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We transform a computer cabinet into a bookcase

by | Mar 5, 2021 | bookcase, How to use Glazes (Stains)?, Metallic Paints, Whites and Light Colours | 0 comments

One morning, while looking on Marketplace, I came across this pretty cabinet that was to be donated. So I jumped at the chance and went to get it.

Upon inspecting it I realized that it was part of a computer cabinet that had been detached. It’s okay, I’ll fix everything and give it new life!


Products used

  • Cleaner and varnish remover
  • Oil primer
  • Sanding block
  • Wood paste
  • Volcano paint colour
  • Gray Kitten glaze
  • Natural Beeswax
  • Metallic Jewel paint colour
  • 35 mm paint brush (for the paint)
  • Artist paint brush
  • Small foam roller
  • 16 mm Wax brush
  • European style paint brush (for the glaze)
  • Tapestry
  • Wooden legs
metallic jewel

Surface preparation

To begin, I dismantled everything I could on the cabinet. The door, the handle, the hinges, the back and the shelves. I then repaired the holes with my wood paste and let it dry for 24 hours. Once dry, I proceed to lightly sand the surface and I cleaned with the cleaner and varnish remover. I rinsed twice with water and let it dry. After, I applied the oil primer all over the furniture. I let it dry for 24 hours.

I had a leftover tapestry that I liked a lot and I thought it would look nice on the back of the cabinet. I applied it to the arborite leaf that serves as a background. I also painted the legs with the Metallic Jewel paint.

Application of the colour and old-fashioned effect

The next day, I applied the Volcano colour all over the furniture. I used a roller to make it easier to apply and then with my 35mm brush I brushed up and down to make it look prettier. I waited about 1 hour for everything to dry. Afterwards, I applied a second coat.

For the glaze I used a European style brush to leave a wood finish. By dipping only the tip of the brush in the glaze, we brush by pressing more or less, from top to bottom, as much as possible in a stroke or two. We retouch until we achieve the desired result.

Furniture finish

For the details on the door I applied 2 coats of Metallic Jewel with my artist brush and let it dry. Once everything is dry (about 2 hours), I applied a small layer of Natural Beeswax, to protect the surface. And there you have it, you just have to reassemble your furniture and install it in the desired location.


In furniture upgrading, several vocations are possible: a cabinet for the bathroom, a bookcase. Why not a small bar or even a pretty buffet. Let your imagination run wild according to your needs.

We must not stop at what we are told. Any piece of furniture can have another purpose!

Eve Taillefer




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