Turquoise and green radio cabinet I shared earlier this week with the before and after shots.
I was going to do a really detailed tutorial but it may not work out that way.
I can tell you how I painted the cabinet but I’m afraid I don’t have many pictures of each paint step. Sometimes I get so involved and forget to take photos and it’s really darn hard to hold a paint brush in one hand and a camera in the other and push the little picture button!
In the photo above I started out with a turquoise I thought was the perfect color but after looking at it for a while I decided it was too light.
So I did my favorite thing ( next to using the electric sander) and I mixed paints until I got the color I was looking for.
I wanted a rich turquoise that could stand up to a bright green.
some of my hardware stash
I love to get comments and a lot of them on the turquoise and green cabinet were about the hardware. Everyone loved the hardware.
Sometimes choosing the hardware takes twice as long as the painting project.
I had a real problem with this piece. I took the original knobs off by twisting the pull from the front. When I pulled the knob off the actual screw is embedded from the back of the cabinet with a wood panel glued over the whole back….surprise!
That means I had to find a pull that I could insert into the hole and screw onto the inside screw. I know it’s hard to visualize and I don’t have photos. Oh wait, I can show you a photo of the back.
See…no hole in the back of the door. Pretend the back panel isn’t on the door….you would be looking at the screw head.
I went through my large stash of hardware and came up with this. I spray painted them with Rust-Oleum Metallic paint first.
Then I brushed on some white white paint.
creative hardware ideas
I know, not exactly the same hardware from the other photo. When I tried to put the pull on the left side, the screw was sunk in too far and the pull couldn’t reach the threads, so I had to find a pull with a longer reach. After I hunted for what seems like hours and did more hardware painting….. I put them on, distressed lightly by hand, and put a little toner on to cut the brightness.
That’s the hardware story. See, the painting of the cabinet was the easy part
creative hardware ideas
I selected special hardware for this Mustard Seed Yellow Radio Cabinet too.
The hardware can really take a furniture makeover to the next level.
I like to use something a little different and unexpected.
Now for the paint details.
After I got the right color turquoise mixed up I painted the whole cabinet.
Next I had a can of $1.50 paint from Habitat Restore in a strange green color. It happened to work perfectly with the bright turquoise. I painted it over the front panels using a sponge brush. I didn’t cover the turquoise completely. Next I dry-brushed the green over the legs, the curved details on the cabinet doors, and the top and bottom edges of the cabinet. Just very lightly brushing places here and there. The brush was very very dry. Use a paper towel to take most of the paint from the brush.
After the paint was dry I distressed the details by hand. You can easily see in the photos where I did the distressing.
Next comes the white accents. I mixed white paint and water together in a cup with about 2 parts water one part paint. I didn’t measure anything. Then I took a small stiff paint brush like you would use if you were painting a landscape or something like that and painted in all the grooves of the legs and the top panels where the distressing was and along the front where there were cut-ins or details. I kept a dry rag handy to wipe excess paint that ran or was just too heavy. Like on the front panels….when you put the white on it goes on everything. I just wanted it in the grooves so I wiped over the details with the dry rag and the white paint is left in the grooves. Same thing with the legs.
Trust me, it’s easier than it sounds and it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s the beauty of it!
Do you think you can do this now? I know you can.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,