Hello beautiful friends! Can you believe it’s May already?? April flew by in a flash!
I have a pretty little makeover to share with you today!
I spied this rustic cabinet at the thrift store a few weeks ago:
It was marked $12, and I just couldn’t pass it up. It was hand-made and that always makes my heart go pitter patter!
Although it is lovely as is, I envisioned a lighter, more coastal feel for this handsome cabinet:
I decided to whitewash the body of the cabinet and paint the door more solid:
I love the combination of the two.
To whitewash the cabinet, I watered down some of my Bit of Sugar DIY chalk paint and brushed it on:
Then I took a clean cotton rag and wiped some of the paint back off…
I wear gloves for this since it is pretty messy.
Whitewashing is a really easy way to update a piece. You can usually get away with one coat if your paint isn’t watered down too much.
I normally would stain this first with a weathered stain to get it a little more gray, however this time I just went for it, and I like the results.
The door got just one coat of Behr’s Bit of Sugar DIY chalk paint (recipe HERE), and a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. The contrast is just enough.
I removed the glass insert to be able to paint the grids easier…
To hold the glass in place after I replaced it, I used a bead of hot glue all around the inside edge.
Isn’t it a cute cabinet? I wish I had a place for it!
I painted the shelves on the inside in the solid white as well…
The rest of it almost looks pickled. I just love this relaxed coastal feel now!
I always imagine these hand-made pieces were made with love for a special someone. I feel honored that I got to give it a makeover…or maybe I should feel bad that I messed with the original vision? Oh no! Ha ha whatever the case, it will surely still be enjoyed by someone for years to come!
I hope you enjoyed this simple update!
My booth is filled to capacity with furniture so I’ll be working on a few smaller pieces for a while. I’ll be back on Thursday sharing how I redid this little number:
See ya then! 🙂
UPDATE: See how this tray looks now HERE!
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