Winter tree cabinet---where whimsy meets wood

Jill B
by Jill B
15 Hours

I got this cabinet from our church...such great bones. But a heavily varnished glossy ugly finish. The before picture makes it look gorgeous, but not so great in person. It had 30 yr old shelf odor...but tons of potential. So first I used vineagar and hot water to get liner off. Then krud kutter and goo gone to get rid of adhesive. Followed that up with coconut oil. I have wanted to transfer branches and birds on to a piece forever and this one was calling my name. I used a projector to transfer the image. I painted the white with Annie Sloan chalk paint. Have to wax it yet to protect it. So far I am pretty pleased with the result. :)


Before I distressed at all.

Before...sorry to those who don't like to see wood painted!!! :)

30 year old shelf liner or contact paper.....a beast to remove!!!

Pesky adhesive....nothing a few hours and Krud Cutter followed up with goo gone and elbow grease cannot handle.

Before coconut oil....lost a bit of stain in the scrubbing process...

After coconut oil...I am amazed by how they came back to life!!!!

Just starting to transfer the image using a projector....Nothing tedious here!

1st coat of white....I had to walk away awhile and actually posted a pic on hometalk to find out if I was crazy to keep on with with the mind-numbing process.!!!! I got an overwhelming response to keep on! It was what I needed. :)

Details....the paint crackled a bit....wasn't what I tried to do, but I like the look. think it was due to the heavily varnished finish.

Heavily distressed.....might distress a bit more yet...LOVE me some antiquing.

Here it is heavily distressed.

details and distressing

inside...I like the contrast of the stark white doors with the wood shelves. If I hadn't put sooooo much time into it already I would consider redoing the plywood back.

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  • Colleen Colleen on Mar 01, 2016
    Did you create the projected image freehand or is it something you could share the source of? I have been looking for an image just like that without success. Thinking I'll have to freehand it. I love what you did!

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