Chalk-Painted Cabinet


distressed cabinet

Here’s an old cabinet that’s been sitting in storage for a very long time. I would say it looks beyond distressed at this point.

I have decided to restore it.  I think it would look great separating the two big canvas display areas on the right wall of Needlepoint Land.

It’ll function as a place to keep my canvas catalogs handy.  I’ll put a small Waterford crystal lamp that I already have on top of it, so my future customers can view the catalogs, er,  in the best light possible.

What I plan to do first, though, is sand down the cabinet and get rid of any mold or mildew.

Then I’ll stain the top piece of wood.

After that, I’ll chalk paint the rest of it a dreamy Provençal-ish blue. There is no need to strip old paint when you chalk paint.

Finally I’ll seal the chalk paint in.

I may not go the Annie Sloan route, as that paint is a tad expensive — even though the  Greek blue paint mix looks like what I’m looking for exactly. Too bad the nearest place I can get it is up in Vero.

Instead, I could try to just muddle my way through this messy-looking DIY Lowe’s tutorial, and hope for the best!

Stay tuned.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

2 responses »

  1. Thanks Pauline! I also have a very old sleigh bench that I am going to reupholster and chalk paint.

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