Shona’s Written Submission
This Cabinet was a mammoth task, but the final result was immensely rewarding.
First the whole cabinet was taken apart and dismantled. Every millimetre cleaned and then sanded back to bare wood, carefully keeping all the veneer intact.
The cabinet was then reassembled to ensure the design wrapped around perfectly.
The MBM stencil was used to mark out where the lines should go. Due to the shape and curves of the cabinet and the material of the stencil, it would have been impossible to get the lines neat and straight using the stencil alone.
Each gold line was then taped out individually and then painted using the Wrights of Lymm bronzing powders mixed with General Finishes Varnish. These individual lines were then taped off to add the colour in the spaces.
The Renfrew Blue from FusionMineral Paint required 4 coats, Vintage with Grace- 2 coats and Cornish Milk Paint- 3 coats. Doing it this way ensured all the lines were crisp and clean.
Around 60 hours of taping and 12 rolls of frog tape later, the design was finished. Thankfully due to some measuring and some major brain power, the design matched up on both sides and met perfectly in the middle.
The cabinet was then given 2 layers of osmo polyx oil to bring out the wood grain and to protect the design.
New mirrors, a new light and the new metal gold leaf back were all added to give it the finishing touches that really brings it all together.