An outdated oak cabinet gets a farmhouse look with paint!
Hey friends, I've spent the week working on a piece in my kitchen! Remember my plans to update the dark oak cabinet that was ruining the farmhouse feel in my kitchen? Well, it's gone buh-bye...the oak, not the cabinet!
I know that oak was super popular in it's hey-day...but that crazy grain, shiny finish and dark color were not doing my kitchen any favors! As soon as you walked into the space, this oak cabinet drew your eye...and not it a good way!
It looked out of place, and it didn't fit the farmhouse feel of my kitchen.
After mulling over what color to paint it, I decided to paint it the same color as the walls...hoping it would recede and not be so noticeable.
I mixed up some diy chalk paint using leftover wall paint, a great way to save money when you're on a budget!
I've got some real pretty pictures to show you of the completed project, but first we need to look at some not-so-pretty pictures of the process. It took me nearly 5 days to complete this beast! Here's a look back at the work that was done to transform a dark oak cabinet into a farmhouse beauty.
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Day 1 - Cleaning and Painting the Base Cabinet- cleaned the cabinet top to bottom with my favorite degreaser
- mixed up a batch of diy chalk paint
- painted the base cabinet with 3 coats of diy chalk paint
- lightly sanded (not to distress, just to smooth the paint)
- brushed on 2 coats of flat top coat for protection
I know it looks white in these pictures, but the color is really a pale gray. By the third coat, it was looking mighty fine!
Day 2 - Painting Upper cabinet
- took doors off upper cabinet
- taped off around upper cabinet where it met the wall and ceiling
- painted 3 coats of gray chalk paint on the upper cabinet, outside only
- lightly sanded
- applied 2 coats of top coat
Day 3 - Painting Inside of Upper Cabinet
Today was the day I planned to paint the inside of the cabinet. I decided to use white chalk paint on the inside so my dishes would really pop. I really should have done a coat or two of primer, but I was lazy...and wound up doing more work 😕 (Note: don't be like me!)
- painted 5 coats of white chalk paint (yes, you read that right...this sucker needed 5 coats of white paint!)
- wondered if it might be easier just to dump a gallon of paint inside and spread it around with my hands!
- finally finished and once dry, brushed on top coat
Day 4 - Painted Doors
- took the glass out of the cabinet doors
- painted the doors, front and back with 3 coats of paint
- lightly sanded, and then brushed on poly top coat
Day 5 - Painted Shelves
- painted the shelves with white paint (3 coats, top and bottom)
- lightly sanded and brushed on top coat
Note: they really needed another coat or two but I figured the shelves would be covered with stuff and not get seen much.
Whew, 5 days of just painting, sanding and applying top coat!
I still wanted to make a skirt for the base, and find and install new hardware.
And while I know that painted pieces should really be left alone to cure for a couple weeks, I put all my dishes and mugs back inside because I just couldn't wait to see it in all its farmhouse glory!
Here's the finished cabinet.
I did find the perfect hardware. I used three of these drawer pulls from Target and think they suit the cabinet much better than the old ones!
And I found time to sew a quick skirt from drop cloth! There's some great storage under the cabinet, and the skirt hides it from daily view!
The bottom cabinet is now a dedicated coffee bar, with everything I need to get my first cuppa joe in the morning!
And the hutch provides a dedicated space for all my mugs, coffee and tea supplies, as well as some of my white ironstone pitchers and blue transfer ware collection (because every hutch needs a little bit of pretty, right?!)
The best part is that this cabinet makes sense in the space now...it fits the farmhouse style rather than looking awkward and overbearing!
Did I inspire you with this painted oak cabinet makeover? Are you looking at your oak pieces and wondering how they'd look with fresh paint?
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My kitchen is not quite done yet...there's still the ceiling to paint, and the breakfast area to figure out, but painting this cabinet has taken me a good deal further in creating a cute kitchen!
Guess what? We are off to Canada for a family reunion, so I'll be taking a week off from blogging! But when I'm back, I'll be sharing some more projects from my kitchen...so if you're not already a subscriber, click on that blue button below so you don't miss a thing!
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