I could stencil in another color in smaller areas.
  • Wait for that to dry and then go with a shiny topcoat to seal and protect and give it a nice shine.

I decided to go with colors and a design that I thought my daughter would like. You’ll want to let your own imagination run wild when designing your own project. When you’re finished, you have something absolutely unique and personal to cherish for years to come.


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