Thursday, July 21, 2022

Cactus On The Corner

My "go to" color when painting furniture to sell is usually some shade of green. It's odd that I don't decorate my home with green since I love it so much!

And, this corner cabinet is no different... I chose a beautiful color, called Cactus, from Dixie Belle's SILK line of paint. Silk is an acrylic based paint, so it's a little different from their chalk mineral paint line.

The cabinets original finish was cherry.

I don't have a great place to paint large pieces, but when a friend sent me this photo, I couldn't resist!

There was a lot of beautiful detail, but the dark color didn't allow it to stand out.

After cleaning with White Lightening, I gave the piece a light scuff sanding. Unlike with Dixie Belle's chalk mineral paint, a scuff sanding is recommended with Silk.

After the scuff sanding, the piece still had somewhat of a slick finish, so I added Dixie Belle's Slick Stick. This product helps paint stick to any slick surface.

On the door, rather than taping off the glass, I slid parchment paper underneath the mullions so I could paint without worrying about getting the paint on the glass. I added tape to the areas where it was hard to get the parchment underneath the mullions. This works using a deck of cards too, but I wanted something to cover large areas at one time.

More Slick Stick...

I like to wait overnight when moving on from one product to the next. So, I waited until the next day then started painting. With Silk you need to wait 2 hours between coats. 

It took 2 coats of paint for perfect coverage.

To make the beautiful detail stand out, I used Best Dang Wax in the color Black.
I put it on with a wax brush, making sure to get down into all the grooves. Then I wiped it back with a soft rag. I used clear wax to remove the black wax anywhere that I felt it was too heavy.

Now you can see that beautiful detail!

I used Dixie Belle's chalk mineral paint in the color, Caviar to paint the inside of the cabinet.

I can't imagine this piece any other color. Cactus was the perfect choice!

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