Friday, December 14, 2012

Craft Room: TV Cabinet Turned Storage Cabinet

Once again I have pulled my disappearing act.  I have been busy, but I'll spare you the yada, yada details.  There has been a whole lot of banging, clanging, grunting and groaning...that last would be me getting up off the floor.  It's hard to do it gracefully anymore.   It's more of a pitch forward, a lurch, then a stumble and a shuffle of feet as I try to get my legs moving again. Getting old is not for wimps!

Now that I've painted that picture, let me put a prettier one in your mind.  My disappearance has been partly due to work on the craft room.  It is coming along nicely and will be usable, though not finished, very soon (as in maybe by this weekend)!

There is still much to be done, but have a peek at what's been goin' on round here.  I found this tall oak entertainment center at the Salvation Army on half price day.  I know I had a better picture of the before, but I'll be darned if I can find it.  It made a nice work surface while laying on it's side though.

I had to remove about 1 1/2 inches from the top so that it would fit under the heat ducts.  First I pried off the trim at the top, then I used a circular saw to trim off the excess.  Sorry, no pictures of me sawing it off.  Holding a camera while using a circular saw is not smart.  

After we set it up, quite a feat in itself, I primed it with Kilz.  I thought I might have to use Zinsser primer to cover up that oak, but the Kilz worked.  Then I gave it 2 coats of white paint.

I was going to paint the inside, but changed my mind.  There was too much fussy stuff to paint around in there, and it will be closed most of the time anyway.  Yes, I got lazy.  My painting hand is turning into a claw from overuse!

I knew that part of the doors would be chalk paint, and I love how they turned out, but I didn't want to do all the doors in chalk.

So I thought, and I thought.  I do a lot of thoughting.  I finally hit on an idea. I turned to my Silhouette Cameo and printed out a stencil on contact paper.  It was a bit fussy to work with, but I soon had a rhythm going.

After it dried, I lightly sanded it, which dragged some of the black onto the white.  It was one of those heart stopping moments, when you think you just ruined a project, but then you realize it couldn't have been more perfect!

It still need to add knobs, and I'm thinking of stenciling the top four panels too.  I just think it looks a little top heavy.  I would still leave the squares plain.  Any thoughts?

I have more to show you, but that's for another post.  I promise it won't be two months this time :(


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