May 132016
 

My regular readers know that I’m a seasoned 3D artist, though usually the content is scenery, landscapes and fantasy scenes.  It suddenly occurred to me that I could use these programmes to visualise future projects.

While I was out today, I found some lovely wallpapers that I can incorporate into my revamps.  One idea is to paint our TV cabinet.  We bought it from Ikea around 10 years ago, and although there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a plain wooden cupboard.  I thought the panels on the doors could be jazzed up with something interesting and I found just the thing – Wine Bottles wallpaper 🙂

So, first off, I had to make a replica of our cabinet, albeit rather a crude one.  For this, I used Hexagon 3D which I’ve had for years.  The finished model was then imported into Vue and I textured it from within that programme, first representing the way it looks at present, then how it would look painted duck egg, with a little distressing, and with those door panels.

I found another wallpaper that’s Wine Boxes which is near identical to some actual crates that are awaiting “the treatment”.  This paper would look good on the inside of the doors.

wine box wallpaper

So….here’s the result.  I think the cabinet will look pretty good when I get around to doing it 🙂

tv cabinet

As it looks now – plain and rather boring

tv cabinet

How it should look when I’ve worked my magic

 

tv cabinet

The inside

 

May 132016
 

I bought this a while back as I liked the look of it.  The only downside was that the wood was badly finished and rough as a bear’s bum and it had been stained dark green.  I like green, but in this instance, it wasn’t a good thing.

  • Sand all rough areas smooth, rounding off corners and edges
  • Paint all exterior surfaces grey/green mix
  • Paint interior surfaces duck egg blue
  • Sand back in areas to give varying degrees of distress – some parts showing the dark green stain and even down to the bare wood in places.
  • Finish with a coat of varnish

Materials used

  • Annie Sloan chalk paints in Paris Grey and Chateau Grey: 4 parts Paris to 1 part Chateau (this was the leftover paint from my Laura Ashley table project).
  • Polyvine clear flat “wax finish” varnish
  • Sandpaper
  • Brushes

I have no “before” photos, but here is a shot of one of the drawer compartments that didn’t need painting, but has been sanded and waxed, but left with the original dark green stain.

distressed painted box

Here’s various shots of the finished box

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distressed painted box