We have a very old Storage sliding door storage cabinet in our kitchen for storing odd sized utensils that does not fit in our regular cabinet. It looked so boring and so I decided to give it a makeover .So, If you also have a old cabinet craving for some makeover ,come join me to learn how to spray paint and make it completely modern and new.
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Step 1: Materials Required
Any item you would like to do a makeover, In my case it is a Storage cabinet.(Check whether the item you wish to makeover can be spray painted !! Test a small area before trying )
Spray paint colour of your choice .
(I used 2 cans of Krylon Colormaster Enamel paint - Gloss Blue ocean Breeze
2 cans of Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer - White
1 can of Krylon Colormaster - Metallic Gold
1 can of Krylon Fusion for plastic - Gloss black)
Gloves and face mask for safety
400 grit wet or dry Sandpaper
Waxpaper for stenciling (Optional)
Drop cloth & Newspaper
Xacto knife (Optional)
Marker for tracing the stencil (Optional)
Wood grain Contact paper (Optional)
Step 2: Sanding
Cover the entire area with drop cloth. Wipe the cabinet with the damp cloth to remove any dirt, rust or dust and allow it to dry. Tape off the handle and top wooden part with painter's tape. Wear your gloves and mask.Wet sand the whole cabinet with sandpaper.
Step 3: Priming
Spray light coats (Don't spray in the same area for long time, do it in side to side motion or you will end up in dripping --> I experienced!!)of primer until your cabinet is fully covered and allow it to dry.You may require 2 to 3 coating to cover it completely and be sure to allow it to dry completely in between the coats or you may end up spoiling the surface.You can actually skip this step if your paint already has primer in it. I personally felt priming the surface is good to prevent the surface from rust ,it helps the paint adhere well to the surface and also gives a pop of main color you are going to use.If you are going to try spray paint any item for first time like me, do it at the back of the item first so you may learn the don'ts .Because , if you end up in dripping you can't mask it when spray painting the main colour. The dripping will still be visible.So, I advise you to practice at the back first before painting the front or practice painting some scrap pieces before actually doing big projects like this.
Step 4: Painting the Main Color
Once the primer is completely dry, start the main color in the same way as the primer and completely cover the cabinet. Allow it to dry.Add one or more coat of spray paint according to your desire. (I forgot to take photo and started the next step and suddenly remembered to take photo.So dont't confuse with the tape in the middle)
Step 5: Make Stencils
I wish to add some design elements to the cabinet to make it more interesting. I thought it will be great to add some designs of kitchen utensils in the cabinet as I am using it as a extra storage in my kitchen .I searched for right template online but I couldn't get it So, I decided to make my own..If you are like me ,then go ahead.
Use waxpaper and strips of painter's tape to make your own stencils. For this,download and print the vector images of the items you want to paint.Trace it with marker on waxpaper. Cover one side of the waxpaper with strips of painter's tape overlapping each other. Use Xacto knife to cut the stencil.Remove the waxpaper and your own customized stencil is ready.!!
Step 6: Spray Gold Paint for Stripes.
I decided to go with gold color for stripes and black for utensils.So,paint the areas of gold first.For this, cover the areas of utensils design with newspaper and tape to paint black later. As you normally do , spray light coats of gold spray paint and allow it dry. Apply 2 to 3 coats to cover the entire area and allow it to dry.
Step 7: Spray Paint the Utensils Design in Black.
Cover the entire cabinet with newspaper leaving the areas to painted black and paint the stencils with main color teal first.Allow it to dry and then spray light coats of black for the utensils design.This is done to avoid the paint seeping through the edges of stencils and to get a clean and crispy edges. .Now comes the interesting part.Remove all the tape and newspaper covered to admire your beautiful work. If you see any areas where the paint has seeped into the tape, give a little bit of touch up with multi surface paint and paint brush.And you are done!!! How cool is this modern and new looking cabinet??
Step 8: How to Fix Small Defects ?
On the sides of top wood part , a little piece of wood laminate was missing (picture and so we decided to cover the whole thing with the wood grain contact paper. Now it is totally new. The contact paper seriously made a great change to the look of the cabinet.What do you think? Have you covered any items at your home with contact paper to give whole new look ?? If not, you should try it .
Step 9: Want a Know How I Made Those Plates??
Take a plain white plastic plates(You can spray paint it white ,if you only have it other colors) and download some fruits or vegetables pictures.Print them in the normal copy paper.Cut them along the outline and use mod podge to glue it on to the plates.Also add a additional coat of mod podge on the top of the picture to seal it. Hang it in your kitchen and admire your beautiful work :)