Chalk Painted Cabinet

Hey Crafters!!  Have I got a fun project to share today!  My daughter had a birthday and a new home in the Fall of 2015. (Eeek) I wanted to do something very special.

The completed cabinet in it’s new home.   I had a fun video montage of this journey but accidentally deleted in in the wee hours of the morning, but there are lots of details, including the recipe I used to mix my chalk paint, in this blog post.  =D

A beat up old Office cabinet, with keys to lock the file drawers and 4 adjustible shelve, with 4 sturdy L  shaped brass pieces to hold each shelf.  $75.00

I thought it was solid wood, but it’s press board (sawdust that has  been glued and formed back into boards) covered with real wood vener 1/8″ of an inch of real wood slices glued over the press board to make it look like real wood.  A good way to tell this would have been to look at the back of one of the shelves or the back of the cabinet.  But as you can see here, it was loaded down with stuff and too heavy to move away from the wall.  I looked inside the drawers and assured myself it was solid wood, as the drawer faces are real wood.   When we loaded it into the burb, I could clearly see the press board edges exposed on the back.

But that’s okay, it was still a good buy at $75.00, since it’s a substancial piece of furniture.  😉  And a very dear retired man helped us load it, while he and his wife stopped by to shop.  Which warmed my heart. instantly.  Shilvary is not dead…and I thanked and thanked him and shook his hand.

I’m not 100% certain, this was the right paint.  An employee helped me and I showed him my recipe, which said, Valspar Signature flat latex paint.  (Not paint with Primer or Scuff Shield?)  And look for a coupon or sale, I was in too big of a hurry.   If you choose to do this, you may want to do a bit more research, but I was flying by the seat of my pants and goggle’d all of this information with grand baby in tow on my iphone while standing in Lowe’s paint dept.   And I got some heavy duty quality paint.  LOL  Go Me!   hahaha  At this rate, at least it won’t scuff easily.  Choose your own battle and budget. ;). If you get plain latex, you WILL need a protectant or sealer like a matte polyurethane or varnish, which is an added cost and an added step.

1  Gallon Valspar Flat Interior Ultra White paint base with Primer and Scuff Shield technology – I chose Swiss Coffee tint from piant chip 7002-16.   *(The white paint chips all look alike, I took several and compared them next to some bold color to help me see their true tone).  Plaster of Paris $6.78.

Min Wax Natural Paste 1 lb.  $9.98.  Valspar Flat Black Paint 1 Quart $9.29 (for chalkboard base)Valspar Chalk Board Paint in Black 1. Quart  $9.98.

Total for Paint and Cheesecloth = $72.00 before,taxes, which sounds CRAZY!  But considering the Valspar Chalky Finish Paint @  Lowe’s is $29.99 for only 29 ounces of paint, I spent $4.00 more for a gallon of paint +  the plaster of paris cost @ $6.78.  So,  for $11.00 more I have a mile of product to mix chalk paint for future projects.  I can do my cabinet that I purchased on this journey and something for Amber (my DIL) too, even though my son Jon said, she doesn’t have room! Well, we’ll see about that, since Katie told me, Amber loved the cabinet too.  Hahaha…

*The flat black paint was a good base for the Chalk Board Paint (recommended by Katie’s husband who is a professional painter). I did 2 coats Flat Black and 3 coats Chalk Board paint on top of that.  Using the flat black should also make the chalk board more durable.  I did not tape off the chalk board to paint the white areas because I was afraid it would pull off the chalk board paint.  Instead I  painted as close as I could  with a regular 2  1/2″ or 3″ paint brush and touched up the  chalk boardpaint with a fine tip artists paint brush any where the white paint spilled over into the black area.  This did take a couple of coats of touchup with the Black Chalk Board paint. (I probably should have sanded between coats, but did not! This was a very long project anyway and this cabinet is still going strong 3 years later) 🙂

Lets  get started…

I used painters tape to mask off the inside of the cabinet, so painting the chalk board area would be easy because I’m a sloppy painter – see the next picture for proof!

This project took me about 2 weeks to finish since I’m day care for my grand babies.  No matter how long your paint has been drying, you can take an exacto knife and cut between the paint line and the tape line and get perfect removal of the tape every time!

A view of the Top and 4 shelves.  I laid the top down to scuff the paint with sand paper.  Can you see all of the 29 oz. veggie/fruit cans, on the left side of the table, borrowed from the pantry?  LOL  This is a great way to paint cabinet doors or shelves, by balancing one shelf on 2 cans.  I did this when we renovated our kitchen several years ago and I had a ton of cabinet doors to paint.  It allows you to paint multiple layers of paint continuously, without the paint sticking to your counter tops.  Plus, you can paint all of the edges easily!

I elevated the base on a couple of short 2 x 4 scraps to keep the paint off of these rugs.

My very techincal handy dandy scuffing tool.  The painter’s tape from the chalk board, wadded up into an oval shape with a piece of very rough grain sand paper wrapped around it!   I added 3 coats of chalk paint to my cabinet, it was 1 coat too many.  Two coats would have been plenty and I will be doing only 2 coats on future projects.

The Minwax said use with 2 layers of Cheese Cloth, I could have skipped it and used some old T-shirt material and will likely be doing that in the future, since cheese cloth isn’t what it used to be….it’s  so thin and it wore out way too fast  with the recommended layers  and I’d already left it semi folded up.

Here  is what the top looks like after the Minwax was applied and hand buffed with paper towel. (At some point in time, I’d sat a can on the side of the base. Can you see the distressed circles? I could have painted over them, but by this time I was tired of working on this project! Just keepin’ it real. LOL. And it adds character.

And the base waxed and buffed.

The information you’ve all been waiting for, the chalk paint recipe found at Lindee Katdore’s blog in the comments section of her post.  Be sure to click on her name to visit her blog for the original post that inspired my renovation of this cabinet.

When I went back to Lindee’s blog to give Wendy proper credit, clicking on Wendy’s name took me straight to the Lowe’s Video tutorial for this recipe and technique  with tips!  Wish I had known that sooner…link below this recipe.  😉

Click here for Lowe’s Video on mixing your own Chalk Paint

This recipe does not sound like much, but it goes a very long way. I mixed it twice for this project and gave the base of the cabinet 3 coats and the top of the cabinet and shelves 2 coats. Two coats are plenty!

I wanted to use the wet rag technique that Lindee uses for scuffing or removing paint in sparse areas, but I let my paint dry for about 3 days before I was able to do the sanding.

My daughter filling the cabinet with Fall stuff for a quick photo to share on my blog. Her daughter begging for some chalk!  LOL

I had a pic of her new dinning table, it’s one of those counter height tables with tall chairs.  I referred to this photo while I was shopping for the cabinet. And I think I did well in keeping with the same style of furniture. She tends to like very clean lined or contemporary styles.

Another view.  She is over the Moon with her new dispaly cabinet and she plans to store her table cloths, placemats and table runners in these drawers.  I’m so proud of myself for tackling this project and sticking to my guns to find the right piece for her style. It was delivered at the end of October, a month after her birthday.

Valspar Flat Interior paint

Plaster of Paris

Tap Water

Valspar Flat Black paint

Valspar Black Chalk Board paint

Cheese Cloth

On hand – Paint brushes, painter’s tape, paper towels, paint sticks, paint trays  (I like to stick my trays inside a  Wal-mart bag that is inside out with the handles of the bag wrapped around the legs of the paint tray then use some painter’s tape to seal it to the tray so paint does not get inbetween the bag and the tray – when done painting you can pull the bag off right side out and keep the paint mess inside the bag), mixing cups pre-measured and marked with a sharpie marker (I recycled some clear plastic cups), screw driver to remove hardware before painting. And vacuum cleaner to vacuum the inside of the cabinet thoroughly since it’s been sitting in a large warehouse, we don’t want any creepy crawlies popping out!

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