Monday, May 4, 2015

Cabinets Refurbished into Picture Frames

Here's my latest project!! 

I went to Round Top Antiques a few weeks ago with one of my friends and these were my AWESOME finds!! I decided to take the old cabinets on the left and chalk paint them white. I'd never used DIY chalk paint, so I did a lot of reading beforehand. FYI...there are a ton of chalk paint recipes out there!! Here are the results of the first three recipes I tried:

Definitely not having luck with the DIY chalk paint. The whole purpose of chalk paint is it doesn't require any prep work and it doesn't require a lot of clearly my recipes were NOT working!! I eventually called a friend who gave me her recipe:

1 1/2 cups Paint
1/2 cup Hot Water
1/2 cup Plaster of Paris

Dissolve the Plaster of Paris with the hot water. Stir well and then add the paint.

My friends recipe still took me about 3 coats, but it was definitely better!! Next time I'll use this same recipe, but with quality paint. The paint I was using was pretty cheap, so maybe with better paint it'll work!! Also I tried the chalk paint at Walmart and it worked perfectly!! So if you're doing a small project, I would just use the cheap Walmart chalk paint.

Next, I glazed the cabinets using Rust-Oleum Transformations Decorative Glaze (Java Brown), I brushed the glaze on lightly using a foam brush and then wiped it immediately off with a damp rag.

Here's a comparison of a glazed cabinet (left) and freshly painted cabinet (right).

Once I was finished glazing, I brushed wax on top of the chalk paint. I decided to stick with the cheap Walmart products, so I used the Walmart clear wax. I couldn't find a wax brush at Walmart, so I bought one at Joann Fabrics. I brushed on a small amount of wax using the brush, and then buffed over it using a clean white cloth. Here's the product so far:

I added 5 x 7 photos onto the squares using photo tape. I'm absolutely LOVING the end results!! It's cute, rustic, unique, and perfectly fits the empty wall in my living room!! 

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