The Unartistic Designer on A Budget

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Once I finished resurfacing my dining room table and file cabinet, I turned my attention to my china.
Enter  Ikea.  Love used Ikea pieces!!
For $25 I purchased a cabinet with 3 shelves and 2 doors.   I removed the doors & shelves, then sanded the whole piece.  I love my Skil Octo Sander for projects like this.  It has  attachments that get into any space possible!
Two coats of Behr’s Sarsaparilla and I was ready to seal with General Finish in Satin.  One coat was plenty.   
Then came the fun part:  how to make it pop?
I searched ebay and found vintage door handles.
From Home Depot I picked up 8 appliques.  All were painted in the same gold used to accent my table and file cabinet.  This paint is great  because it dries quickly.
I used Gorilla Glue for Wood to attach the appliques, placing them one at a time and clamping for 20 minutes.  I was worried when I applied way too much glue to the first piece, but it dries clear, and I can’t even see it!  Lastly, I screwed in the handles.
And with that, my dining room is complete!
Suggested materials:
  • Gorilla glue
  • Metallic paint
  • Appliques
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