Updating a Pie Safe

by Gina
6 Materials
I just couldn't pass up this piece the inside had the neatest shelving I had ever seen and was a unique narrow cabinet. Every time I looked at this in my Work Shop it just called to me to open it up and look in.
Lightly sanded entire piece
Started painting outside not sure how i was going to cut openings for chicken wire
lightly sanded after each coat doing 3 coats to get the desired color
Cut the holes for chicken wire and lightly sanded opening then painted the cut with white to match the door
Cut the chicken wire and stapled to door turning in cut wires so they don't stick out. Then Proceeded with painting and white waxing the inside.

started painted
I painted the legs prior to putting on and antiqued them. Be sure to use the metal square brackets that the legs screw into with some gorilla glue for added strength.
Make sure you don't paint past where the doors shut. Try not to wipe off to much paint and don't be too picky when you're painting. I have a tendency to get too uptight and I have undone some of my best work. That's why I say stop often and don't paint when you're tired. I just wish I could take some of my own advice.
I love the way the Blue makes the wire show up and the wood grain show through the milk paint. P.s. I do think it needs a small metal door knob pull but I haven't found one yet that is petite enough.
Suggested materials:
  • Miss Mustard Seeds Milk paint linen and Flow Blue   (Amazon)
  • Wooden Legs   (Lowes)
  • Leg mounting brackets (metal)   (Lowes)
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  • K K on Feb 05, 2017
    What kind of saw did you use, would a jig saw work to make the opening? Thanks! Your cabinet turned out perfect.
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  • Teresa Seeger-Gesser Teresa Seeger-Gesser on Feb 12, 2017
    Outstanding! Your attention to detail & color is fantastic❣
  • Elizabeth Fencl Elizabeth Fencl on Feb 12, 2017
    I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!! The chicken wire was a great idea...everything you did is wonderful! You can't go wrong with chicken wire and milk paint...Outstanding! Makes me want to go hunting for a pie safe!