We loved the china cabinet upcycle so much, we decided I should do the big cabinet we inherited from my mother-in-law. As this one was so much heavier and didn't come apart in two pieces like the previous one, I just painted it in place. I did learn from the first one not to sand - it really did work much better. It still took 3 coats of paint. American Decor Chalky Finish Paint is so easy to use - simply paint your piece, no sanding required. It dries quickly between coats. Once you have the coverage you want, brush on the antique wax and wipe it off. Too dark? Simply spritz with water to wipe off more. Allow wax to dry and either brush or rub on clear wax to seal. I prefer to rub it on with an old sock. Buff with a soft rag & stand back and admire your piece. Want a more distressed look? You can sand either before or after the antique wax coat. I choose not to distress.
|China Cabinet before|
|Painting in place with drop cloth|
|See how the antiquing brings out the detail?|
|Both upcycled china cabinets|