I inherited a (nobody would take it at a family garage sale) beautiful 80's mahogany (it was pretty ugly) two drawer filing cabinet. Sorry, I don't have an untouched before picture but it was worse looking than the light brown one shown. A construction grade 2 x 4 was sliced into 3/16" pieces which were sanded stained and epoxied onto the cabinet. The 3D printed pieces were designed to mimic an old steamer trunk and the 4 centrepieces were added because?? All printed pieces were primed and painted with metallic acrylic paints and then finished with water-based varathane. It is now a unique furniture piece and a very functional home drawer cabinet. I would like to do it again with a metal filing cabinet and make it a faux hammered copper with the same wood and 3D printed pieces. What do you think?
I printed in both ABS and PLA with not much difference as no supports are needed. Initially, I used acetone to smoothen the ABS prints before priming but it is tough to notice any difference with PLA once multiple coats of acrylic are applied along with a clear coat. And besides, the rough weathered and battered look gives it the antiqueness that is attractive.