Location: Paris, France
Time: About three days - two days of sanding and wax removal, two half-days of painting.
Cost: About 90 euros (c130 dollars) all in: cabinet: €60, paint and brush: €20, large amounts of sandpaper: €6.
Not all wood grain is beautiful. With this heavy older piece, Jinx refocused, sharpened and cleanup its act up. Now it's ready for another 50 years! Head below the jump for all her pics, tools, and instructions and VOTING...
Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:
Lots of sandpaper, black gloss paint and two new brass handles.
Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:
I started out by sanding down awful old paint job on my bedroom door so I could close it and limit the amount of sawdust elsewhere in my apartment. Once I started sanding the cabinet, I realised that what I thought was stain was actually wax. I'd thought I would just give a light sanding to prepare for the paint but the wax meant I had to remove it all. I set to with the 60-grade sandpaper, working down through 120 and 240 over the next couple of days and weaseling away at the carved bits to coax out as much of the wax as possible. In the end, I could probably have saved a lot of effort as the paint didn't seem to have a problem on the areas where there was still a little wax left.
I also used a touch of wood filler to plug the holes left by the old hardware. Once the wood was smooth, I wiped it all down with a damp cloth to remove the dust, then covered the marble top with clingfilm to protect it from any painting accidents. I used water-based black gloss paint all over, coming back for a second coat a couple of days later. Painting inside the two overhanging sections was pretty difficult and I didn't find any cunning solutions to make it easier. Once the paint was dry, I screwed in two new nickel-coated brass handles. All that remains is to make a nice clean black&white bathroom to host it.