Drab 70's to Awesome!!

By Debbie

I found this ugly duckling on Craigslist and immediately wanted it, for what, wasn't sure but NEEDED it.   My thought it would become a coffee bar or something.  I didn't want to paint it white - BORING - so I went with General Finishes Coastal Blue for the body.  But first I sanded it down on the top and the drawers.  I used a sanding/deglosser on the body.  My plan was to use Java gel on the top and the drawers but that thought went away when I realized my can was almost empty.  

I live in a HOA place, and was thinking we were gonna be asked to leave once I started sanding on my front walk way...but no one rang my bell in the next few days.  Once that job was done I brought it into my kitchen and set to cleaning and painting.  I opened the can of Coastal Blue and it was lovely.  I painted the body of the cabinet, then tought about the top, extension and drawers.  "Coastal" means driftwood right?  So I stained those pieces with Varathane Carbon Grey and dry brushed more Coastal Blue on top.  

I sealed the top and drawers with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in flat.  I really wanted to try white wax on something so I figured what the heck.  I used Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis natural furniture wax in white.  I added silver knobs and called her done, LOVE IT!

Products Used

  • General Finishes Coast Blue milk paint
  • Varathane Carbon Gray stain
  • Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis White Wax
  • General Finishes High Performance Top Coat - Flat

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