Thursday, January 17, 2013

Shabby Chic Meets Urban Vintage


In our first collaborative endeavor, artist, photographer and image transferer Michelle E. Black and I tackled a rusty old, brown painted, garage bound metal cabinet.

I call it urban vintage meets shabby chic!


Months ago, Michelle and I were perusing my furniture pickins' in the storage unit behind the store. I was working my way through piles of furniture to find this cabinet because it was screaming for an image transfer treatment. We talked about it, looked at pictures and then procrastinated waited for the New Year to take on some new projects.

We started by painting the interior and exterior with Provence. Old White was dry brushed over the entire framework as well as the two doors. We added some Annie Sloan Craquelier to the edges so it looks like it has pickled by the summer sun over time.

Once it was painted, Michelle took over with the image transfer.



She picked a surfboard motif for the front which compliments the colors of the cabinet.

 
 
Then, when the image was transferred, I lacquered the entire piece and hit it with a little bit of dark wax to richen the whites and show-off the craquelier effect.
 

 
Once it was done, I couldn't stop looking at it! I love the added flair to an otherwise bland piece of furniture.


And, in case you are wondering...you can paint metal with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It went on beautifully...AND...you can do the image transfers onto metal as well!

I wonder what we will do next.

4 comments:

  1. That is so cool and spectacular. Totally different from most of the stuff I see. Great job!

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  2. really unusual project - thanks for sharing

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