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Cabinet Makeover Painted Black with Copper Hand Painting

Vintage wood cabinets like this are great candidates for painting and makeovers. This cabinet make-over post shows how you can take and old, inexpensive cabinet from the thrift store and completely transform it with paint.  I knew a cabinet makeover painted black with copper hand painting on the drawers.
Wood cabinet before painting

It was a yard sale find for $10 and it held all (and when I say all, I mean A LOT) of the upstairs toys. I had found these great knobs from Hobby Lobby that were shaped like a crown with a coppery color and a bit of a black wash. I knew I wanted to do something kind of cool and different. I filled and drilled new knob holes. Then, after painting the cabinet black, I designed a pattern based on one I had seen in an old book, and used copper paint to do the details.
Black painted cabinet with copper painting

The copper paint pops out against the black painting.

BLack painted top with a copper stenciled diamond top


I have to admit though, I cheated on the diamonds, and used a stamp. It was the easiest way to line them up, and have them come out close to perfect every time. I  washed over everything with black paint again, after the copper paint dried, to give it a faded, and aged look.

Copper painted stenciled cabinet on black paint


I wanted to move it behind my hall entry bench so I decoupaged the back with some really cool scrapbook paper with some fake writing on it so it would look good from both sides and I wasn’t stuck with having to put it up against a wall all of the time where the back wouldn’t show. You can see how I use decoupage as a furniture make-over tool here.


I love being able to combine techniques when giving a piece of furniture a new look like this cabinet makeover painted black with copper hand painting. Paint can really transform an old dresser or hutch too!



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