Chalk Paint Cabinet

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.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comIt did need a bit of a paint makeover though so the door came off, the holes were filled and the paint went on.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comI 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).

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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.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comI 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.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comBecause 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.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comI’m loving the cabinet and the color…we’ll see what it looks like when I bring everything else in.

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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.

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Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comHave you ever tried chalk paint and wax? Do you like it better than latex paint?

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*I am not affiliated with any of the brands or companies mentioned in this post. 


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  1. Monday,October 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

    I must confess that I first thought chalk”board” paint when I started reading your post. I kept wondering why on a shelf in the guest room and then when you got to the wax or poly I was really confused. Finally realized you must be talking about paint made from chalk. I am slow sometimes LOL. What are the benefits of chalk paint suppose to be? Or is it just a trend, like milk paint was in the 80’s? Anyway, I am glad you chose the red and waxed it. It looks very chic and expensive. Great job.

    • Kristi
      Monday,October 20, 2014 / 6:18 pm

      That’s ok Deborah, my husband thought the same thing you did. Every time I talked about chalk paint he would look at me funny. Finally he asks me why I would put chalkboard paint on furniture. I had to show him the paint and explain it to him. I’m not sure he really gets it though. 😉

      From what I understand, many people like chalk paint because there is no prep involved, ie. sanding. I think another benefit, for some, is the finish that you get, kind of soft and smooth with just a hint of sheen. It doesn’t look like latex paint when finished. I’m not totally sure that the process is any easier as I had to really work to put the wax on.

      I know that chalk paint has been around for quite a while and is very popular so I don’t think it’s going anywhere. Some still use milk paint too.

      Thanks for stopping by to check out my cabinet. I appreciate your comment.

  2. MaryJean
    Monday,October 20, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Kristi, I love your little cabinet. It really looks cute. Love the red!
    Can’t wait to see the whole room!

    • Kristi
      Monday,October 20, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks so much MJ. It’s getting there…one more thing crossed off the list. 🙂
      So glad you popped in today.

  3. Tuesday,October 21, 2014 / 7:27 am

    I had never heard of chalk paint Kristi, I learned something today! The end result is lovely., love the color.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 21, 2014 / 11:28 am

      Thanks Tara! You should give it a try. 🙂

  4. christykjames
    Tuesday,October 21, 2014 / 9:28 am

    Great way to update this little cabinet! I used to think waxing was so labor intense until I finally discovered that I had been doing it wrong all along…for like two years! You’re supposed to apply the wax, then remove most of it using a soft cloth, leaving only a thin coat. Then allow it to dry. Annie Sloan wax only takes about 10-15 minutes to dry. Then go back and lightly buff to a beautiful sheen. I used to try to buff it right away without allowing it to dry and it was so much harder. Not sure how you did it and I haven’t used the minwax wax yet, but thought I’d mention it just in case. Love the results of your cabinet. Maybe you can do something else fun with the door. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 21, 2014 / 11:35 am

      Thanks Christy. I did it exactly as you described. Maybe it was tougher because of all the small nooks and crannies. I’m sure I’ll give it another shot at some point…maybe something bigger. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the door. I’m collecting ideas if you have any. 😉
      Thanks so much for the tips and for stopping by. Much appreciated.

  5. Thursday,October 23, 2014 / 10:41 am

    You taught me something! I did not know paint could be purchased with a chalky finish! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 23, 2014 / 6:35 pm

      So glad that you were able to learn something from this post. Thanks to all of you ladies for hosting Thursday Blog Hop! 🙂

  6. Homemaker Mom (@Homemakermom)
    Sunday,November 16, 2014 / 8:13 am

    I have only used chalk paint once. I loved it but I do admit it seemed a bit harder for me to apply. Wonder if I did something wrong. You made this cabinet look amazing with chalk paint! Great job… and yet again you have inspired me!

    • Kristi
      Monday,November 17, 2014 / 12:55 am

      Awww, thank you, thank you. I personally think there is a learning curve with chalk paint. I would like to give it another try though.
      Thanks for stopping in and sharing your experience with chalk paint.

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