Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet Project
This “lovely” cabinet was found at an antique mall and was left outside on the porch where it was subject to the Florida weather and lots of neglect. But it had such beautiful carvings and was a nice petite size and I just found myself drawn to it. I kept going back to it and even after sleeping on it a day, which is usually good enough to dissuade me from a bad decision, I went back and purchased it. Now, this poor cabinet was severely neglected and had I known just how much work it was going to be, I probably would not have purchased it. The top piece was pretty badly bowed and had to be replaced – it could not be repaired. The varnish was peeling off everywhere in big pieces as was the veneer. I found evidence of termite damage although I believe the termites have since departed. And it seemed as if every time I merely touched any of the decorative wood pieces, they would chip off and I had to replace so much of the decorative pieces. And yet, I could still envision the long lost beauty of this cabinet. I made a last minute decision to use Poets Paint Blackbird for a nice black finish.
Here’s a sample of how bad the varnish job was done – bubbling and globs everywhere. Below is how big slices would just peel off.
After many hours and days of tossing and turning about what color to paint the cabinet – I couldn’t decide whether to go bold and do it in a washed Aegean Turquoise, soft and subtle with Vintage Silk Blue, gold ol’ standard Vintage White, beautiful Seaside Blue, or even try a distressed Ancient Red. Time was running out as the cabinet was going to be used as a display for the Poet’s Paint at an Antique Mall and I had 4 days left before I had to deliver it. Poets Paint Blackbird it was! Good coverage and I figured I would highlight the woodwork with just a touch of our sister company’s Driftwood all Natural Liming Wax and then top coat it with the Driftwood Final Finish Liquid Wax for an easy and hard wax finish.
I love how the Liming Wax gave it a subtle ghostly appearance – just enough to make the decorative woodwork stand out. I then replaced the handles with some beautiful black and white handles I discovered at a TJMaxx. While I don’t have a picture of the cabinet door, I did end up stenciling “Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint” and our logo in black on the glass and I wish I had taken a picture as it really did come out good. But this was a bear of a project.