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Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY Chalk Paint Jelly Cabinet

We use all kinds of paints and processes at The Old Lucketts Store to refinish furniture.  Heck, one of our dealers, Jennifer, mixes her own custom paint colors for each piece she paints!

Today, we're taking you on an adventure with Chalk Paint, which is known for its adhesion properties and requires little prep work for most surfaces.

Heather found a dated jelly cabinet at auction, and this is how she transformed it in to a beachy beauty!

The Before

Our jelly cabinet had charm, but the original finish and hardware dated it.  The only major issue was the uneven wood tones on the doors.  Yes, it was nice before, but would only fit in with certain decor styles; we wanted it to look fresh and beachy.

Supplies List

Supplies list:  Windex (optional), primer (optional; we used Kilz), candle wax (optional), Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Pure White, Annie Sloan clear wax, make-up remover cloth (optional), 220 grit sandpaper, and one dated jelly cabinet that needs a makeover!  

The Process 

These first four steps are completely optional and specific to the finish achieved here - we want to mention that these are a personal process, and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products may not mention them or require them.  Heather has been painting for over 17 years and this is part of the process she personally used for this painting project.

1. Do a light sand all over

2. Lightly spray with Windex  (Why you ask?  Windex has ammonia in it, so it opens the pores of the wood & allows the products to stick better)

3. Apply candle wax lightly on the surface of the piece if you would like larger areas of the original wood finish to peek through.  {Sanding after the piece has been painted accomplishes this too, but we like the look of the candle wax method for larger surface areas.} 

4. Put on one light coat of primer (Heather used Kilz)

This should take you 10 minutes, tops.  Again the first four steps are optional, but Heather recommends steps 1, 2 & 4 to help with adhesion and more is more, especially if you're going to heavily use the piece of furniture!

5. After the primer is dry, apply one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

Lucketts Painting Tip:  To get a worn look on larger surface areas (where you don't want the paint to adhere all the way as shown in the doors above),  you can rub candle wax (a light rub will do) on the surface before painting.  This gets some of the cool wood showing through underneath and gets you the look of a bigger worn area than sanding alone.

6.   Let the piece dry fully (about an hour) and give it a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper all over to bring out the woodwork and to achieve a worn, lived-in look.

7.   Apply Annie Sloan clear wax all over with a rag.  Affix the new hardware.

You're done!  Thanks for following along with this tutorial, and thanks to Heather for sharing her process with us!  

Bonus Lucketts Painting Tip:  Heather used a make-up remover cloth to take any extra paint off the mirror.  This tip was shared by a visitor to her Facebook page who swears by it to take paint off painted mirrors instead of the traditional technique of scraping the paint off with a razor blade.

And here she is, ready for a new home!  (just noticing I forgot to turn on the other light!  ahhhh!  You get the idea, anyway right?)  Heather chose a crisp white on white look for this piece's accessories, which included an ironstone bowl and vintage linens. UPDATE:  This piece sold over the weekend!

Here are some beachy accents created from vintage bottles, twine, burlap ribbon, and sea shells.  The shells are glued to the stoppers using E6000.  Burlap and twine further accessorize the stoppers and bottles.  Sweet!

Be sure to pin this project and share with your friends!

You can follow Heather and all of her antics on her Boots & Burlap Facebook page.


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  1. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial and tips!

    Happy Monday.

  2. The hanging pendant is adorable! Is it still available and do you have additional pictures of it close up?

  3. I thought we couldn't say chalk paint?

  4. This is Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint (ASCP) this is Chalk Paint, so it's perfectly ok to say it. GREAT JOB HEATHER!!

  5. She did one beautiful DIY makeover on this piece. Thanks for the tip about the make-up remover pad (didn't know this one). I would love to have you share this post at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party later today.


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      Linda - Just linked up. Thank you! : )

  6. The primer was put on in 10 minutes??? wow...... Fabulous piece!

    1. This is after a quick coat of kilz...the reason I say 10 minutes...not cause I'm super fast..it's because i want to stress not spending a huge amount of time on this step...a quick thin coat that does not have to be on every inch of the piece...<3 Heather

  7. Thanks for sharing those great painting tips! I saw this post over at Coastal Charm blog party.

  8. Thanks for sharing those tips!! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  9. Great job on the cabinet! Anyone else wonder why it's called a jelly cabinet? Or did I just answer my own question? (oh those blonde hairs....)

  10. Now that is gorgeous!! Great job~found you thru Coastal Charm~new follower

  11. Love that transformation, and the way it's styled! Visiting from Coastal Charm!

  12. I have a cabinet very similar that I'm in the process of painting. What parts of the drawer to you paint? ...the exterior visible areas only or do you also paint the sides and insides?


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