Photography by Amanda Reelick.
Upgrade a plain cabinet with a dash of yesteryear charm.
Whether your preferred tipple is a kombucha cocktail or classic martini there’s something so appealing about mixing it using a retro-style drinks cabinet.
As well as providing a handy place to stash glassware and other breakables, display cabinets add an eye-catching feature to a living room or dining space.
With fresh coats of Resene paint and the simple addition of painted metallic panels you can turn a plain old cabinet into something truly fabulous.
You will need
· medium-grade sandpaper
· gloves and cloths
· medium paint brush
· Resene Testpot Roller Kit window scraper
· tape measure and scissors
· wallpaper glue
· 1 litre Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel in Resene White Pointer
· Resene Anaglypta 2020 Wallpaper
· selected base and topcoats from the Resene Metallics and special effects chart.
Prepare the cabinet by giving all paintable surfaces a light sand and wipe clean. If you need to give the surface a more vigorous clean use Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner.
Paint all surfaces, except the back panels, with an even coat of Resene Lustacryl in a colour of your choice. I used Resene White Pointer.
One option is to use a small roller, such as the Resene Testpot Roller Kit, on the top and main outer panels for an extra smooth finish.
Allow to fully dry, before using a window scraper blade to carefully remove any excess paint from the glass. Or use painter masking tape to protect the glass before you start painting.
Cut panels to fit the back of the cabinet using a tape measure, scissors and Resene’s textured paintable anaglypta wallpaper. I chose pattern RD0671.
A basecoat is recommended for all Resene Metallics and special effects colours.
The basecoat Resene Chicago and topcoat of Resene Pure Pewter creates a lovely mellow silver look.
For extra depth and a mixed silver and gold effect, I added a little paint from testpots of Resene Rose Gold and Resene Proton.
Use a dry brush to dab small amounts of paint onto either the raised or lower surfaces of the paper.
Blend it in a little with a dry brush or cloth.
Allow to dry before gluing the panels to the back wall of the cabinet.
Fill the cabinet with your best glassware vintage collectables.