It’s that time of the year again. When college students move out of their apartments, throw away their valuables in a dumpster, and another college student rummages through the dumpster to find a new piece of furniture to call their own. Ah, the circle of life.
It’s actually been like this all summer at my apartment. So far, I’ve gotten 4 dining room chairs, a dining room table, a book case, and this gorgeous cabinet!
Now, this cabinet was pretty great on it’s own, but it could be better, right?
Am I right, or am I right?
So, here’s a DIY for your weekend!
Time: 2-3 days, depending on dry time
Cost: About $20-$25 if you don’t have any of the material on hand and the furniture is free
What you’ll need
1 wooden piece of furniture in need of new life
Interior paint with an eggshell gloss, color of your choice*
1 block course sandpaper
Miniwax Wood Finish, Special Walnut*
*Editor’s Note: This cabinet was painted with Valspar’s Brushed Almond. I used significantly less than a quart of paint, so keep that in mind when buying your materials. I bought the smallest miniwax can I could find, and barely used any of it. Keep that in mind as well. A little goes a long way.
Clean up your piece of furniture. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and get in all the crevices.
After it is cleaned up and dried, mix up your paint and get to painting the first coat! The first coat is very important because you want a good foundation for painting the second coat. Plus, the more work you do now, the less you’ll have to do later.
Let dry overnight (or as long as your paint needs to dry before the second coat).
Paint the second coat. Make sure you paint everything twice and cover up any stubborn spots.
Let dry overnight.
Using your sandpaper block, sand down places that you would like to look worn. The best place to start is with corners and the feet. Don’t be afraid to sand hard. You want to get down to the wood surface again.
Using a clean paint brush, dust off the furniture, getting rid of any paint chips that may have fallen during your sanding.
After the piece is clean, Paint one surface at a time with your wood finish. Let dry for 5-10 minutes, then, using a clean rag, wipe off the finish. You’ll notice the paint has darkened, as well as the places where you sanded the paint away.
Let the wood stain dry overnight. If you’d like it darker, paint another coat of stain.
After the stain is completely dry, place all your cute antique objects on top! 🙂 You can also paint a clear finish on top if you’d like.
Well, after being the food blogging business for about a year, I’ve realized I need a more permanent place to take pictures. A place where natural light shines in. That’s what this table is being used for! And to store all my great Good Will finds, like tablecloths, placemats, and photo props!
- 7 Things to Consider Before You Stain or Paint Furniture (ext.homedepot.com)
- DIY Clock Table (odetomyabode.com)
- Weekend DIY Project: Nautical Adirondack Chair Paint Job (skimbacolifestyle.com)