I just did this beautiful antique cabinet makeover with chalk finish spray paint and it couldn’t have been easier! You guys know I’ve been making a lot of changes around here lately and this sweet little piece of furniture needed a pick me up. It happens to the best of us. 😉 Thanks to Rust-Oleum Imagine for introducing me to this awesome Chalk Finish Spray Paint and sponsoring this makeover.
When we moved in a few years back I was short on storage space. Our old house had tons of closets and built-ins, but this house had very limited space in that department. I ended up getting a few new pieces of furniture (like the big one you see in the green room!)and this antique cabinet was one of them. I like it because of its slim profile and ability to fit in small pass-through areas like the entryway or hallway.
Some people are original wood purists and don’t like to see a piece painted, but I think the piece has to let you know what it needs. This girl felt like a shrinking violet, a wallflower if you will. She just got lost in the mix and is way too special to go unnoticed. I thought a sweet subtle color would make her feel important and shine like the bright star she is. I decided to go with Blush Pink Chalk Finish Spray Paint from Rust-Oleum Imagine. I’m crushing on the soft sweet color this makeover turned out to be!!! Not only does it look good but this makeover was super simple. If you want to order this precious paint you can grab it here: Joann | Meijer
I’m really impressed with the matte finish I got from this paint I typically don’t use spray paint on furniture makeovers because I don’t care for a high gloss finish on most items so when I heard they had a chalk finish spray paint and you I had to try it and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.
I started by sanding my piece just a little bit because it had kind of a high gloss finish and I wanted to rough it up just a little bit. The best news is with this chalk finish spray paint there’s very little to no prep necessary. It adheres to most surfaces with no prep necessary!!! WOOHOOO However, you do want to make sure your piece is nice and clean wipe it down from dust use some type of spray cleaner to get any dirt or grime off of the piece so the paint will stick directly to the wood.
To prep the piece for painting I covered the glass windows with painters tape and trash bags. It my favorite trick. It takes a minute to do, but it makes painting and clean up sooooo easy! Next I just went to town spraying the Rust-Oleum Imagine chalk finish spray paint. It went on like a breeze and my biggest tip for spray painting is to do very light coats and do multiple of them. Let your paint dry between coats and each pass will get better and better.
Luckily this chalk finish spray paint dries pretty fast so if you do light coats in a well ventilated area it dries quickly and by the time you spray the whole piece you can start over and spray it again. It sounds cumbersome, but it goes quickly! DO NOT be distressed if your first pass or two don’t look like even coverage and DON’T be tempted to over-spray. You will just get a globby runny mess! I promise, it evens out and looks amazing if you are patient.
If you do happen to over spray and the paint runs keep a nice paint brush with you and paint the drip out while it’s still wet. It will smooth out and cover up with the next coat of spray paint! You can seal this paint with the Rust-Oleum Imagine Matte Finish Clear Topcoat. This step is not necessary, but does add extra protection to your piece, especially if you are painting a high traffic piece. This topcoat goes on super easy and is more durable than many of the traditional wax finishes you may be familiar with. I love the fact that it is matte and keeps that chalk feel on your furniture!
It’s best to let your piece dry completely (possibly overnight to be sure!) before you move it or mess with it just so you don’t mess up your handiwork. BTW – having a sweet little sidekick while you paint and decorate never hurts. 😉
This antique cabinet now dresses up the entryway with a sweet pop of color that welcomes you when you walk in our door. I have big plans for the rest of this small space, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see what’s coming next in this area.
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