I can check one more thing off the to do list for the guest bedroom makeover…painting a cabinet for the small, bare corner. There’s not a whole lot of extra space in this room and this corner is tight, right by the door to the kitchen, so I needed something that wasn’t too big and bulky to fill in this space. I’ve had this little cabinet for years and thought it would be a good fit.
It did need a bit of a paint makeover though so the door came off, the holes were filled and the paint went on.
I knew that I needed to add a little bit of color to the room and I thought that this was a good place to do it, plus I could just repaint if I didn’t like it or wanted a change. 😉 I went round and round trying to decide what color and I finally went with my first choice…red. I also decided that instead of using latex paint, like I usually do, I would try chalk paint for the first time.
There is so much info online about using chalk paint and that is where I started. After watching videos and reading a lot of tutorials, I decided to use what was readily available in stores near me, Americana Decor brand in the color Rogue (in my area it’s sold in Home Depot and Hobby Lobby).
The only prep I did was to wipe the piece down really well before I started to paint. The paint was easy to use and went on without any problems, very similar to latex. I painted going with the grain of the wood and ended up doing 2 coats. The paint dried quickly and cleaning up my brush was very easy. I did let it dry for 24 hours before I put a top coat to seal it. Trying to decide what to use to seal it was a monumental decision for me, wax or poly. I watched videos, read articles and watched some more videos trying to decide. At one point I went to the store and bought about 5 different kinds of polyurethane and wax to try, which I never tried and took back.
In the end I decided to use the door that I removed to try an experiment…wax and poly. Just like I did with the cabinet I painted two coats of chalk paint and, after it dried, I applied 1 coat of satin poly on one half and 2 coats of wax on the other.
I must have taken 50 pictures in all kinds of light to capture the difference. You can see the sheen of the poly on the right in the top picture and on the left in the bottom picture. You can also see the brush strokes on the poly side. The wax side was smooth with a slight sheen.
Because I didn’t like the brush strokes or the glossy sheen, I went with the wax (2 coats). At first I tried using a lint free rag, then a regular paint brush to wax it and ended up putting the wax on with the brush and wiping it off with the rag. Again, I applied the wax going with the grain of the wood and it did darken the paint, just slightly, when I applied it.
I’m loving the cabinet and the color…we’ll see what it looks like when I bring everything else in.
Just my personal preference but I’m not sure I would use chalk paint again. It’s ok but I’m not sure the whole process was easier than using regular paint…waxing it was tough.
Have you ever tried chalk paint and wax? Do you like it better than latex paint?
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands or companies mentioned in this post.