Sunday, 6 May 2012

'Birdie Cabinet' re-do......

.......oops, I did it again. Apologies to Britney. I meant to take a 'before' shot of this little cabinet but I forgot, and if I'm honest, it was sooo horrible I wasn't sure I could rescue it. Now you know that means it was REALLY horrible because I'll take on most lost causes. The door was all dented and had been covered in some ghastly canvas type fabric and then varnished just to make it really hard to remove.

Anyway, just look at her now! I fixed as much of the damage on the door as I could and then decided to use this lovely vintage style graphic from Karen at the Graphics Fairy (of course) to camouflage the surface. (My husband said it was 'an inspired choice' - d'you think I've 'turned' him to the dark side of vintage?) I put a layer of matte Modpodge over the top to seal it and rubbed over some dilute paint to soften the details and make it a bit blurry. Then I waxed it with a mixture of clear wax all over and antique brown wax on the edges and distressed it slightly..... et voila!

So now I'm calling this my 'Birdie Cabinet' and hoping that other people like it too as I will put it into my retail space soon and then, if it's still around, it will go to the next Milton Keynes Handmade and Vintage Fair 26th/27th May - BTW, did I mention that the fair has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine? We're all v excited!


  1. Great re-do. I have never seen that image. I am off to look for it now. Thanks for sharing your project.

  2. Thanks so much - isn't it a pretty image, it seemed just right for this sad little cabinet!

  3. Love how you saved the cabinet and that image. I am in the process of repurposing an old cabinet that I found in a house that was being torn down. It is wobbly and has no top, but something about it was saying "save me" so I brought it home. Your cabinet gives me hope that I can hopefully save mine.


Your comments are always welcome, please join the conversation!