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Beach Cottage Chic Cabinet

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
Soft colors and a decorative bird make this cabinet a showstopper thanks to stencils and FolkArt Milk Paint.
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Painting Stencils - Large - Bird
Item #30601
These intricate, laser-cut designs are perfect for backgrounds, borders, focal points and so much more! Durable and reusable, these stencils even come with project ideas, how-tos and a supply list.

$5.99

Folkart ® Paint Tools - Stencil Tape
Item #34002
Holds stencil securely in place; will not damage background paint or stencil's delicate features.

$2.59

Stencil Decor ® Brushes - Stencil Brush, 5/8"
Item #34058
A Stencil Decor ® tradition, high quality, white China bristle brushes feature solid wood handles and seamless aluminum ferrules for maximum paint hold and professional results every time.

$3.79

FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Milky White, 6.8 oz.
Item #38904
Clean and creamy, Milky White is a bright, snowy shade of white. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Cottage Green, 6.8 oz.
Item #38912
Mossy and light, Cottage Green is a soft, pastel shade of green. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Winter Harbour, 6.8 oz.
Item #38915
A pale, blue-green shade, Winter Harbor resembles a brisk winter sky. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paint Finishing Oil, 3.7 oz.
Item #38938
Used over FolkArt Milk paint, this finishing oil offers exceptional protection from the inside out. Non-toxic and solvent-free, the oil is absorbed into porous surfaces and provides a durable finish. It penetrates the surface to form a final coat of protection without leaving a film that will chip or scratch. Great for raw, stained, or Milk-painted wood, this finishing oil is mineral based and cleans up easily with soap and water.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paint Brush, 2"
Item #38999
This 2” brush is specially designed for use with Folk Art Milk Paint and makes application a breeze. With its large brush area and easy-to-grip handle, this flag-tipped, rounded-bristle brush helps ensure a smooth, streak free finish. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor projects, this high grade brush is reusable and cleans up easily with soap and water. These brushes continue the quality and ingenuity of the Folk Art Milk Paint line.

$12.99

Other Supplies
Unfinished wood bookcase with cabinet doors
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam bowls and plates for palettes
Pencil
Lint-free cotton cloth
Craft knife
Medium or fine grit sandpaper
Hammer
Decorative knobs

Instructions

  1. Begin by sanding the unfinished wood bookcase and door panels to smooth any rough areas as well as open the wood pores.
  2. Into a foam bowl, pour Winter Harbor FolkArt Milk Paint, load the 2" FolkArt Milk Paint paintbrush by dipping the bristles into the paint. Brush along the side of the foam bowl to remove excess paint.
  3. Paint the inside back panel of the bookcase Winter Harbor. Allow to dry. Sand smooth when dry and reapply a second coat. Let dry.
  4. Continue painting the remaining parts of the bookcase Cottage Green FolkArt Milk Paint using the same techniques. Allow to dry after applying the second coat.
  5. Lightly pencil mark the position of each shelf placement on the back panel.
  6. Using basic dry brush stenciling techniques, stencil the bird and branch (facing left) just above the top shelf using Milky White FolkArt Milk Paint. If desired, stencil additional leaf elements to "fill out" the design. Immediately clean and dry the stencil.
  7. Reverse the bird stencil, (now facing right). Stencil the bird above the second shelf as shown and if desired, stencil additional leaves to complete the design. Clean stencil and allow to dry.
  8. Add a stenciled bird accent (without the branch), on the face of the right front door in the corner.
  9. Finishing – Working one section at a time, brush a coat of FolkArt Milk Paint Finishing Oil onto the entire bookcase and shelves. Allow the oil to penetrate into the dried Milk Paint and into the original unfinished wood to seal and protect from the inside out. Immediately, after applying Finishing Oil, wet sand all surfaces with fine grit sandpaper to create a velvety smooth finish. Wipe to remove sanding dust and allow to cure before using.
  • TIP: To properly load a stencil brush, dip the bristles into a small puddle of FolkArt Milk Paint. Offload the excess paint by working the paint loaded brush into a paper towel. It is always best to stencil using a "dry brush technique" as this will prevent excess paint running under the stencil creating an unwanted ridge of color or a paint smudge.
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