Well, I can check one project off the list! I worked on the Craigslist China cabinet this weekend and was able to get it done! Just to remind you, here are the befores…
I couldn’t wait to get started. I could see the potential in the shape and details. The finish was just not cutting it!
I used Old ochre Chalk Paint and Minwax gel stain with poly mixed in. Both products allowed me to skip the sanding and priming, which cut out a lot of time and work on a piece this big. Here is a shot of the first coat of gel stain going on…
You can see it just darkens the color and puts a great shine on it all in one step! I wanted it darker so I did 3 coats of it. I let it dry overnight after the first coat and then a few hours between the 2nd and 3rd coats.
I distressed it by sanding off some of the paint in various spots, concentrating on the edges and creases in the doors and drawers.
I finished off the paint with a finishing wax and she was done!
I chose to leave the middle doors off so I could really showcase some of my dishes.
Doesn’t she look pretty?!!! I can’t wait to change up the accessories depending on the Seasons. Oh the possibilities!