Upcycle Bedside Cabinet

upcycle a bedside cabinet
upcycle a bedside cabinet

I have been going a bit mad with painting things lately.  Hubby thinks I may forget myself and paint him too if he’s not careful!

For the moment I will stick to painting furniture or walls.  For this project, I decided to upcycle a bedside cabinet I already had by giving it a makeover.  I wanted to paint it an off white colour so I headed to my local Decor shop to buy some chalk paint.

After doing some research online, I found that chalk paint doesn’t need too much prep beforehand, such as using a primer.  Chalk paint can go straight over wood, fabric, varnish or paint.  I decided to try the Rust-Oleum chalk paint in the colour chalk white.

I also bought the Rust-Oleum finishing wax to use after the paint was dry.  I have never used this brand or type of paint before and was curious to see how good it was.

The bedside cabinet I wanted to make-over did need some prep as it had been varnished then painted cream previously.  I wanted to make sure the surface I was going to paint was smooth and free of bumps etc, so I decided to strip off the old paint.

Instead of painting the drawers all over I decided to decoupage them with left over wall paper.  I had some spare from the guest bedroom which we had just wall-papered.

What I used:

Pine bedside cabinet
White spirit
Mini roller and tray
Paintbrush, I used a 2½ inch brush
Some old rags
Rust-Oleum chalk paint in chalk white
Rust-Oleum furniture finishing wax.

For Decoupage:

Wallpaper (I used left over wallpaper Laura Ashley Annecy Gold)
Modge podge (you can buy this in any arts & crafts shop or local DIY)

I set to work on removing the paint with paint stripper. After scraping the paint off I used coarse sandpaper and steel wool to remove any excess the paint stripper did not remove.

I removed the front face of the drawers, by removing the screws holding them in place and also removing the knobs.  I drew numbers on the drawer fronts and the face of the drawers I had just removed so that I knew where to put them back

I then sanded the locker with fine sandpaper to get a smooth finish and used the hoover to collect all the sand dust. I wiped the cabinet with a damp cloth and left it to dry.

I gave the drawer fronts a sand with coarse sandpaper then a fine sandpaper to give a smooth surface. The drawers I only wanted to paint around the edges as I wanted to decoupage with wallpaper.

Prepping the locker took me about 2½ hours.  I waited until the next day to start painting as I would be able to see better in natural light. It is always best to paint during the day in natural light.

The next morning, I cleaned the unit with white spirit on an old rag to remove any dust and left it dry for about 10 mins.

Opening the tin of Rust-Oleum paint, it had a top layer of what looked like oil.  I gave it a stir.   It mixed well and had a thick consistency.  I poured some of the paint into my little roller tray and I used the mini roller to paint the locker.

I used my roller to put a thin layer of paint on the cabinet and used a brush to get into the grooves and places the roller didn’t reach.  The paint rolled on very easily and it was a quick job, I think it took about 10 minutes to give the first coat of paint.

I also painted the drawers, but only around the edge with a brush as it wasn’t necessary to paint the whole drawer front as I was going to be covering that with wallpaper.

The tin says that you can give it a second coat after 4 hours; however I left it to dry overnight.  I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before applying the second coat.

If the paint is not completely dry before adding the next coat, the paint underneath moves and will chip off later.

The next day I gave the cabinet a light sanding, again, hoovered up the dust and cleaned with white spirit (you can use sugar soap to clean also).  I then painted on a second coat.

To decoupage the drawers, I took a strip of wallpaper and laid the drawer front facing down on the paper and drew around the shape. I cut this out and held it over the drawer to make sure it was the right shape.

I used a small glue brush (a small paint brush will do the same job) and pasted modge podge on the front of the drawer where I wanted my wallpaper to go.  I also put some modge podge on the wallpaper.

The wallpaper I used was thick and I then placed the wallpaper on the drawer front, smoothing down any creases and bubbles.

Originally the cabinet had round pine knobs, but I had replaced them some years ago with bronze coloured knobs. I decided to use them instead of buying new ones.  I put a pin through the back of the drawer where the original hole is to pierce the paper so the knob can be screwed back on.  This avoids the paper tearing.

The next day, the cabinet was nice and dry and I wiped on the Rust-Oleum furniture wax with an old rag and also on the drawers just where the paint was. After 15 minutes I took a clean rag and buffed up the wax, this left a lovely sheen on the wood.

When this was all done, I put the drawers back together and put them back into the cabinet.

Voila! I am pleased how it turned out after just a lick of paint and some wallpaper. The Rust-Oleum chalk paint was really easy to use and used together with their furniture wax gave the cabinet a lovely sheen and a really nice finish.  The fact it can go on varnished wood too is great.   I have a pine bed in that same room and will definitely use this same paint and wax to paint the bed too!

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