I saw this cute little display case up for sale, and even with a missing back, I thought it was adorable. I loaded up the babies and took off to purchase it. Ideas churning as I drove....probably glass back previously that somebody broke...hmm, a wooden back would be more practical and offer a better background for future display items...or maybe something completely different?
Display Case on Display
Here is the picture I saw on Facebook marketplace. Such a cute little piece, right?!
Step one, take it apart! With the back missing, it was a bit wobbly. I knew I would need to take it apart to fix it back up. Remember to keep all your hardware together. Here you can see I used an old baby food jar to hold it all.
Sanding, sanding, and sanding. I ALWAYS do solid prep work on projects. Since I planned to only paint this piece, a hand sanding to get old finish off and roughened up for paint to adhere was all I needed to do. Always make sure you clean off all pieces with a damp rag to remove any dust after sanding!!
Originally I had planned a nice “vanilla” colored paint job (because whites sell faster), but a friend gave me this paint for my birthday...and well?! You know I just can’t resist color. 😂🤷♀️ Two coats of paint with a light sanding (320 or 400 grit) in between coats. When using Dixie Belle paint, a wet (damp not dripping wet) paint brush is best. A fine mist spray bottle to dampen paint between coats is very helpful as well.
Painting all those pieces!
After I was done painting...it just needed something. So, I applied a coat of clear coat (I used Dixie Belle Satin), let it dry, and broke out some glaze.
I brushed on the glaze and wiped it back to desired finish with a rag. You have to work in small areas so glaze doesn’t get dry before you wipe it back.
Different is good, right? I ordered this Coavas non adhesive window film from Amazon. Measured, cut and applied to inside of the glass following the enclosed directions. Easy peasy.
I used my new cameo silhouette to cut some vinyl, which I applied to the glass doors. First time doing this, and just wait to see...
Reassembly was required.
I opted to just put a plain back in and paint/glaze to match since this cabinet is no longer a display cabinet....
Instead it is an adorable bathroom storage cabinet! Love the end result, what do you think?