As soon as I clapped eyes on this transfer I knew I would love it. I just had to wait for the right piece...
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Here’s the before shot of this handmade cabinet - its rustic and full of character so I’m going to fully embrace that!
The first job as always is to give it a good clean with White Lightning.
White Lightning is a granulated cleaner which you add to water. I use warm water in a bucket and add the White Lightning to it. I usually use a microfibre cloth or sometimes a dish sponge with a scourer pad.
You can see how the dirty the water is after cleaning and this is why it’s so important to not skip this step. Once clean, I rinsed with clean, warm water and a clean microfibre cloth to remove any White Lightning residue.
Next, out came the Festool sander and I gave it a quick sanding.
Then masked the glass off.
I knew I wanted the inside to be white and although using Silk, I added a couple of coats of BOSS stain blocking primer first.
For the outside I chose Colonel Mustard. I didn’t use BOSS on the outside as I wanted to age the piece using lots of brown wax so wasn’t concerned about bleed through.
I used Salt Water from the Silk line for the interior.
I applied the Latin Floral transfer to the interior back of the cabinet and sealed with two coats of Flat Clear Coat.
I used Voodoo Gel Stain in White Magic with an Applicator Pad to tone the colours of the transfer down to give a softer, washed effect which is in keeping with the rest of the cabinet.
I added some off cuts of the Latin Floral Transfer to the drawer sides and repeated the step above.
I put a wash of Holy Guacamole over the Colonel Mustard for some tonal colour variation...
...then dry brushed Colonel Mustard back over the top to give the impression of worn, layered paint.
I decided on a pop of colour for the drawer interior. I chose Peony Chalk Mineral Paint as there are some bits of hot pink in the transfer design so I thought this would tie in nicely.
I used a sharp blade to distress the edges inside and out.
Next I added a layer of Best Dang Wax in Clear over the entire piece. Even though the interior was painted in Silk which has a built in top coat, the transfer and the Voodoo Gel Stain still required sealing.
I used a Premium Chip Brush to apply Best Dang Wax in Brown for an aged effect.
I created a short video on my YouTube Channel which shows this technique - you can find it right at the bottom of this blog post!
I removed the excess brown wax with a dish sponge.
Then I added a small amount of clear wax to a clean shop cloth and used it as an erasure for some highlights. This removes the brown completely. You can erase Best Dang Wax in all colours with a damp rag or a baby wipe as the wax is water based.
Below is a shot of the completed piece and some close ups. I hope you like it and have found this blog post useful!