Old, out of fashion furniture is often dubbed a white elephant and thrown out, but when we caught sight of this old television cabinet, we couldn’t resist the challenge. Our Top Billing Décor editor teams up with Anele to revamp the old cupboard and turn it into a designer accessory fit for a boutique guesthouse.
What You Will Need:
60-grit sanding paper
Sponge roller and tray
Hamiltons synthetic brush
Waterbased enamel (Dulux Royal Regatta 2, Dulux Mineral Haze 3)
Self-healing cutting mat
Decorative rubber and sisal welcome mat
Aerosol grey primer
Aerosol enamel paint (dark blue)
Step 1: Remove door handles. Lay drop sheets to protect floors from paint spills. Lightly sand the cabinet with 60-grit sanding paper, making sure to work in the direction of the woodgrain. Paint the cabinet with multisurface primer, remembering that all paintable surfaces should be free of dust and grease.
Step 2: Once touch-dry, paint the entire cabinet (inside and out) with Dulux Royal Regatta 2. Because the paint has a transparent base, you’ll need to apply two to three coats – allowing 30 minutes drying time between coats. Leave to dry completely.
Step 3: For ornate cabinet door inserts, cut the decorative rubber edges off a store- bought welcome mat using a retractable knife and steel ruler. You’ll have to score the edges several times to ensure a clean cut. Work on a self-healing cutting mat to protect the underlying surfaces.
Step 4: Run a wax candle over all the cabinet edges. This is to prevent the top layer of paint adhering to the paintable surface – it’s an easy, foolproof technique for authentic-looking distressing.
Step 5: Repaint the entire cabinet in Dulux Mineral Haze 3. Leave to dry completely.
Step 6: Working in a well-ventilated area, spray the decorative rubber segments with a grey aerosol primer. Once dry, apply a coat of dark blue aerosol enamel paint. Leave to dry completely. Fix the inserts to the cabinet doors with contact adhesive (exert gentle pressure for a few minutes to ensure a strong bond). Leave to cure.
Step 7: Replace all door handles. Gently sand around the cabinet edges and doors. You’ll notice how easily the top layer lifts off the surface where the wax was applied. The cabinet should by now have a charmingly distressed look and is ready to be moved into its intended spot.