Chalk Paint Furniture Makeovers & Tips

chalk paint makeovers

I am back today with the “finals” of the furniture makeovers I shared HERE.

I have had several projects going, and have been bouncing back and forth among them trying to get them all done!

I am truly mad about this first cabinet. In fact, I keep trying to decide if I actually want to sell it as was my intention when I purchased it. Since the only place I can think to put it would involve redoing an entire room so it would coordinate, I am going to stick with my plan but if it doesn’t sell, I will happily hang on to it.  I just know I can find a place for it 🙂

top of cabinet

If you missed the before, here it is. It was pretty as is, but I thought the french country look just called out for chalk paint.

cabinet before

I finished the cabinet with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray topped with AS Light Wax. The original hardware is highlighted with some pure white chalk paint.  I painted the inside pale gray to match the outside, but as I said I think it would be precious in a nursery or little girl’s room painted pale pink! Its hard to photograph, the lighting in the room it’s in is terrible so I am not sure these photos really even do it justice.

bottom of cabinet

top detail of cabinet

cabinet finished

I also finished up this gorgeous mirror.

Just to refresh your memory, here is the before:

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It was pretty, but the finish was a little faux\metallic\tacky to me. It’s been made over with Annie Sloan Old White, then waxed, then finished with this wonderful French Gilding Wax in Silver to give it some extra sheen.

mirror top detail

mirror done after

mirror detail

My last project of the week is this full-sized headboard.  It already had some interesting paint on it, a sort of a color “wash” and silver metallic accent along the top. I made it over with Annie Sloan Pure White, and finished it with the same light wax.

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bedframe before

bedframe after

We’ve been asked for some Chalk Paint tips so I wanted to share a few things I have learned from working with it.

1) It is wonderful to work with, its worth its hefty price tag as it covers everything and anything, doesn’t smell and looks fabulous when done.  Can’t find Annie Sloan?  This brand is a good substitute.

2) I use several coats and thin it with water. During the painting process, I sand, sand and sand some more with varying grades of sandpaper (heavy to light)…the sanding part is very therapeutic, but also very messy. Once done, you can wipe it with a wet rag to remove the dust.

3) I mix colors to get the look I want, I wanted a lighter gray for my new dining chairs, so I added some Pure White with Old White (the Pure White will cover better that way) and they came out perfectly .

Breakfast/SunRoom with Neutral Decor and Natural Roman Shades

{see this post HERE}

4) The wax needs to be really worked in to the paint to get a fine sheen, but once it has been buffed the finish is gorgeous.  Use a round brush for the first coat, like this one.

5) Don’t be afraid to go dark! This is milk paint, but isn’t this hutch gorgeous?

Black Milk Painted Cabinet

{See the post on this HERE}

See some of our favorite paint projects below:

dining room table chairs painted white monogram

Dining Chairs in Old White with monogram slipcovers

hutch1 after

Craig’s List Kitchen Hutch Makeover

 Now that these projects are finally done, I am off to enjoy the weekend and these long wonderful summer days!

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  1. I love that cabinet! It looks gorgeous!

  2. Gorgeous!! You did such a good job. I’m drooling 😉
    Jamie @ Better With Age

  3. I love all of the pieces but my favorite is the cabinet as well! Thanks for the tips!

  4. Shannon says:

    Love the cabinet! What did u do to the glass? Take it out and replace with chicken wire? Thanks!!

    • Thanks! The cabinet came with the wire, actually. I just painted it with some chalk paint. Have a great day 🙂

  5. I like most of your above furniture. Those furniture are really attractive and gorgeous to look at. I already use french bedroom furniture at my home. I use those furniture because of those traditional outlook. Thanks for sharing your above post.

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