At first I wasn't certain what color to paint this gem. It has all four of the original casters, the wood handles on the drawers are still intact and it has the most amazing patina that I've seen on a varnished piece in quite awhile. Sadly, the veneer is missing on the bottom of one side, the top had some paint rings on it and I really needed a piece that would help to blend my formal mahogany dining table and chairs with the barn siding shelving that I'm hoping to build. I'm trying to give the room a more casual feel that I like to call "farm girl french".
I looked it the piece this afternoon and, while I was pleased with how it turned out, it didn't feel "finished" to me. Then I remembered several conversations that I've had with my friend, Ann, about enamel tags that she found on Pinterest. I read the tutorial when she pinned it and knew that I already had all of the supplies for the project except for the tag blanks. I called my local hardware store, found out that they had them and went there this afternoon after work.
- Key tag blanks. (I got mine from Ace Hardware, they are steel with a brass finish and are about 1 and 1/2" across)
- Paint and primer (white..but I'm considering doing some blue or dark green ones with white numbers)
- StazOn Stamp Ink (and number stamps)
- Embossing Enamel (clear)
Prime and paint the tags and stamp the numbers using StazOn. (Ignore the white screws. I thought that I was being brilliant by making matching screws to attach them to the cabinet. I ended up using simple upholstery tacks instead.)
Line a skillet (frying pan) with Foil. (The Pinterest tutorial said to use an electric skillet but I don't own one). Place the tag on the foil and sprinkle with the embossing powder. Turn the heat to medium and watch as the embossing powder turns to liquid. When the embossing powder is completely smooth and transparent, gently remove the foil (with the tag on it) from the pan and place it on a rack to cool. When the tag is partly cool, but before it is completely cool, gently peel the foil from the tag. and return the tag to the rack until it is completely cool. I also used a nail to remove the powder which had filled the hole while the tag was still warm.
Now I think that the cabinet feels complete. Wouldn't you agree?
I'm officially checking that project off of the list and moving on to the next one. Five days until my deadline, I'd better get going. Have a glorious week!
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