Transformation of an old kitchen sideboard: “Trash to Treasure” with Dixiebelle & WoodUbend 🖤

There are projects that turn out to be a bottomless pit once you get started. This kitchen sideboard was just such a project. During the entire project, something new opened up again and again, which needed to be repaired or did not want to be repaired as I 😹 did

According to the condition, the good piece must either never have been cleaned or been at home in a mighty busy kitchen. To make matters worse, it also seems to have fallen victim to water damage at some point.

Nevertheless, the ugly duckling became a beautiful swan with help from Dixiebelle, WoodUbend, Posh Chalk and a lot of work.

The full description can be found below the video and a list of the products used at the end of this article.

As always, I thoroughly cleaned the good piece with White Lightning from Dixiebelle to get rid of the layers of fat deposited on it.

The paintwork was original and cracked over the years, the veneer came loose in many places and was thrown up. I gave up trying to get the paint down relatively quickly. Neither my Festool Rotex sander, nor paint stripper or carbon scraper could harm the paint. That’s why I finally decided to just work with what was available and was on the agenda to give the existing texture even more texture.

After cleaning, I first devoted myself to the directly visible repair work, such as the broken strips.

Now it’s time to create. For the doors this time I chose a really big ornament from WoodUbend, the WUB1264.

The thicker the WoodUbend, the longer it takes to warm up and become flexible, as in this case. This time I first applied them and then deleted them so that they merge with the project.

After heating the WoodUbend with a hot air dryer, I paint the back evenly and opaquely with a wood glue. I prefer to use the Quick and Thick from Titebond, because it has a good initial adhesion and the ornament does not slip off immediately even on a vertical surface. This ornament, which is heavier in size, is a good example of this.

Now comes the first layer of texture. To do this, I take the Midnight Sky, an “almost black” from the Chalk Mineral Paint series by Dixiebelle, and mix it with the texture additive Sea Spray from Dixie Belle. Seaspray can be added to any color without changing it.

A little tip: Use cups and brushes that can be disposed of if necessary. Do not flush down leftovers in the sink. If it hardens, it may well clog the pipes!

I apply the mixture flat to the cabinet and then use the brush to add extra texture irregularly. Mainly around the corners and edges, where natural aging can be expected.

For the keyhole, I also opted for a WoodUbend., the WUB993. It is designed in size so that a key fits through well.

While the bottom is drying, I can devote myself to the top. For this I have chosen a decoupage from Belles & Whistles, the Artdeco Birds, for the pages.

As decoupage glue I use the top coat satin from Dixie Belle. This is my preferred medium for applying decoupage. You can then also use it for sealing at the same time. Two birds with one stone. Especially at the edges, I look again to see if they have enough adhesion.

Now comes a second layer of texture over the Midnight Sky. For this I chose fluff and also added some of the seaspray again. Originally, I had in mind to bring out these layers again with spatula and sandpaper. But then I changed my mind.

After it dried, I grind down the coarsest elevations.

The body now gets its final color. For this I use the colors Onyx, Prairie Dawn and Blue Moon from Dixiebelle from the Terra Clay Artisan Paint series. From the three colors I mix a shade of gray with a slight blue tint. So I have a midtone between the Onyx and Prairie Dawn at the same time.

That’s how easy it is to mix a medium tone if you want to make a gradient between shades that are far apart.

For painting, I use the La Petit from Dixiebelle. I start from the bottom with the onyx and then move on to the mixed shade of grey and work in a little bit of the prairie dawn from above.

The Terra Clay Artisan Paints are very easy to blend together. The gradient I’m trying to achieve here is supposed to be a bit cloudy. That’s why I mainly work in circular motions.

For the aged details, I mix the pistachio with marigold to get an olive green. This is then applied especially at the corners and around the ornament. In my spray bottle I mixed vinegar with water this time. In this way, I not only achieve that the paint runs a little, but that it coagulates at the same time.

I first painted the upper interior and the tiles in the middle part 2x with Dixiebelle Slick Stick – an adhesive primer.

As a little splash of color, he got 2 coats of Barn Red from the Chalk Mineral Paint line from Dixiebelle.

The ornament 1269 is still attached to the original tiles as an eye-catcher.

Further repairs had to be made again and again on all corners. The veneer came loose, especially on the lower interior doors.

With the help of a painting spatula, I pushed wood glue under the veneer and then fixed it to save it.

Since I noticed during cleaning that the veneer of the interior doors was bleeding, I painted a door with B.O.S.S. – a locking ground – in white, and directly above it from Posh Chalk attached the decoupage paper Chat Noir. This time I use the Infusor from Posh Chalk as a decoupage medium and for application I use the large Blending Brush from Posh Chalk. Since I demonstrated this part live on the WoodUbend site, I naturally used their products. The infusor can also be used as a decoupage medium and for sealing.

For large-format papers, I work my way forward in sections and brush out air bubbles from the center to the outside. When it has dried, the edges are still leveled. To do this, I take a sanding block and pull it over the edge at an acute angle away from the decoupage paper.

Indoors, I work with the No Pain Gel Stain in American Honey to save it as much as possible. The transformation is terrific.

No Pain Gel Stain is oil-based and should only be processed in a well-ventilated room or outside. I wear gloves and use the Applicator Pad from Dixiebelle to apply it.

The second door was painted with Barn Red, as well as in the upper interior area and finished with the stencil Chandelier from Posh Chalk to loosen it up.

I sealed this side with Best Dang Wax in Transparent, to which I added a little bit of Barn Red to intensify the color. For the final polishing, I also use the Applicator Pad.

The good piece has been put on a new record. I had them cut to size at the hardware store. To cover the edge, I use the Trim TR726 from WoodUbend. I work in sections and keep the trim in the snail as long as possible. This makes it easier to control and heat. When I work with the trims, I usually apply the wood glue to the project and not to the WoodÜbend. The trim is about 2.15m long and does not quite reach around the plate. That’s why I’ve continuously adjusted the pattern accordingly.

The surface now gets a driftwood look. Here I take the No Pain Gel Stain again. As a base, use the color Weathered Gray and then work in with Pickling White and Golden Ash stripes, which I blend with the Applicator Pad.

Both the worktop and the shelves in the lower interior area I have with Gator Hide. Sealed to the hardest top coat from Dixiebelle. I let the No Pain Gel Stain dry for 5-6 days.

In the trim I emphasized both the lowlights and the elevations with Gildingwax in black and bronze.

I bent the latch back into shape and brought down the patina with the Superfine sanding sponge from Surf Prep.

For the crooked drawers, I take the Big Mamas Butta from Dixie Belle and work it vigorously into the surface, especially the treads, with the Finishing Pad – a very fine sanding pad. This also makes the drawers smooth and gliding again.

I sealed the body with the Terra Seal to preserve the matt character of the paint.

This brings us to the end of this complex project. Then I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for watching the video. I hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful.

If you have any questions in any way, feel free to contact me or just write in the comments below

For today I say thank you for reading and goodbye until the next blog post 🫶

Your Master of Disaster

Products used for this mega project (for reference):

Not all of my favorite products I carry myself in the shop. Nevertheless, I don’t want to withhold them from you and I’m happy about every cent in my coffee box so that I can continue to compile informative articles for you.

The links marked with an asterisk (*) are so-called affiliate links. If you click on such an affiliate link and buy via this link, I get a commission from the online shop or provider in question. But your price does not change!

Furniture triangular castors*

Furniture rolling board*

Baby wipes*

Festool ROTEX RO 90 DX FEQ-Plus geared random orbital sander

Festool 497481 Interface Pad IP-STF-D90/6

Festool CTL SYS Mobile Dust Extractor – 575279

Cordless circular saw Bosch*

Cordless stapler*

Makita cordless pin stapler*

Colour stirrer*

Hot air gun Steinel HL 1920 E*

Table grill/warming plate*


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