The cabinet, which was an estate sale find, isn't finished yet but here's what the door looks like right now. I used 1 coat of ColorPlace Interior White (the cheapo Wal-mart brand) and 1 coat of my free Sherwin Williams Samovar Silver sample pint. I still plan to add 1 or 2 more coats of other shades of grey (since I have 7 different samples that I got for free from a woman who lives nearby!).
I followed Kelli's dry brush technique from her cute and creative Restore Interiors blog. It was so helpful but I don't think my cabinet will look as nice as her trestle table! My cabinet is just too boxy. On the upside it's functional and would go great in a bathroom, guest room, or craft room. Especially if the dry brushing works out. I'm still not sure how I like it at this point, if all else fails I'll paint the whole thing just white or grey. Boring, but still an improvement from where I started!
Oh yeah, I should briefly mention the dry brush technique. I dabbed the tip of my brush in paint, wiped most of it off using a rag, and lightly brushed the wood all over. Then using Kelli's advice, I didn't wash the brush before I started the next paint color. Super easy. I can see why so many people use this technique! It's very forgiving :).
And here's my little knob redo! A tiny project for you all. The cabinet came with a ugly broken knob.
The top of the knob was made of clear plastic before (not sure what shape), but all that was left was the back portion. So I used one of my leftover pieces of burlap from my Mission Style Burlap Chair and wrapped it around the knob with hot glue.
It was a little bulky around the edges, so I smoothed it down by trimming the burlap with fabric scissors. See? Just because something is broken doesn't mean you need to throw it away! The knob is so cute now! It still has another life to live, but I don't think it will be back with the cabinet. The styles don't go together. I'm on the hunt for a replacement for the cabinet. Any suggestions?