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« on: January 16, 2010 12:23:16 PM »

A few days ago, I bought this beautiful wooden jewelry cabinet at Goodwill, ($10!!!) thinking it would be a fun project to paint, and stencil and stuff. When I got home I realized I have no idea how to do so. So my questions are like "do I sand it first?" "What kind of paint do I use?" and most importantly "WHERE DO I START?" Here are the pictures of it, if that helps (BTW, the inside is felt, and I don't plan to change that). Any help what-so-ever would be awesome. Thanks for reading.


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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010 01:28:38 PM »

I love those cabinets Smiley

Here's my noob input: Whether or not you need to sand it depends on lots of things. The kind of paint you'll be using, the quality of the paint that's already there, and how picky you are with making something that'll last. But as a rule you should always sand it, not least because if the paint that's already there starts to chip, it'll take your paint with it.

I'd suggest sanding it as well as you can without scuffing the metal bits (unless you know how to take it apart and put it back together!), then taping over the windows. Work with thin coats of paint in several layers (until you're satisfied with the coverage) for something that'll last. (allow paint to dry completely in between applications). Remember to use a base paint underneath your main paint, if your color is "weak". It varies from paint to paint whether a color is weak or not, white and yellow are typical strong colors, while reds can be quite weak in some cases (takes a ton of coats for the base to stop showing through - hence the need for a base that won't be so apparent - white is a good base for red, while black tends to show through red as stripes in the paint)

I don't know of any proper brands to use, but I have a set of acrylics that have worked really well for me, for small stuff like this. (I painted a large pencil stand a while back) Especially if you follow the rules of sanding and working with thin layers, acrylics should be fine. But I'm sure someone might have a better suggestion, somewhere. Maybe google "furniture painting" or something?
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2010 06:21:56 PM »

i think you should maybe spraypaint it, but yes, after sanding.  also it looks like the glass can come out by unfastening the little metal things... but if not, then you would want to cover that, of course.  and block off the inside from the spray as well.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010 03:02:42 AM »

Spraypaint is awesome for an even look, just remember to be extra careful with covering up everything that doesn't need to be painted. The hangers in particular if you can't remove them (paint in the attachment of the hangers can cause them to stop being able to spin), and remember remove the drawers when spraying the rest - you could get some funny results when paint flows in through the cracks. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010 05:14:55 AM »

I agree... spraypaint is the way to go. I'd unscrew the little screws on the door hinges, remove the knobs and remove the drawers while you work. A light sanding definitely will help the paint adhere. If the current paint is very smooth your paint will just sit on top and scratch off every time you breathe wrong in it's direction- I know, I've done it. A lot. Before you start painting, mask all of the felt interior off with newpaper and masking tape. Overspray on felt has a really disgusting texture.

Also, not that you asked, but as soon as i saw your piece I immediately thought of how beautiful it would look with a fresh coat of paint and some big, girly vintage looking dahlias or peonies decoupaged. In aqua or mint with pretty pink flowers. Actually, you'd better just send it my way. It would look fabulous in my bathroom. No, you won't? Okay, fine!

Whatever you do, I'm sure it will look great. It's already a very cute piece.Make sure you post finished pictures!
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010 12:52:45 PM »

Thank you so much for your help. And sorry, this cabinet is staying with me. Smiley But thank you for the decoration advice!
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