Wiley Scrap Wood Project with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan
I found this glass paned cabinet door at our local Habitat for Humanity. My husband was concerned as to why I need a discarded cabinet door…with no cabinet, but I saw it and sketched out a quick design in my head. I knew what I wanted to create and who I wanted to help!
I met Ronnie Wiley about a year ago. I was really impressed with all of his talents. He owns Wiley Log homes (http://wileyloghomes.com/) and creates beautiful, handcrafted, log homes. When I walked into their home, perched on top of one of the Blue Ridge mountains, it was like walking into another world. Amazing views and stunning details around every corner.
You rarely see a new handcrafted home in our modern world. I appreciated every detail from his hand peeled railings to his custom designed front door.
I was beyond excited when he agreed to work with me on this little project. I often come up with ideas, but really struggle explaining the details to other people. I often work alone and can just figure it out as I go. Somehow, he understood what I was thinking and just grabbed some scraps, cut it up and voilà it was complete in just a couple of hours.
Here is what we did.
1) I drew a sketch around the style of the door.
2) Ronnie chose the wood pieces from his scrap wood pile.
3) He created our box (the basic shape of our project) using some wood glue and nails.
4) For the back piece, he created an angled back using several pieces of wood. This adds an interesting design that can be viewed through the pane and eliminates waste.
5) We cut smaller pieces to add the trim to frame the door.
6) He created our top with some tongue and groove wood that he had left over from a previous project. This wood was fresh, clean and slides together within the grooves. It is locked in very tightly and has a nice finished look.
7) Ronnie used the lid of his garbage can to create the rounded edges (So glad to see he uses resourceful tools like me! I have made many a project using cereal bowls, paint cans, etc. as my template.)
8) We finished by adding the door. It still had the hinges on it, so we used them.
I took it home to finish it off with these supplies.
-“Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan” in “Florence” with a wash using the “Antique White.”
-Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax.
-Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths in Dark Mahogany
1) I sanded the piece down. (I sanded the tabletop very smoothly to be ready for a stain and lacquered finish. ) The scrap wood I sanded enough to be safe and smooth enough to paint and look nice. This was discarded pine wood…lots of knots and bumps. I like those and wanted to leave the “character.”
2) I painted the base with “Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan” in “Florence” with a wash using the “Antique White” and finished with the the Clear Soft Wax. I painted the entire cabinet in Florence then after it dried, I used a mix of water and the “Antique” white to it a barely “whitewashed” look. Check out this link to find a local retailer and learn more about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/products/chalk-paint
3) I waxed the entire cabinet door and used a light wax on the rough pine. (You must seal the Chalk Paint with the Clear Soft Wax. You rub it on with a soft cloth, then buff the wax with another soft cloth.)
4) I stained the top with Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths in Dark Mahogany . I used 2 heavy coats of stain. After that dried, I used two coats of the Minwax Polycrylic.
5) I finally added a decorative knob to finish the look.
I have this little creation in my foyer. I like opening the door to this cheerful and unique piece.
I added some colorful accessories and a practical basket to store my dogs leash and treats.
What do you think of this design? We brought in to the show today and shared it with our TV audience. Here is the link