My favorite cabinet..... upcycled!

IMG_0890 this is really one of my  favorite cabinets.  This was given to me by my mother in law several years ago and I have  always loved it.  It originally started out a green color.  I painted it about 5 years ago the color that  you see in the picture.  

I have been wanting to redo this for quite some time and was the day.  I knew that I could knock this one out pretty quickly.  My granddaughters are staying with me so I couldn't get out in the shop and this was a piece that I could easily do in my office.

I mixed up some pain from two different colors that I had left from previous projects and added some plaster of paris to make some chalk paint.  I spray painted the knobs black and let them dry while I worked on the cabinet.  I then painted the whole thing using a brush...leaving the visible brush marks to show.  I wanted that look.   After letting it dry, I went over the whole thing with a light sanding.  Instead of adding a stain over the top I just applied Minwax paste finishing wax over the whole thing.  I also lightly sanded the top and applied Minwax red mahogany to the wood on top.  I am in love with this piece all over again!  The turquoise color came out fantastic and the black that shows through from the previous painting really gives it that wonderful rustic aged look.  Let me know what you think.


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  1. Thanks for being my newest follower! This cabinet is beautiful! I love chalk paint but have not made my own yet. Is it easy? Also, one of the women (with a stethoscope) from a Haiti picture of yours looks familiar. Where do you live?

  2. That looks fantastic! Love the new color!!!

  3. Hello,
    Thanks for the compliments! :) I live in Oklahoma the lady in the picture is Julie and she is a PA that I work with. By the way... Chalk paint is awesome!!!! It is super easy to make...Just think... 3 parts any paint and 1 part plaster of paris... you can get it at home depot really cheep...(you do not need the huge bag of it) they also sell in smaller size.. ( it goes along way ) just be sure and mix it with water before adding to your paint. mix it to a kind of thin gravy consistency. YOU WILL LOVE PAINTING WITH IT. The best part is that you do not have to do any surface prep prior to painting with it. :) great for painting over particle board..etc.
    Love your posts by the way.

  4. That seems easy enough, well, for you, I hope to try it one day. Thanks for sharing.