Embossed Sewing Cabinet

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This old sewing cabinet has been given a contemporary new look with cream paint and raised stencilled detail by Mary Vitullo, using a paste mixed with paint and plaster of Paris. Find out how to get started on this upcycling project inside issue 48 of Reloved magazine, available to order online today or download directly to your smart device.

‘This technique would work equally well on drawer fronts, kitchen cupboard doors or even picture frames,’ says Mary.

Meet the maker:

Mary Vitullo repurposes vintage and antique furniture from her home in Quebec. She describes her furniture finds as ‘orphans’ to which she gives new life with paint (her ‘make-up’). Her beautifully styled pieces, often with a hint of shabby-chic romance, can be found with online tutorials.

You will need:
• Small cabinet
• Flat paint brush
• Cream chalk-based paint
• Plaster of Paris
• Brown chalk-based paint
• 30 x 30cm (12 x 12in) damask stencil
• Spray adhesive (optional)
• Spatula
• Rounded paint brush (optional)
• Sandpaper
• Clear furniture wax

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