Come on, you knew that all those old cabinets and cabinet doors would someday be put to use in my house, didn't you? (Remember my cabinet turned planter box?) Well, my most recent transformation was super easy, and pushed me a little bit out of my norm because I used DecoArt Frost Gloss Enamel paints, which I had never tried before. The result is this adorable cabinet door turned hat rack for my baseball -and baseball hat- obsessed little boy.
We consider ourselves to be very fortunate girls. So blessed in so many ways, but one of the ways we are so lucky is that we get to work with some amazing companies! DecoArt was generous enough to send us all this awesome stuff to try out. It seriously was like Christmas morning opening up that box!
After thinking about what I had laying around the house that I could attack with glass paint, I remembered my stash of cabinet doors leftover from our kitchen remodel. I chose one long, rectangular door that had glass inset in it. I washed the glass with soap and water and then cleaned the side I was going to paint on with rubbing alcohol which allows for better adhesion for the paint.
I taped up the glass and spraypainted it my favorite white spraypaint from Rustoleum.
I chose my color scheme based on the colors in my son's room. I ended up not using the green paint, but I'll go into that more later. DecoArt recommends using a makeup sponge to apply the paint, and luckily I had a bunch of them on hand.
One of the main colors in Charlie's room is gray, so I mixed a little bit of the black frost paint in with the white until I was satisfied with the color.
I taped off stripes so that I would have two gray stripes and one white stripe and then gently dabbed the paint on the glass using the makeup sponge. I did this 3 times total to get the color I was going for, allowing the paint to dry a bit in between each coat.
The paint goes on sort of opaque but dries to a really cool etched glass appearance. The colors are much more subtle and translucent once they dry. It really is such a cool affect that you couldn't get using other paints.
While the paint dried, I had my hubs drill four holes for the hat hooks on the bottom of the the cabinet,
and then I spraypainted these knobs from my kitchen cabinets in a hammered bronze medal spraypaint.
After letting the paint dry overnight, I pulled back the tape to reveal the stripes. WRONG METHOD! DecoArt recommends that you let the paint dry for 4 days, which I totally should have done because my paint pulled up a bit when I pulled the tape off. Do like I say, not like I did. ;) To add a little more detail, I used the stick-on stencils they sent us, which were awesome. You just place them on the surface, smooth out the air bubbles, and then rinse them when you're done. You can use them over and over again! Love that.
Using a small dauber, I applied the paint to the knobs.
Ta-da! The look is so simple and classic looking and I love it! The paint is so subtle but adds a lot of interest to the glass.
Remember I mentioned the green paint before? Well, I was going to stencil Charlie's name on the glass over the stripes, but I'm a simple kind of girl, and the plain stripes really appealed to me. But just for fun, here's what it would kind of look like if I did paint his name, thanks to the wonders of PicMonkey:
I may eventually want to add some color, but for now, I'm enjoying the nice, subtle, neutral tones of this hat rack.
I wish I could really capture how cool the glass looks, but trust me, it's awesome.
There are loads of ideas and how-to videos on the DecoArt website, if you're interested in giving glass paint a go (which you totally should!) You can find DecoArt's glass paint line at Michaels. I'm planning on using all those other paints with my senior ladies in the craft group I lead once a month. Holiday mugs, here we come! :)