Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Cabinet Makeover

I’m excited to share with you all a chalk paint cabinet makeover that I did.  It took me a total of 4 hours – start to finish. No joke! It’s super easy to do! The nice part about chalk paint is that you don’t have to apply a base or a topcoat. You just start painting and voila! You’re done!  While I know there a million tutorials online, this is just my review of using the paint!

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annie sloan chalk paint DIY cabinet
AFTER – Annie Sloan Cabinet Makeover

I saw so many tutorials I thought I ought to see what the big deal is with chalk paint. The cabinet I started with is actually one my Grandfather made. He used to build cabinets and he literally had hundreds of them laying around his house and outside.  This one is the one he kept in his bedroom, so I’m assuming it was one of his favorites since he chose it for himself.

Cabinet BEFORE

When he passed away, I knew I wanted one of the cabinets. I chose this one.  Unfortunately, the color of the wood is not my thing. I didnt want to have it laying around in the garage, so I knew that I had to fix it up.  Opa (as we called him) never painted wood. He thought wood should be shown in its natural glory. So let’s not tell him we painted it.

I like the vintage shabby chic feel of the cabinet!

Before painting, I wiped the spiderwebs off and sanded down a few parts of rough surfaces.  Then, I just applied one coat of Paris Grey. Just one coat! That’s it. It dries super fast and honestly the top of the cabinet was dry before I was even half way done! (Granted it WAS 100 degrees that day!) I couldn’t believe how EASY using chalk paint was! SO EASY!!

To give it a little bit of texture and aged finish, I did brush some clear wax onto parts and rub it in.   I used the special wax brush for this.  After using the brush, I used an old t shirt and rubbed the wax in to get rid of the clumps. It made the paint color a little darker.  You can kind of notice it at the bottom of the cabinet in the picture above. The wax helps seal the paint. If you’re painting a dresser or a piece with high use, you NEED to put wax on it to help with wear and tear.

For the brown trim around the glass, I applied some dark wax.  To apply the dark wax, I just used an old t-shirt and rubbed it in.Then, after applying the dark wax I applied clear wax on top. I used the wax brush to apply the clear wax. Then I rubbed it in with an old t-shirt. The dark wax filled into the deeper crevices and made the trim stand out more.  

What about Buying Annie Sloan’s Paint Brushes?? – now, they will try to sell you one brushes when you go into one of their stockists.  I actually did buy their special wax brush to apply the wax. Then I used a regular paint brush for the chalk paint itself.

I don’t need to explain to you how to do it. Annie Sloan’s Website has many video tutorials. It’s so super easy, but go watch some of the videos before you start!

I also used the Purple Painted Lady’s tutorials. She has lots of information and videos as well.

 Here, my cabinet is filled with little treasures. Some faux hens and chicks candles, little houses, favorite Paris postcards, mini steins, German handmade angels, favorite little napkins! I actually hung it in a powder room. I love the new old cabinet! Plus, I can still keep my Opa’s cabinet!

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  1. January 28, 2016 / 1:52 am

    How pretty it turned out. Great idea to leave the wood trim around the glass. It makes the cabinet more unique I love it, and I really like all of your little things on the shelves too.

  2. January 29, 2016 / 12:40 am

    I love the character of your cabinet now! it is lovely! Well done! If you are interested in joining in one more party each week I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday and would love to have you! I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. January 29, 2016 / 3:03 am

    Angelina, that is gorgeous! And I so envy you having something your grandfather made!