Simple ways to update furniture for under $20 came about when I got overly excited and purchased an old cabinet before I had a chance to do a close examination of the piece.
Yikes! It was a tremendous job, and if I had seen it in the light of day, I would have never purchased it, but then I would not have had the joy of giving it a face-lift.
It turns out I had fun with the planning and refinishing this piece. In that small way, it was the best deal for me. I needed the cabinet for storage and display, so I made a plan and started.
I have included some other great furniture updates by some amazing DIY bloggers at the end of this post for a special treat.
How to Chalk Paint Furniture
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After removing the owner’s items, it became clear this piece would need more than a paint coat.
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Not just in need of a cleaning, but the surface area was particle board and had been wet and had those awful scars from wet items. Now I knew I had my work cut out for me on this updated furniture project.
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- Gel Stain (this is a similar one)
- Chalk paint (this is a similar white)
- Chalk paint (this is a similar blue)
- Patina (this is a similar product)
- Sanding sponges
- Paintbrush for chalk paint
- Tack cloth
- Clear Sealing Wax
Replacing the cabinet top – Gel Stain
Once I saw the damage to the original bottom cabinet’s top, I knew I had to replace it with new wood. So I cut some boards left over from other projects, nailed them together, and then used a dark stain (similar to this one). It was looking much better already.
To prepare to paint the hutch I washed it down with mild soap and water. I had to ring out my cleaning cloth to remove as much water as possible. Then I repeated that step with clean water without any soap. Then allowed it to dry.
I painted two coats of white chalk paint and lightly sanded between coats (using these sanding sponges).
The back of the display area on the top half of the cabinet had a fake wood plastic picture glued to the particleboard. I was going to paint it, but it started to bow out of shape, so again, I replaced it.
Thankfully I had some beadboard leftover from another project because I already paid too much for this piece.
The beadboard was primed, so it only needed a coat of paint. My paint choice was light blue paint. I removed all the cabinet hardware to paint. I planned to purchase all new hardware since the original hardware was really dated and not my style, then I remembered I could not spend any more on this piece.
Patina to Update Furniture Hardware
These pulls had both metal and plastic on them. I had to update them.
Patina was my easy-peasy answer to solve this problem. Take a look at this quick tutorial video to see how to use Patina. Checkout the Patina HERE.
You know, I was not kidding; it is quick and so much fun to watch the Patina spray dry, and the miracle of that aged patina look come to life as you watch it dry. Now I am looking to update furniture and hardware to use this product.
Notice the blue color from the painted bead-board on the top display shelves is repeated in the patina on the hardware. I am in love with how this turned out.
Now on to the next area that needed some TLC. At this point, I noticed the bottom of the lower cabinet was in poor condition, so now I had to repair another area, but I did not want to spend any more on this piece. What to do?
Decoupage Book Pages
Looking through my crafting supplies, I came across a book I used some of the pages for papier-mache eggs. Then it hit me, why not use the book pages to cover the discolored cabinet bottom? I then tore out pages from the book and randomly arranged them on the button of the cabinet. See how to decoupage in this post. Since this piece of furniture will be used every day, I decided to use poly-acrylic instead of Mode Podge. After the first one dried, I applied three more coats to be triple sure it would last for years.
Glaze and Wax
I used a brown glaze to add some depth. After the glaze dried I applied this clear wax to seal all the chalk painted areas. I used an old white tee-shirt to apply the glaze and wax. After a few hours, I used another clean piece of the tee-shirt to buff the waxed areas.
I almost completed this project, but the one thing that I wanted but would break my budget on the project were lights. I had these lights leftover from another project, however, there were only enough lights to put them in the middle of each shelf, so I added them. This added that something special it needed.
Vintage sewing display
I wanted to try out a few storage/display cabinet options, such as sewing supplies, books, collectibles, Etc. The possibilities are endless.
I staged a few ideas: some of my favorite things. You can see the basket’s pattern on the top shelf that I used to make my son this button on shorts outfit almost 20 years ago. The hemming tool was my Grandmother’s (1899-1979). I am not sure of its age, but it is ancient.
Vintage sewing meets the furniture update.
Then I moved things around and decided I would use this piece for art.
Storing some art tools and displaying some artwork by my family!
Another thing I have to add to every display is something vintage. Books and cameras are vintage items on display.
More Amazing Furniture Updates
My friend Tarah from Grandma’s House DIY shares her secrets for updating furniture finishes.
Mary from Life at Bella Terra shares her best restoration techniques for an antique table.
My friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shares how to give garage sale furniture an upscale makeover.
Kristin from White Arrows Home decorates her gorgeous log cabin style home with rare vintage finds. She is sharing some of her favorite ways to decorate using found objects for end tables.
The short days after Christmas seems to drag on, so adding some pretty winter decor can brighten the darkest of days. Niky from the House on Silverado shares her entryway decorated for winter.
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