Monday, April 6, 2015

General Finishes Paint for a vintage cabinet

*Disclosure: I was sent free product to try, but my opinions are ALWAYS my own...and I am not afraid to share them!

I received a nice package about 8 weeks ago from General Finishes.  I was excited to get a few things to try, as many of my friends use General Finishes for all of their furniture painting needs.

When we bought our second condo, this tall, skinny cabinet was in the kitchen, where it served as a broom closet.  Since it was impeding access to the fridge, which is criminal (if you ask me), I removed it.  After all, what's more important: sweeping or ice cream?

Meanwhile, I had a great idea for this cute little cabinet.  I have a place to keep my broom, but it too is inconvenient.  So, I thought, HEY!  I can take this broom cabinet and move it to a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HOUSE!!  And while it was fun and funky and vintage, it was pretty ugly.

Included in my box from General Finishes was a small can of Lamp Black, and I put a thin coat on the cabinet.

I wanted it to look draggy, so I was successful.

Then, in order to make it go with the vibe of the room, I decided it needed a bird.  I used my laptop as a lightbox and traced a bird onto some paper, which I cut out.

In order to get the shape to fill in, I put a bunch of chalk around it.   I wanted to be sure I had the complete shape, so it took a lot of chalk.

And, the finished product!!

The tree is using the 'full-strength' General Finishes Lamp Black.  I also used their poly over the paint, and was very pleased with how well it went on -- smooth as 'buttah'--and how easy it was to clean up.  I loved this product, and can't wait to try more!!

*If you haven't had a chance to enter to win a great little tote, go here!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is SO fun, kirby! i love their paint as you know! and i love the design you created- i can see this piece on a porch, filled with gardening tools.

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NanaDiana said...

Kirby! That turned out GREAT!!!! Seriously...I love it!!! You did a fantastic job on that piece. xo Diana

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Wow! Great job Kirbs! That tree is awesome. I've been wanting to try some of this paint.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

The paint is new to me so I'm excited to hear about it. Great job on the cabinet! I love the gray color and the draggy look :-) I've always wished we would have put a broom closet somewhere in this house... it always ends up propped in the corner.... have a great day Kirby!

Bliss said...

I have used the Lamp Black as well, it's a really true black....... and I'm out of it.

Feral Turtle said...

Sounds like a great product Kirby and what a fantastic design. You are so artistic!! Cheers.

Andrea said...

Can we see it in its home?

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