Saturday, March 23, 2013

Painting Furniture--The Cute Hall Cabinet Makeover

 
I love this little cabinet! It's very shallow and fits in my downstairs hallway. It's handy for dropping keys and sunglasses right off the doorway to the garage. I was given the cabinet by a neighbor that was moving and FREE is the best price! For a few years I left it in it's ugly varnished state until inspiration struck.
I've been painting vintage furniture for years, but lately I've gotten intrigued by the chalk paint craze and when I saw the paint at a local store, I thought.." I can paint furniture that looks like that with latex paint". So this little piece was my experiment.
After taking off the hinges and handles, I lightly sanded the  varnished wood down and gave it a coat of water based primer.(Whatever they have at Home Depot like Kilz or Bulls Eye works great). 
There was a key hole that I filled with wood putty and I sanded that smooth too.

 
Now, for the easy paint technique on this not quite antique wood furniture... I had a couple tones of blue paint. One was 'Languid Blue' from Sherwin Williams and the other was a Blue Cypress color from Behr. (It's a light turquoise-ish/blue-ish hue). First I slopped on the Languid Blue, then while it was still wet, I blended on the other Blue Cypress color.
I didn't blend it completely, I wanted some streaks.

 
When the paint was completely dry, I waxed it with Fiddes and Sons clear wax polish. I like their brand better than others, it's smooth and not grainy like some I tried.
So after a good buffing, replacing the hardware and adding a knob........Here it is!
I don't know if I got the 'ASCP' chalk paint look, but I like it and I decided not to distress it. It's not distressed, it's 'de-stressed'!
The paint really highlighted the cute details. I especially like the curvy bottom trim that was hardly noticable before and it's new shabby chic charm.

 
On another note, I framed those old flower prints you see above. My mom had them in a closet for years and years. I just cut them to fit 2 in a frame that I had from something else. Instead of buying a mat, I simply used some grosgrain ribbon to hide the seam between the prints and to surround them. Easy DIY project!
 
What furniture needs an update at your house?
 
Have a Productive Day! Cindy
 

8 comments:

  1. You definitely got the ASCP look! It looks great. I invite you to join my link party: Crafty Country Cottage @ Old Red Barn.

    Goedele

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    1. Goedele, Thanks! I linked up a different project, my toy chest made from a headboard. Hope you keep checking back!

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  2. Thank you for linking up to Curb Alert!'s Tuesday Bluesday. I am featuring it tonite on my Facebook page. I would love for you to stop by and take a look! Great color!

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  3. Beautiful! Love the color and the knob!

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  4. I think you got the look! Love that shade of blue. I'm a new follower. Come by for a visit!

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  5. You knew already that I liked this piece :-). Thanks for linking up.

    Goedele

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  6. Looks great (ASCP achieved) and so do the prints! Thanks so much for sharing at the Rock N Share party. Hope to see you again this week! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

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    1. P.S. Forgot to mention- I am GFC following.

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