Inside: A furniture flip of an old cupboard into a unique curio cupboard painted with Annie Sloan red chalk paint.
It’s about time I had a proper grown-up dining room. So slowly, I have been moving out all my craft clutter and doing up the room. This transformation includes my fabulously creative Cupboard upcycle with the best chalk paint.
I bought this display cabinet a few years ago to revamp it. However, before I finished painting it, the Cupboard was full of craft papers and supplies, and I soon forgot about it.
Now I want to use it as a display come curio cabinet. Therefore, it was time to revamp it.
Using The Best Chalk Paint for A Creative Cupboard Upcycle
It took more than a lick of paint to make this cabinet special. As well as using the best chalk paint, I pimped it with a few extras, such as decoupaged vintage graphics and decals.
I grew up in Hong Kong, which is probably why I’m drawn to the gorgeous deep red antique Chinese furniture we used to have at home. That is why I painted this curio cabinet in red chalk paint. I used the best chalk paint, Annie Sloan Red Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint.
Also, as the cabinet reminded me of an old curios cupboard you’d see in a museum, I decoupaged the inside with vintage graphics. For the final touch, I added some decals to the large glass doors of this cabinet.
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What I used for the furniture flip
- Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint
- Cottage grey chalk paint
- Chalk paint brushes
- Annie Sloan Dark Furniture Wax
- Annie Sloan Clear Furniture Wax
- 3 X sheets of Cavallini Insect Wrapping Paper. You can also download insect paper for free at Pictureboxblue.com
- Mod Podge decoupage glue
- Printable Decal Paper – window cling
The Cupboard upcycle
First, the paint job uses the best chalk paint.
Step 1: To me, one of the best things about using chalk paint is that very little prep is needed. I hate preparing furniture for painting. When I decide to paint, I want to paint immediately and not have to fuss about loads of prep. My only prep was wiping down the cabinet with a damp cloth.
Step 2: I started with the red chalk paint. Making sure I stirred the paint well before I applied it. If it was a little too thick, I diluted it with water. After masking off the glass doors, I painted two coats of the Emperor’s Silk red paint on the outside of the cabinet. I allowed the first coat to dry before applying the second.
Step 3: At this stage, the Cupboard looked slightly pinky red and not very Emperor like. But I wasn’t too worried as the wax transformed the paint. I used dark chalk paint wax to achieve the antique Chinese red I wanted with my cabinet.
Step 4: The idea is for the cabinet to look old. Therefore with a fine grade of sandpaper, I sanded the wax and painted it off in bits around the edges of the Cupboard. This gave it a more distressed and antique look.
Step 5: To finish the paint job, I applied a final coat of wax and buffed off the excess.
The inside of the curio cabinet
Step 1: Firstly, I painted the inside of the Cupboard (except for the back panel) in grey chalk paint. This time I used clear wax to seal the chalk paint.
Step 2: However, the star of the show with the inside of my Cupboard was the decoupage. I used a gorgeous vintage-style gift wrap (3 Sheets).
Step 3: I measured the back of the Cupboard. It took three sheets of gift wrap to cover the backboard. I used decoupage glue and stuck the first gift wrap sheet in the centre.
Step 4: The next thing I did was cut the other sheets of paper to finish decoupaging the back of the Cupboard. I used a wallpaper brush and a credit card to iron out any trapped air bubbles as I stuck the paper down.
Decals for the Glass Doors
Half the point of upcycling furniture is not just about reducing waste and reusing what you already have. It’s also about creating your unique one-of-a-kind piece of furniture and personalizing it.
So not only did I make this Cupboard unique with the best chalk paint, but I also personalized it by adding some decals to the glass doors.
- This is pretty straightforward to do. All you need is some printable window cling. Design what you want on your glass doors in a program like Word.
- I choose our family name (Armstrong) and the No.5 as there are 5 of us. I printed the decals according to the instructions that came with them and stuck them onto the glass doors.
What was once a boring but helpful cupboard has now become a centrepiece of my dining room. I love how the Emperor’s Silk red chalk paint and the decoupaged back turned out.
The Cupboard is far too good for random craft supplies; it’s now a home for all my love Anthropologie dinnerware.
I used the same chalk paint but in graphite for my tea towel upcycled chairs.
This furniture flip featured under the letter F in the A to Z of clever upcycling ideas.
You should check out my fabulous furniture flips and these DIY medicine cabinet ideas.
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Tuesday 11th of February 2020
It is gorgeous, I do like the insect paper. Good choice.
Wednesday 12th of February 2020
Thank you, yes that paper is lovely.
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That insect paper at the back of the cupboard is a cracking idea! LOVE that. Might do the same on one of our glass fronted shelves that have things in too - would make such a difference! :)
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Thank you, I do love that insect gift wrap too!
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