Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is? ~Frank Scully
Did you noticed my title “Flashback Friday”? It’s a new little series I’m going to try and throw into my blog postings at least once a month, and maybe more. I started this blog in June, 2011 and it’s evolved in so many ways. I’ve got way too many postings for the average person to go back and read, so I’ll be sharing some that I think might be worthwhile to repeat in some way or another.
I purchased the cabinet above, shortly after we had put an addition onto the back of our previous house. It’s the one and only time I ordered directly from a company in North Carolina and they shipped the cabinet to me via freight. It was exactly what I wanted and it looked beautiful with the yellow walls and red that were in the room. But after so many years, I needed a change.
The change came with my hibiscus watercolor I painted, which I’ve now decided to sell! Thinking I would keep it forever, I had it double-matted and a protective glass to prevent fading. I really thought we would be able to use it, but once we moved, it just didn’t work out.
I decided to paint the walls a beautiful gray, made a fitted slipcover for our red plaid couch and then made the huge decision to paint the cabinet black. This was before I was familiar with chalk paint.
I did lots of research and finally settled on using Gripper Primer in a gray, by Glidden.
I also settled on Rustoleum’s Black Satin. I wanted something that would last and not chip easily. It’s one of only a few oil-based paints that are on the market.
After protecting the floors and walls, I was good to go.
I only painted the one coat of gripper onto the cabinet and shelves, then it was onto the black paint. I rolled where I could, and used brushes in the other areas.
The bookshelf tracts couldn’t be removed, so I just painted around them and I ended up painting with the two little doors left on.
In the end, I had 2-3 coats of black paint painted on.
When it dried, it seriously looked like something you would buy from Pottery Barn, Ethan Allen or any high-end furniture store. I decided NOT to put a protective coating over it.
More than two years later and lots of use, there hadn’t been any scratches or chipping.
Unfortunately when we moved, we ended up selling this cabinet in our estate sale. It was one of several items, that looking back, we would have kept. But we had no idea where we were moving to and if we’d have room for it.
If I decide to paint anymore wood furniture in black, I would use this in a heartbeat!
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