I have a stash of old cabinet doors I picked a while back from the Habitat for humanity. They’re great for practicing and perfecting a new finish when I’m just not sure how it will turn out, so I use them often. After perfecting my finish, I use them to create wall art and home decor. Today, I’ll be using this one for a greater cause. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 8 women born in the US will get breast cancer at some point in their life? It’s the most common cancer in women. That’s crazy! It’s important to be diligent in your routine screenings and self-breast exams because early detection saves lives. Ain’t nobody got time for Cancer!
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Easy Cabinet Door Project For A Great Cause
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- Cabinet Door
- Rad Pads (sanding pads)
- Farmhouse Green (chalk mineral paint)
- Butter Cream (chalk mineral paint)
- Peony (chalk mineral paint)
- Decor Transfer
- Plaid Tissue Paper
- Topcoat (satin finish)
- Black Wax (Best Dang Wax)
- Wax Brush
- Iron Patina Paint
- Green Patina spray (for rust patina)
- WoodUbend (butterfly applique)
- Wood Glue
- Heat Gun
Because this is a special project I did my best to incorporate as many layers as I could. The layers represent the difficult times that breast cancer survivors have to go through. It’s definitely a process… not just doctor visits, medications, and treatments but also the emotional stages that go with the diagnosis of cancer… denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.
One Layer At A Time
Step #1 Sand and clean the wood cabinet doors before painting. Just quickly scuff with sandpaper to remove any loose or chippy paint if they have been previously painted.
Adding a Transfer to The Wood Cabinet Door
Step #2 Paint the wood cabinet door with your favorite chalk mineral paint. Decor transfers are a great way to create a beautiful look on furniture and home decor. CLICK HERE to see how I applied a transfer to furniture. The border of the wood cabinet was decoupaged with tissue paper. CLICK HERE for more on decoupaging with tissue paper.
Adding Black Wax Over The Transfer
Step #3 To add aging to the transfer, use a dark wax over the transfer after it has been applied with a wax brush and buff with a soft cloth.
Application Of Butterfly Wood Applique
Step #4 Paint the wood applique before applying to the wood cabinet door. You can skip this step and paint over it if you’re not using transfers.
Apply the WoodUbend to the wood cabinet door. Here is a quick tutorial on the process.
Adding Rust Patina
Step #5 Add some rust patina paint to create a cool rusty finish.
All these layers represent the struggles associated with the process of surviving this dreadful disease. From the bottom of this cabinet door, you can clearly see the transition as it happens. The old broken down that turns into a beautiful butterfly as cancer has been removed.
I pray this blog post will be a reminder to all women who read this to get those routine screening. Early detection remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. PLEASE! As a nurse of 33 years, I have seen too many that didn’t survive that could have been treated effectively if they had known sooner. Let’s change those numbers and take our life back.
*In loving memory of all those that are battling now and those that have gone to be with our Father in heaven.
Until the next project…