I took a palm sander to the green cabinet drawers (second to last pic on the link) – here’s how they looked before:
I’ve always liked the shabby chic quality of the paint, and the color, but the sticker damage isn’t doing it for me now that this cabinet is part of the nursery furniture. Hence the sander. After going at it with 60-grit paper I currently have this finish on the two smaller drawers:
And I LOVE it. It’s rough and choppy and waaaay beyond shabby chic, but something about this says “I’ve been on a ship in the seas for a long time, got a problem with that?” I sure don’t.
But it’s not what I thought I was going to do. Here’s the paper I bought last week:
I was planning to use the white feather print (far left and detail at top) on the top and drawers, aged with a wash of walnut or umber, then overlaying the map on the top of the cabinet…and maybe adding a couple of fussy-cut fish swimming in on the sides of the cabinet for whimsy and bold color.
Now that I like this super rough-finished look, I may have to remove and sand the doors at the bottom, so the entire front has this finish, then do the paper treatment on the top followed by a good roughing-up to match the front. After all of that’s done I’ll have to decide if I need to rough up the sides of the cabinet, too, or if they look okay more finished. Choices, choices. At this point I’m going to ask Matt to drag the cabinet down to the garage for me after all – I was creating a pretty big mess of dust on the drawers, and the top needs to be sanded down again no matter what I do, so I really shouldn’t be sanding in the Nursdio anymore!
Oh, and these are the knobs I found on sale at Anthropologie (and have to go back to pick up two more because pregnancy-brain got the number wrong…); I’m still deciding if I’ll replace the handles on the middle drawer or keep the ones that were there…I think I’ll wait and see what they look like once the rest is done.
So what do you think? I know this is a big conceptual idea right now, but any recommendations?