Ever wished you had a wardrobe in a bedroom, but didn’t know where to start? Trust me, I know just how you feel. But it is amazing what a builder’s grade kitchen cabinet, a little extra molding, and a few cups of chalk-type paint can accomplish.
It all started when we refinished our kitchen cabinets. Although the section that we removed was in perfect condition, I just had my heart set on installing a piece of furniture in this area. So the top and bottom of one section made an exit.
I received a sample of Diva of DIY Chalk Mix in exchange for writing a review on the blog. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.
How the wardrobe found its groove:
But since the sections were in great shape and were also the perfect size for a floor-to-ceiling cabinet, the pieces were installed on the wall of the guest bedroom instead of just throwing them away.
For a while, I tried to use it as a wardrobe, but the storage always looked sloppy and unkept through the clear insert.
Behold. Exhibit A.
Which led to the dreaded mahogany phase. I used a kit of paint and glaze that did a good job adhering to the melamine and covering the white. In general, it looked ok, but was just a little top-heavy and dark for the direction I had decided to take the bedroom.
So when Leanna, creator of a chalky-mix for paint, offered to send me a sample, I knew exactly what piece would get refinished. To get the process going, a bright blue paint with a chalky-finish was pushed into the nooks and crannies. This would help provide a layered-look when the piece was distressed.
How to use Diva’s Chalk Mix with paint:
Then the Diva’s mix was added to some creamy-white latex paint. Seriously, it’s so simple that I even forgot to take a photo.
4 tablespoons of mix
2 tablespoons of hot water
Per one cup of paint.
The combo stirs right up without any fuss or muss. It’s super easy to make as little or as much as you want in any of your favorite colors.
For more information about the product and how to mix, please visit the Diva’s blog at this link: Painting Furniture with Diva of DIY Chalk Mix
I had to use two coats of paint to cover the dark colors on this piece, but it is totally possible that some pieces will cover with one coat.
When the paint is dry, a light sanding will smooth the surface and create as much or as little distressing desired.
For this piece, I wanted a very soft distressed look. The entire piece was first buffed with a 240-grit sandpaper. Then, to collect the dust, another buffing was done using a damp cloth.
The result is a buttery-smooth finish that will compliment any decor. Just add some awesome knobs and pulls… and you’re good to go.
To see the furniture piece that replaced this cabinet in the kitchen – Click here.
To see a farmhouse-style nightstand refinished for this bedroom – Click here.
To see how to lighten a space without going all white – Click here.
And remember to pin for later…..just in case you’d like to give it a try.
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