Chalk Painting and Waxing Equals Transformation!

After days and days of pouring rain, it finally cleared up enough for me to get outside and do some painting!  I was beginning to feel like Mrs. Noah and wondering if I needed to build and ark!!

The other day, I bought this tall, shelf/cupboard at Goodwill. I liked how it was narrow and tall and I had the perfect spot for it in my home! For $19.99 ($16.99 after 15% senior discount) I couldn’t let this deal pass me by!

Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

I made some homemade chalk paint (2 T Plaster of Paris and 2 T of warm water, mix well then add 1 cup of flat paint of your choosing). I used a Behr sample because they are 8 oz jars and the color I used was January Garnet. No sanding needed when using chalk paint. I used 2 coats of chalk paint to cover this piece.

Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

I spray painted the inside using black flat paint from Walmart- the 97 cents a can paint.  It was just easier to paint the back, sides and bottom of the shelves with spray paint. You can certainly paint it out by hand.

Sorry about big spot on the photos, apparently I got some fingerprints on the lens. 🙁

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove
I have to tell you that I had the worst time doing this piece.  I had my paint and tools all set up on a makeshift table…that would be my son’s Coleman cooler! On top of that I placed a cardboard tray. Well, I bumped the tray and my paint spilled all over the black top driveway. I’m trying to scoop it up with my brush to get as much as possible back into my jar.  No, I didn’t scoop up the dirt, but somehow I managed to get it into my hair!  I wiped it out with  a paper towel, but it left me with some pretty red highlights until I shampooed it!

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

After the paint dried (I left it overnight) I applied a coat of clear wax (I use Johnson paste wax).  Then to age it and tone down the color, I used Valspar Antiquing Wax.

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

Last week, I had  60% off coupon at JoAnn’s and picked up this waxing brush.  The brush sells for $19.99, but with the coupon I paid $8.99 for it!  Just a little tip one of sales associates shared with me.  I get my notifications by text, so I used that coupon, but she said if I went to the website, I could also use that 60% off coupon. Then, if I downloaded the app, there would be another coupon, so three 60% off coupons total! Did you all know that???

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

Prior to buying the brush, I just used my hubby’s old tube socks.  I cannot tell you the difference having this brush made for waxing! I used very little wax and it went on so quickly.  I used Johnson’s Paste Wax in the yellow can, so much cheaper than the clear wax made for chalk paint (unless you have a coupon!!)

johnson wax

Then, I went over the entire piece with the Valspar Antiquing Wax. The reason you use the clear wax first, it makes it easier to remove the antiquing wax.


Finished piece in place ready for decorating!

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

I love how it turned out and even hubby commented how nice it was… he doesn’t usually have much to say about my projects. Except, he did say a penny rug mat would really look nice on the shelves.

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

Close up

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

 Tall Cupboard Makeover: Timeless Treasure Trove

As we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July here in the States, let us remember the freedom we have in this beautiful country we call the United States of America!

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