Friday, April 6, 2012

Feature Friday: Schoolhouse Cabinet

Dear readers, I've been remiss. I've been hosting a blog for Maisondestencils for one month and I haven't mentioned Chalk Paint once. I know many, many of you are familiar with this fabulous paint. It is the perfect way to give any project an aged, slightly distressed worn look. Our feature this week comes courtesy of the fabulous blog, Lady Butterbug and it is a Chalk Paint masterpiece.

She found an old schoolhouse cabinet at a yard sale for $50 and transformed it completely. The two Chalk Paint colors used are Paris Grey and Old White. She mixed the Old White with Clear Wax and waxed over the Paris Grey.

She scraped, sanded, and used steel wool to distress the cabinet for an aged look that feels 100% authentic. She also went over the doors with Dark Wax for contrast.

For an interesting twist, our feature this week utilizes the same stencil from our last feature, the Thonet Chair.

She used Hotel L'Avenir on each door of the cabinet and stenciled with graphite.

One great tip she mentions is to use a long level for cabinets where doors are uneven (and let's face it, many antiques have quirks like this) so you can level your stencils more easily.

The finished product is really terrific. She keeps the cabinet in her Chalk Paint room as a way of demonstrating painting techniques.

Lady Butterbug's original post can be found here.
Her blog is here.
The stencil used can be found here.

Thank you very much to Lady Butterbug for use of her images.

Happy Friday!


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