Sometimes a break is needed and it’s good to step away for a while from things that tend to consume us. After finally putting our hospital bills behind us, I needed a break from churning out furniture after furniture. After about 3 weeks of not really doing a major makeover, I found it was time. Do you ever take a break like that? A friend of mine was in the process of moving and had a few pieces that belonged to her mother that she thought I might be interested in. She had a desk and this curio cabinet. I see a tissue paper makeover coming on.
Although it wasn’t much to look at, I thought it had potential. It’s not an antique and is actually a more modern piece made to look old, but still a piece of furniture nonetheless.
It originally had a glass back, but at some point the glass got broken and I decided it was not going back in. I wanted to take this sad-looking cabinet and give it a feminine makeover.
A few months ago, I received this sample of Heirloom Traditions paint and wax to try, and thought it would be perfect for this project. It’s been so long since I’ve done a white, shabby chic piece and I was going through withdrawal…sigh.
I removed the glass sides and door and did very minimal prep work. On goes the paint and bye-bye tired wood. It’s looking better already!
After two coats of paint (can you believe I got two coats out of that sample container?!!), I did some distressing to create that time-worn appeal we all know shabby chic is known for.
So you may be wondering what I decided to do with that messed up backing…well, I wanted to give more structure to this piece and knew a piece of beadboard (usually used for wainscoting) would do the trick, plus add some texture. I had the perfect size piece in my stash…YES! I love when that happens.
In order for that beadboard to fit in, my husband routed the edges so it would lay flush to the back. Since I wanted this piece to show an aged appeal, it was time for creating layers.
First, I gave the beadboard a coat of stain, then whitewashed it with paint.
You know that shabby chic is also about ROSES, right? So, to get some rose action going on, I used dollar store tissue paper to decoupage a layer onto the beadboard. I don’t use the pricey stuff, but just Elmer’s glue with a bit of water does the same thing. Here’s what it looks like in the process…
…and here’s a close-up of the effect I’m getting. Perfect.
Once the tissue paper had dried, I took my orbital sander with 220 grit paper and gave it a light sanding to add to that texture. After that, installation was easy and time to see the full reveal.
Much better, right? Heirloom Traditions paint was a dream to work with, easy to apply, and easy to create a time-worn look.
That backing came out just as I’d hoped and almost even better.
It was providence that I found these vases the same week I was working on this cabinet, don’t you think? These vases and the curio cabinet can be purchased from my shop. (SOLD)
If you loved this tissue paper transformation, I’d love for you to share!