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Completion of the Bridgerton Style Cabinet
Here is an update on our recent project. We started upcycling a Bridgerton-style miniature cabinet using WoodUbend and lots of Posh Chalk Patinas and Stencils.
We’re delighted to share that we have now finished this project. Here’s how we did it and how it turned out!
Bridgerton Style Cabinet – Quick Recap
Having painted our cabinet a luxurious purple, we used a variety of WoodUbend trims and appliques plus Posh Chalk Aqua Patinas and Pigments to take an ordinary-looking cabinet to something that would have a real sense of drama to it. We also applied our Mystery Thorns stencil to the sides for added interest. Our next steps would be significant – how would we complete the transformation to produce something that felt authentically historical and high class?
The first thing we decided to do was add more stenciling for further embellishment. Using a brush and a stippling technique, we re-used our Mystery Thorns stencil to add bright colors to the sides of the cabinet. Posh Chalk stencils are so durable – they can be washed with warm water and then used again as if new!
The Cabinet Sides
The sides of our cabinet were beginning to look decidedly spartan, what with all the work to the other areas of the cabinet. It was precisely the area that would lend itself to some additional details.
We selected a couple of appliques from the WoodUbend range that would be perfect, both in terms of size and design.
Since 3rd generation WoodUbend is so flexible, one doesn’t always have to worry too much about size and space. Applying heat from a hair dryer or a heat gun makes the molding completely malleable – it will flop in your hand! So cutting when the mold is in this state is incredibly easy, and you can be ultra-accurate with your slicing.
Having chosen the most appropriate moldings, we applied a combination of Posh Chalk colors to them to make them a color that would compliment the existing ‘background’ color of the cabinet…but also stand out a little. Solly Jo has her signature painting style – ‘blending.’ This is the process of working towards a multi-colored effect without detecting the shift from one color to another. Solly used this blending technique on the two appliques destined for the cabinet sides.
Then, we simply used a wood glue to adhere them to the sides. They were soon fixed in place!
A Move Upmarket
We also thought that, while we loved the regal nature of our bold purple colors, the cabinet would benefit from toning down. This would also make it more of a classical look.
To do this, we wanted to add a real depth of color to some of the WoodUbend pieces.
We built up a rich color using Posh Chalk Aqua Patinas (Red Medium Cadmium and Violet) for this. We effectively layered the colors on top of each other to produce resonance. Solly added some water to get the patinas to mix better. This is easy with our Patinas since they are water-based. The patinas also left a terrific, lustrous sheen to the appliques, which we loved as it felt particularly ‘high-end.’
Solly Jo then dry-brushed the peaks of the molding to give them a different accent.
As one of the last things on this project, we took the same ‘Mystery Thorns’ stencil that we had used on the sides of the cabinet and applied them to the front. This pulled the whole of the design together beautifully into one consolidated whole.
The finished piece
We are delighted with how this piece has turned out. We’re so proud of the transition that took place – from a very ordinary-looking piece of furniture to an item that, in our opinion, wouldn’t look out of place in a period drama!
Updated Mirror using WoodUbend with Salvaged Inspirations
Have you watched Denise from Salvaged Inspirations? She is a fantastic DIY artist. Sit back, relax, and watch Denise upcycle an old mirror into absolute beauty.
Here is a list of all the products we used during the Bridgerton miniature chest project:
WoodUbend Trim TR721 https://woodubend.com/product/pack-of-two-trims-tr721-210×1-3cm-2/
WUB 1301 decorative plaque https://woodubend.com/product/pack-of-two-decorative-plaques-wub1301-21-5×24-5cm/
WUB 2103 applique https://woodubend.com/product/drop-wub2103-34-5×8-8cm/
Posh Chalk Aqua patinas
Posh Chalk Pigments
Posh Chalk Mystery thorns stencil https://woodubend.com/product/posh-chalk-stencil-mystery-thorns/
Posh Chalk Deluxe Infusor https://woodubend.com/product/posh-chalk-pigments-deluxe-infusor/
Serendipity and Cheri https://elisirhome.com/en/where-can-i-buy-magic-paint-no-amazon/