When we picked up this old cabinet, we weren’t sure exactly what we were going to do with it. I don’t dislike Mid Century Modern style furniture, it’s just not a style I’m typically drawn to. After it sat in my garage for a few weeks, we came up with an idea to do something cool that would fit in a young boy’s bedroom or playroom.
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This is what the cabinet looked like when we brought it home.
The surface was really rough and uneven so before we started painting we went over it with our sander. We have three power sanders but this Ryobi Corner Cat Sander* is my absolute favorite. I wish they were paying me to say that but they’re not. I just really love it.
The entire piece got a couple coats of Annie Sloan’s Napoleonic Blue, then a coat of dark wax before painting the graphic. Vicki created the baseball subway art using Picmonkey.
We painted the graphic on using this method. We used Annie Sloan’s Old White for the graphic, and also painted the inside on the cabinet and the drawer in Old White. Annie Sloan’s clear wax was used to seal it.
We made the knobs ourselves. The baseballs were actually pins we found at Hobby Lobby. We removed the pin from the back of them, then attached them to knobs that had a flat surface (we found them at Lowe’s). We used E6000 to attach the baseballs to the knobs, then used a little dark wax to distress them a bit. After we added the dark wax to the baseballs I was afraid they just looked dirty rather than distressed, but hopefully it looks intentional.
The inside of the drawer got decoupaged with baseball scrapbook paper and mod podge.
It’s small enough that it could be used as a nightstand or just to store books and toys. It’s currently available in our booth, and I hope the perfect, baseball-loving little boy gets to enjoy it for many years.
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