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DIY Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint

This post has been sponsored KILZ Paint®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A few years ago, a friend asked for my advice on how to makeover a hand-me-down dresser and I told her: chalk paint! I said it was the easiest way to paint furniture with very little prep work and a great looking finish. Chalk Paint  and some new hardware and it would look like a brand new dresser! I’m currently at a point where the inside of the house is almost done with renovations and I’m ready to decorate and style some of the rooms, but I first need to paint a few pieces of furniture, so of course I knew I was going to use chalk paint and new hardware! This KILZ® Chalk Style Paint in the color Cameo Coral was perfect for making over this shabby armoire in my front entry room. Check out the before and after below!

Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

I know that some people HATE painting wood, but in this case, the armoire was just shabby, it was not shabby chic. It had a cool distressed look to it, but it wasn’t consistent on all the sides and instead of looking like an armoire for coats, it looked more like it had been in someone’s garage for a few years.
Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

While our house has plenty of closet space upstairs, the lower level only has one closet and we’re turning it into a tiki bar. (Yeah, more on that later.) I had added storage when we redid the kitchen for a vacuum and broom, but we have absolutely no storage downstairs for coats and other large odds and ends, so I knew I needed an armoire or cabinet. I found this one at a flea market and it was the perfect size for our space at just the right price. Well, I talked the seller down a bit in price because I knew I would eventually have to paint it.Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary See what I mean? It’s not pretty. Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

And take a look at the hardware. The knobs were old and ugly and that industrial lock clasp was not working for me. Makes me wonder what the previous owner kept locked inside the cabinet.
Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

So I gathered my materials: KILZ Chalk Style Paint in Cameo Coral, a mini roller, a paint brush, a stir stick, a tarp, and some new hardware. Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary How pretty is this pink? I know millennial pink is “out”, but I still love a pop of pink in a room! This armoire will eventually go up against the stairs in the entry room which still need to be painted a dark grey, so this pink will really pop against the dark grey. Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

After gathering my supplies, I got to work giving the surface a good wipe down. First, I swept it with a broom and then I wiped it down with a rag. Look at all this dust and chipped paint I knocked off! Thankfully, because I used KILZ Chalk Style Paint, I didn’t have to sand it down. There is no way this mama has time to sand furniture these days!
Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary Then, I started rolling. Because the armoire is so big, I needed to speed up the process, so I would roll on a light coat, then quickly go over it with paint on a paint brush and do all the cutting in and detail work. Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

Obviously, I had to paint both sides and the front, but because the top half of the back and the very top are both visible from the top of the stairs, I had to paint those sections, too! The paint went on thick and evenly; it also had very good hide, so because I had a bit leftover, I gave the inside a light coat of paint, too! And now she’s pretty in pink!
Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

The paint dried really quickly and I finished this project in about 6 hours because the first coat dried in two hours. I will definitely be using KILZ Chalk Style Paint on a few other projects! I have my old rocking horse toy from when I was a kid that I want to makeover for the twins to use. I’ve been putting that project off, but I can’t put it off much longer, the babies are getting bigger and if I wait too long they’ll outgrow it.

You can purchase KILZ Chalk Style Paint on Amazon. There are several beautiful colors to choose from – the Blue Juniper is calling my name, I just need to find some more furniture to paint! Just remember that the recommended usage for KILZ Chalk Style Paint is for home interiors – old or new wood, cast stone, concrete or metal surfaces. And, do not use it on surfaces subject to foot traffic. Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

After I painted the armoire, I applied a thin layer of this KILZ® Clear Sealing Wax to add a layer of protection and give it a subtle velvet sheen. There is also a KILZ® Dark Sealing Wax that will give  a piece of furniture more of a distressed, rustic look for some farmhouse vibes! Vintage Armoire Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint // Salty Canary

Do you have any furniture that could use a makeover? Would you ever paint any of your furniture pink? Let me know in a comment below!

 

 

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