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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Another Chalk Paint Project

After my first experience with chalk paint on my craigslist chair makeover, I couldn't wait to paint something else.
Since my downstairs bathroom is next on my list for a room makeover, I thought I would start with a cabinet I have in there.
This cabinet was bought ten years ago from Bed and Bath and is made of laminate.  It was not expensive at all and was a "put together" cabinet.  Lately it was starting to show it's age.

I started by moving the cabinet into the middle of the bathroom.  Rather than lugging it all the way upstairs and through the house to the garage, I figured I would just bring an old sheet downstairs and paint it right in the bathroom.  The chalk paint really has little to no odor so it's not a big deal to paint inside.

For now I only have two colors of chalk paint...duck egg and old white.  I debated back and forth about whether I would paint it old white or duck egg blue.  In the end I decided to go for the duck egg blue with some old white accents.

I had some concerns with the fact that the cabinet is not real wood.  However, the chalk paint didn't seem to mind.  It went on just as smoothly as it did when I painted the real wood chair...and it only needed one coat.  Pretty awesome.
The unpainted areas are behind the drawers.  No need to waste paint there.
After painting it the duck egg, I added a coat of clear wax using a wax brush I purchased when I bought the paints.  Then I added a light coat of dark wax over the clear wax using a rag.  I feel like I have more control over the dark wax with a rag.  It was a little too dark for me, so I just used my rag and applied a coat of the clear wax which seemed to lighten the darkness. BTW...if you're wondering what that wire and eyelet screw are that you see in the photo...it is how I anchor this cabinet to the wall.  The cabinet sits caddy corner and I loop picture hanging wire through the back of the cabinet (behind the top drawer) and secure it to the wall.

Once I finished the painting and the waxing it was time to update the hardware.  My goal for this project was to make it "no cost".  I already had the paint...now I needed to search the house for knobs.
The three knobs on the drawers were extra knobs that came with my daughter's nightstand that we bought from Target's shabby chic line.  The larger knob on the door is an extra knob from our kitchen.

Here is a close-up photo of the two different knobs. I may add a little white paint to the one on the right (an extra from my kitchen) to have it look more like the smaller knobs.
Here is the finished cabinet.  To be honest, at first I wasn't really sure I loved it, but it's definitely growing on me.  If nothing else, it certainly is inspiring me to get this bathroom makeover underway.  I must do something with those walls...and fast.

I really can't wait to hear what you think.  

Also, don't forget that my Swing into Spring party opens tonight at 8pm EST.  Hope to see you all there.

-Judy

32 comments:

melismama said...

10 times more eye appealing on the color! Love it!

Pattie said...

Judy, this turned out great... Love the color

Pattie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Well, I love it, Judy! I'm amazed that it covers laminate so well, too.

claudia b said...

Looks beautiful! I love that shade of green.

Joyce said...

What an amazing difference. It is simply gorgeous!!!

Shelia said...

I want some chalk paint! OH, how pretty your little cabinet is now! It looks like an antique piece! I'm waiting for a pretty green color in the chalk paint. I've seen the one they have but it's not what I want! WAAA!!! I'll try to be patient!
You've done a great job.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

At The Picket Fence said...

I love it Judy! That color is perfect in there and it is just incredible that the paint goes on so well over laminate. I MUST get me some Annie Sloan soon! :-)
Vanessa

Laurie said...

It turned out wonderful! I love the color!

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

Oh beautiful!!!! My chalk paint will arrive on Wednesday! WOOT! I'm super excited! Thank you for writing this post...I wasn't sure if it REALLY worked on laminate:-0

Caroline (Piorra Maison) said...

I love it. what a transformation.
Caroline

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

How very fantastic! My favorite color too Judy.

Sam @ The Junk House said...

Love it! I'm about to give in and finally buy chalk paint! Everyone's projects keep turning out amazing!

Kelly said...

I LOVE the green! I think you made the right choice. :)


Kelly

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

I think it looks much better! You would never even know that it was laminate under there!

laxsupermom said...

Love the Duck Egg Blue! That's so neat how the chalk paint works on the laminate and in just one coat, too. It makes the cost of the paint more do-able. Thanks for sharing.

Cherie said...

Judy,

you did a lovely job. the color is great! I am seriously thinking about trying out chalk paint after seeing all these projects in blogland!

Lesley Litrento said...

You got yourself a new piece of furniture in no time flat! Looks fresh!

BigBearswife said...

OO I like the green!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

I like it! very pretty!

Sue said...

Just wonderful.

I'm ashamed to admit that your "befores" look better than my "afters."

;)

Gina said...

It looks awesome! I keep saying it, but I have got to try that chalk paint.

Robyn Story said...

Hey Judy,GREAT job!! LOVE the before and afters, isn't this paint amazing!! I wanted to share with you our great news as well!! We want everyone to enjoy this fabulous paint so we're offering (for a limited time) FREE SHIPPING on all orders. Check out our blog or website for more info!! rstorydesigns.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

Color is gorgeous! SO much better than the original! Very impressive Judy!

outjunking said...

Wow! I am getting on the chalk paint and trying it. good job!
Lisa

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Judy,

What a great makeover, and you already had everything too! It really looks so fresh and new... That chalk paint is like magic, so glad to hear you can paint inside with it as well.
All the Best,
Christine

Heaven's Walk said...

Judy - what a beautiful job, and great tutorial! You took that plain Jane cabinet and really it into a real beauty! :) Love it!

xoxo laurie

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

I'm in love with it from the first look! Love that color, love the difference it makes in giving it a personality of its own. Fantastic job and tutorial, thanks so much for sharing At The Picket Fence. I "liked" you on Facebook :)

Okio B Designs said...

Okay now I really, really, really want to try this paint! I love the shade you chose! Coming over from Frugal Friday and your newest follower!

Jeanine

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi Judy! Just coming back over to say thanks for linking up this lovely makeover to Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

the food yenta said...

I have been looking to paint an old toy cabinet that is not exactly "wood" and turn it into a base of a desk. i have never heard of chalk paint, thanks for posting. just bookmarked the link from the original post, now i just have to decide on what color to paint it!

Regina Flores said...

Love it! Been chalk painting for 2 months now and may have to go to rehab:)

Sarah Teal said...

Wow it looks amazing! What an update! I'm planning on painting a piece of laminate furniture this weekend, can't wait to start :)

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