I finished this DIY project last month and I couldn’t be happier to share the results. There’s nothing I more than getting creative and this is one of my favorite projects yet. I decided to do a fun furniture makeover. To be honest, I have never painted furniture before so this was entering new DIY territory for me. I was a little intimidated taking on such a big project, but I am happy to say that it was so easy to do and I love the results. This was my first time using chalk paint in a project and now, I’m trying to decide what I can chalk paint next! Today, I am going to share the easy process behind the transformation of this entryway cabinet using chalk paint.
I bought this cabinet about five years ago when we lived in one of our previous houses. Our house there was almost 100 years old, so it had lots of character and charm. I created a more “farmhouse” feel to our house using distressed furniture and rustic touches. This cabinet, shown below, totally worked in that house. Our new house is filled with lots of bright white trim, clean lines, and just has a more modern feel to it. This cabinet, as much as I love it, just did not work. So I decided it was time for a transformation. Here’s the “before” picture…
…& now here’s the “after” picture:
I love the pop of color that this cabinet provides and even the picture doesn’t quite do it justice (due to the lighting in the room). It actually is a really pretty shade of bright blue that pops well on our white trim. To complete this furniture makeover, all I needed was a can of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, a can of wax paint, paintbrushes, & some new hardware.
If you have never used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan before, don’t be intimidated. It really is super easy to use! Below, I am sharing the steps that I took to complete this project.
DIY Furniture Makeover using Chalk Paint
1. First, clean the cabinet by washing down with hot soapy water. Let dry and now it’s time to paint…
2. For this project, I used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the color, Napoleonic Blue. Paint and allow to dry. Repeat for as many coats as needed. There is no sanding or priming needed. This piece of furniture actually had sort of a somewhat glossy finish to it that seemed to resist the chalk paint at first. Here’s what it looked like after the first coat.
But, keep painting on more coats & I promise, the chalk paint will do magic! Here’s the cabinet after coat three.
3. When you are content with the color, apply a clear wax using a wax brush. Wipe off excess wax with a cloth.
4. Let dry & install the hardware.
I’m so happy with how the project turned out! We placed this little cabinet in the perfect little nook. When you walk into our mudroom from the garage, we have built in storage lockers for each kid which holds all necessary backpacks, coats, shoes, etc. But, there are still things that you need often such as sunscreen, bug spray, and other things that come in and out of the house a lot. This little cabinet is perfect for storing all of these items!
If you are curious about chalk paint, but not sure you want to do a big project like a furniture makeover, try with this simple “starter project” and paint a mason jar. It makes a great vase and the perfect hostess gift. Courtney has tried a number of different paints on mason jars and none have been as easy to use and looked as good as the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. In just two quick coats, you go from a $1 mason jar to a beautiful gift!
Trust me that once you start with the chalk paint, you won’t want to stop!
We hope that this tutorial may inspire you to do a little DIYing:)