Painted Furniture Makeover- Before and After

Be Green with envy!

It’s been a busy last couple of days and I have been hard at work on my 555 Room Challenge. Let me show what I have been up to and give you a little teaser into what I am doing for this project.

Did you know garage sales are heavy with furniture for the DIY lover? You can breathe some new life into old furniture with a fresh coat of paint. Plus it saves you lots of money if you are planning on redecorating a room as I am in the 555 Room Challenge.

I found this piece at an estate sale for $45.00 and quickly realized how wonderful the old bones of this cabinet were so I added it to my one room challenge projects. I decided to give it a major face lift. I knew this piece would look great if it were painted in a vibrant color. There are so many different styles and techniques to choose from, but I finally decided on an emerald green color called Envy by Sherwin Williams.

China Cabinet

1.  The first thing I did was remove all the hardware. Then I cleaned the entire cabinet with Clorox wipes and wiped it with a lint free tack cloth.

2.  I used a mini foam roller to apply three thin coats of Sherwin Williams’ semi-gloss latex paint in green Envy. I allowed each coat of paint to dry up to eight hours. It was important that I lightly sanded between coats with a 220 grit sand paper. I made sure to wipe down the cabinet in between painting coats with a clean tack cloth.

3.  Using the spray gun, I applied 3 coats of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Clear in satin which I bought at the Sherwin Williams paint store. The spray gun was chosen because the foam roller would create bubbles. The first two coats were allowed to dry for 12 hours. Again I sanded between coats. The final coat dried for 72 hours before I put the hardware back on.  I was amazed at how fast the Miniwax Helmsman Spar Urethane dried.

4. When the hardware was put back on, I decided this piece of furniture needed a little extra oomph. I painted the trim with this Gold Metallic Medium Tip Paint Marker from Hobby Lobby. Now the cabinet just pops.

 I selectively distressed both the green and gold paint with the 220 grit sand paper to finish the look. I was shocked at how beautiful the china cabinet came out in this bright green. It certainly is a statement piece now and will look fabulous in my guest bedroom. I know what you are saying, “A china hutch in a bedroom?” Why yes that is exactly where I am putting it and it will serve an entirely different purpose rather than hold old dishes. It will be for extra storage storing all my extra Bath and Body treasures in the lower portion. The top portion has lots of space for displaying pretties.

I’m already imagining this piece inside a bathroom storing all sorts of soaps and towels. How glamorous. 

Stay tuned because I have other projects coming for this room challenge that you can incorporate into your own home. Here is a little taste of what I’ve come up with to decorate for the 555 Room Challenge.

Flushmount lamp

Make sure to check out the other 6 bloggers joining in on the 555 Room Challenge. 

Rebecca Celhar from Hello Central Avenue

Teri Moore from T. Moore Home

Libbie Burling from A Life Unfolding         

Stacie Ab from Stacie’s Spaces      

Kippi O’Hern from Kippi at Home    

Sarah Almond from Salmonde

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Rebecca Celhar

    I can’t believe you found this for $45! I love the color you chose!

  2. Michelle

    Hey Kimmy!!! I’m in the process of redoing some furniture, and I’ve seen a lot of chalk paint ideas but I’ve never used it. Do you recommend the latex over chalk paint? I’m almost ready to paint 🙂

    1. Kimmothy

      Hey Michelle, I hope all is well with you. I don’t like chalk paint because I like a smooth finish. I’ve tried chalk paint several times and never been happy with the finish product. I’ve now painted 3 items with latex and the results are stunning. The first two pieces of furniture I painted were sold right away.

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