I was recently given these shelves/cabinets by a neighbor who was cleaning out a storage building. They were musty and moldy. Yuck!
You can see that they definitely needed some cleaning up. I used warm soapy water with a little bleach added. I wiped everything down, inside and out.
I discussed the paint color with my personal consultant, Cassie. She suggested a gray with a little turquoise. It just so happened I had both colors laying around. I used those two colors combined with some Plaster of Paris to make some diy chalk paint.
I did apply two coats of the DIY Chalk Paint. The first batch I made up was enough to do everything once, and the inside of the shelves twice.
I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get the same shade for the second coat, but actually got it perfect. the drawer on the left is the second batch, the drawer on the right is from the first batch.
It was a challenge to lay everything out and get both sides painted. I use 2×2’s on the saw horses to get the maximum amount of room.
These shelves are so very heavy. The only way I can manage to move them is on furniture dollies.
After two coats inside and out.
I distressed the edges by scraping very lightly with a putty knife.
I used some cheap black spray paint on the hardware. I wasn’t about to change it all out.
Are they blue? Are they gray?
I waxed them with Annie Sloan clear wax. I think that brought out the gray?
There is quite a bit of damage on this one drawer. Perhaps I could have made it a shelf, but my heart wasn’t in it. I plan to sell these on Craig’s List, and let the new owner decide what they want to do with it.
I’m loving the homemade chalk paint! I did have to sand the surfaces lightly before I waxed them. (due to them being a little gritty) But after a a quick, light sanding, they were oh so smooth! Surely someone would love to give these a new home.
Every so often, even I need to take a break from the saw and drill.
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