Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Charcoal Black Cabinet {Distressed Chalk Paint How To}

First of all, I must tell you that I got my inspiration for this piece from something Sometimes Twice linked up at one of my Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday parties.  Here's what she did that made go "ahhhhh":

Source: Sometimes Twice

A friend texted me awhile back asking if I wanted some furniture that her in-laws were going to put on the curb.  You know the answer to that!  

I love how there were a few stories to tell.... :)

I really didn't like the grungy-from-time  knobs.  But I knew they were probably tarnished from years of use, and the beautiful brass that shone after a good scrubbing had me sorry I ever felt any disdain for them.

I also learned today - through the massive amounts of knowledge on Google - that you can tell if it's truly brass by whether or not a magnet will stick to it.  If it does, it is simply brass plated.  But if the magnet will not stick, it's brass.  These were true brass!

Here's how I painted and distressed this piece with homemade chalk paint:

1. Using a Cool Whip container, I dissolved about 1/2 a cup of Plaster of Paris in about a cup of water.
I never measure, as it doesn't need to be accurate.

2. Added about 1 1/2 cups of black latex paint to the mixture, and then also a spoonful of creamy taupe to give it more of a charcoal black color.
3. Rolled on two coats with a foam roller.
4. Used sandpaper to distress all of the edges, then lightly sanded over the whole piece as the DIY chalk paint will make it very rough to the touch.
5. Wiped the whole thing down really well with a wet wash cloth.
6. Gave it a coat of satin finish polyurethane.

I rarely pay attention to the inside of pieces, so I decided I needed to step it up in that area of furniture refinishing and found some leftovers from my basement curtains.  Using a glue/water mixture that I "painted" onto the wood, I placed the cut and measured fabric pieces into the drawer and bottom of the cabinet.

The stencil I used on the front of the doors is from Hobby Lobby.

My Vintage Owl Cookie Jar is waiting for someone to buy him in my Etsy Shop. :)

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  1. Love it, Kammy! Especially the fabric inside the drawers! Great job!

  2. Beautiful job! Luv the colors. Every so LOVERLY!

    Luv, Jo XX))

  3. Very nice. I like the addition of the taupe to your paint. Even on my monitor, the black looks softer.

    I don't fuss so much with that POP preparation. I just add water to paint and whisk in POP. It's not as fussy as people make it out to be.

    You can also clean brass with catsup and a toothbrush. Very very easily.
    You did a beautiful job. Another piece that was butt-ish ugly made absolutely love.
    Great work!

  4. I really love it Kammy. What does the plaster of paris do?

  5. Hi Kammy, visiting again from the Before and After Party. Great cabinet makeover - love charcoal color and the pop of color from the fabric inside adds such pretty detail to this piece.
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

  6. Hi Kammy - I did 2 very similar endtables to this a couple of weeks ago - ( they're cousins I think lol )
    This turned out amazing - LOVE !
    Coming by via Savvy Southern Style

  7. Oh my goodness! Did you actually BUY something from a store to use in your repurposing? Is your stencil making skills go kaputt? Hahaha. Just kidding. This project looks great!


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