Many people discard furniture when it becomes knicked or worn. Old wood furniture often features a distinct look and construction unlike what is used today, making it a great find at a flea market or at the curb for trash pickup. A wooden bar cabinet that still has its legs and doors can be given a new life. Some paint and a little TLC will have it looking better than new.
You will need:
• 3-inch foam brush
• 2-inch chip brush
• 100-grit sandpaper
• 3 colors of paint
• Sheets of imitation silver leaf
• Sticky size
• 1-inch wide painter’s tape
• 1/4-inch wide specialty tape
• 1/8-inch wide specialty tape
• Vacuum with wand dust attachment
• Oil soap
Step 1: Dust the cabinet and vacuum it with a wand dust attachment to remove remaining dust. Combine the oil soap and water in the bucket according to the product instructions. Dip the rag into the solution and use it to wash the interior and exterior of the cabinet. Remove excess solution with the towel and allow the cabinet to dry completely.
Step 2: Use the sticky size to adhere sheets of silver leaf to the interior of the cabinet. Work the silver leaf into place with a dry chip brush.
Step 3: Paint the exterior of the cabinet with the base color, using the foam brush. Allow the paint to dry and use the two specialty tapes to create spacers for painting the additional colors on the front of the doors.
Step 4: Paint all surfaces on the interior and exterior, including any metal rails that secure the wineglasses in the doors. You can even add toner to the silver leaf to create a feeling of depth and make your barware look sparkling.
Step 5: Add a vinyl wall decoration to the inside of the upper door. When you are using the bar cabinet, this door will be opened and everyone will see the decorative design or meaningful saying.
Step 6: If the front doors do not feature hardware, add decorative themed doorknobs or paint basic wooden doorknobs to match the door colors.
Step 6: Add decorative barware like colorful old seltzer bottles, retro glasses, and silver accessories.