A Vintage Storage Cabinet, Painted And Waxed

This one doesn’t have a before or during – but  I thought I’d share it’s after as it sold this week.

The  cabinet arrived pre-painted a light yellow, and I was afraid to use JUST chalk/clay paint.    I’m a sander, meaning I prefer to sand my chalk/clay paint finishes before sealing.  I also like to play off the piece’s original finish, but in this case that would have meant revealing back to light yellow, and I didn’t want that.


So I started with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat in a color called Hazelnut –  it reminds me of a lighter version of CeCe’s Cinco Bayou Moss and American Paints  Desert Cactus.  I brushed on one coat and let it dry.   Using the Texture Basecoat first creates a base that will be harder to sand through – so in a sense it will protect me from sanding right down to that yellow –


The Caromal Hazelnut brushed on,  then over that I brushed CeCe Caldelll’s  Dover White.  When it dried I sanded to get a nice smooth feel, then sealed it with American’s Clear Wax, cut with a little bronze mica powwder.



I pulled out an old crystal knob from my stash and thought it was perfect –

I grabbed a scrapbook paper  to dress up the front door.  This one was a thicker, sparkly one – I used Modge Podge to adhere –



The paper was thick enough that it created a little bit of ridge at the seam (where the 2 sheets met) –  go figure RIGHT smack in the middle of the drawer.


To detract from it, I pulled out a big stencil  and stenciled over the front area –  that really helped.  I added a piping trim around the frame of the inner panel to give the door a finished look –


Out in the store soaking up some sun –  now it’s off to a nice home!


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4 responses to “A Vintage Storage Cabinet, Painted And Waxed

  1. I love this little piece Patty, can you tell me where you got the stencil?
    I love love love your posts!!

  2. What a beautiful piece! I love your posts too!

  3. Luv it! Just amazing!

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