This chalk paint make-over is special to me for several reasons. First, because this is the first piece of furniture that Chris and I bought together, over 20 years ago. We’ve been on a purging binge lately. Despite that, I just couldn’t bear to get rid of it. So much for KonMari. I’m glad we didn’t because it looks perfect in my daughters room. Willow has Autism and spends alot of time in there. So I wanted it to be a sanctuary. We did a “mini make-over” last year, to surprise her after she had back surgery for scoliosis. It still needs a few finishing touches.
We bought this corner cabinet for our first house. Our front room was SO tiny, we didn’t have anywhere to put our TV. I bought it unfinished from the JC Penney catalog and stained it light pine. It went with the decor of the day: mauve and country blue;) It is solid wood and still in good condition even 20 years later.
Several years ago, my Step-Mom bought me a ton of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as a gift. I absolutely love it. I’ve tried several other brands but there is no substitute for the quality. It goes on super smooth and covers in two coats. It’s easy to work with and a can of paint lasts forever. This whole piece only used a half a can! This color is a pretty shade of violet called Henrietta.
I homeschool all of my kids except Willow. She only had two days of school this week because of Thanksgiving holiday. I had to work on this while she was at school. Otherwise, she would have been into everything and it would have been too much temptation. Kids with Autism also do not like change. Having her room torn up and a new piece of furniture in there would be too much. I didn’t paint the inside to save time. I wanted to paint one day and lacquer the next. That didn’t happen.
Because I decided it would be a great idea to dump the dirty water I used to clean the cabinet, down the toilet . I accidentally flushed my rags too. Oops. It was a ripple effect of epic proportions: we pulled the toilet, checked the lines (I don’t think I’ll ever recover), turned off the water, had to run to the store to get a new wax seal for the toilet, etc., etc. Oh, and one of the kids turned on a faucet while we had the water off and flooded my laundry room. This project got done before Willow had off from school by sheer will.
I used Annie Sloane Lacquer to seal it. I haven’t had much luck with the wax being durable. Willow is messy. Really, really messy. I don’t put anything in her room that isn’t scrubbable. The lacquer is super tough. When Landon flooded my laundry room the cabinets even held up to the water! I painted over the old hinges too. I normally wouldn’t recommend that but I just bought one of Annie Sloane’s books. She says she does that all the time. Good enough for Annie, good enough for me.
I couldn’t find new hardware and the old stuff is really looking shabby. We bought new knobs from Hobby Lobby for the doors. They are a great resource for inexpensive knobs and you can use coupons and check adds for 50% off. Chris picked them out and I love them. So all in all this project cost practically nothing.