You’ll never guess what I was inspired by for this makeover – yes, that’s right – a wedding cake! Look at that beautiful photo below. Gorgeous right? I love the color on the flowers and envisioned adding something similar to this liquor cabinet. As you’ll see, things changed as I got into the makeover. But I still love how it turned out and I hope you will too. I’m calling this the black and white striped cabinet makeover.
The inspiration for this makeover
Supply list for the Black and White Striped Cabinet Makeover
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Step 1: Cleaning and Prepping
If you’re new here (welcome!!) please know that the cleaning and prepping of your piece is the most important. If you’re not new, you’ll know that I’m starting off with my White Lightening and a clean rag. I go over the whole piece again with clean water and a clean rag one more time after cleaning it so that there are no issues with adhesion of your paint.
For this piece, I’m also covering the hinges with my Stikk Painters Tape so I don’t inadvertently get paint on them.
Step 2: Painting with Black Paint
I start by painting the entire piece in Caviar which is a true black. You’ll see in the image below, it does look a little blue when it’s wet, but once it dries, it is a true black.
PAINTING TIP! When you’re painting, flip the furniture on its back so you can get to the areas on the bottom and make sure that you don’t miss any spots underneath. Especially if it’s a custom piece or a flip, you don’t want to have any areas that look unprofessional.
Step 3: Adding Stripes to the Black and White Striped Cabinet Makeover
I’m starting with using my favorite painters tape called Stikks, starting on the far left side and creating a long strip from the top to the bottom. It’s important to burnish the tape and really make sure that it’s pressed down well and into the corners as well. This will help with not getting paint underneath the tape. Make the strip long enough to have a little pull piece at the top so that you can easily pull it off.
When the first strip is on and burnished, I pull apart 3 small pieces of tape to use as guiding tape. Butt it up against that first piece of tape since you know that one is straight. Then you can put down the second long strip of tape next to these guiding pieces. You can use a paint scraper to make sure that it’s pressed down firmly.
You can now remove those 3 small pieces of guiding tape and put them down next to the long strip that you just placed. Repeat this process until you’ve got all of your strips placed. Use a clean cloth to burnish the tape.
Step 4: Satin Clear Coat is a REALLY Important Next Step!
One really important step before I paint the white stripes as part of this black and white striped cabinet makeover is to use the Satin Clear Coat over top of the tape to really seal it. This will also help keeping any paint from getting underneath. This method is super important to get nice crisp lines!!
Let the Satin Clear Coat dry.
Step 5: Painting Stripes with Fluff
I’m using the color Fluff for the white stripes. I’m doing 2 coats of this overtop of the tape. Follow the tape and go vertically with your paintbrush. I wait for the first coat to dry before I do the second coat. After the second coat, you can peel it off when the paint is still wet.
The lines are amazingly crisp! The extra steps for the burnishing and clear coat are so worth it. I got some help taking the tape off this time. 🙂
Sometimes when you peel the tape off, you’ll see some areas that need to be fixed and this is easily done with an artist’s brush. I love to use a makeup brush!
Step 6: Adding Wood-U-Bend Flowers
Remember that picture of the cake and how there were so many flowers on there? I’ve had these Wood-U-Bend flowers for a while and thought they’d be perfect for this piece. I’m dry placing them first and then once I know where I want them to go, I take my hairdryer on the heat setting to warm them up and make them pliable. When you’re applying wood glue, make sure that you spread the glue to the edges of the flowers. Heat it up one more time and then push it down in place. It will be permanent once the wood glue dries. Then wipe off any excess glue.
Originally the plan was to make the flowers colorful but I pivoted and decided to make them Caviar (black) just like the rest of the piece. I love it!
Next, I’m sealing it with Easy Peasy Spray Wax and then rub it in with a microfiber cloth. For this piece, I wanted the paint to be matte so I’m not sealing with a clear coat, but you can if that’s the look you’d like!
Step 7: Gold Gilding Wax on the Black and White Striped Cabinet Makeover
The final step is taking my Gold Gilding Wax and lightly applying it on the hinges and the keyhole to make them pop.
This was a quick little makeover project and less is more with this piece! I had to show a lot of restraint. If you know me and you’ve been reading the blog for a while, I love color so this was hard. But I think it looks pretty great!
Oh and by the way, the top was in pristine condition so I left it the way that it was and it was already sealed.
Here is the how to video if you’d like to watch the process. It’s super short this week!
If you want more furniture painting tutorials, check out this nightstand makeover! https://bellarenovare.com/2019/08/awesome-nightstand-makeover/
Happy creating and see you next week!