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Paint An Old Cabinet

A room sometimes forgotten about, but certainly not unloved, is the kitchen. We spend hours in there, cooking, preparing and hosting. But often, we can miss it out when it comes to decorating and furnishing it with the Homemaker touch. If your kitchen is in need of a splash of colour, embrace vibrant hues as you upcycle an old wooden cabinet with chalk paints from Not only is it an eye-catching make, it’s a great way to save space and organise your odds and ends. For instance, why not keep your cookbooks on the shelf, creating a handy baking library at your disposal?

You'll Need:
    • Old wooden cabinet
    • Frenchic products: chalk paint in Anguilla and Lipstick, furniture wax in clear and white, Frensheen in Cool Copper, paint brush and wax brush
    • Frog masking tape
    • Gilding wax, optional
    1. Prepare your furniture by removing the doors if possible and sanding away any flaking paint and varnish. Mask the edges of any panels on the cabinet with Frog tape. Clean up any metalwork or castors with a wire brush and recolour them with a smear of gilding wax if desired.

    2. Apply the first coat of Anguilla chalk paint to the unmasked areas of the wood using a Frenchic small brush, working in the direction of the grain. Avoid overworking the paint and allow to dry. Apply a second coat if necessary for an even finish.

    3. When the paint is completely dry, brush over a thin coat of Frenchic clear wax. Mix a little wax with a half teaspoon of Cool Copper Frensheen and apply this over the still damp wax in places to create a streaked effect. Leave to dry for at least two hours, preferably overnight, before buffing to a soft sheen with a cotton cloth. Remove the masking tape.

    4. Paint the panels, insides and doors of the cabinet with Lipstick chalk paint, ensuring to take care at the edges to avoid overpainting the Anguilla. If accidents occur, wipe away the paint from the waxed surface with a damp cloth. Apply a second coat if necessary once the first coat is completely dry.

    5. Apply Frenchic white wax to the red areas of the cabinet with a soft wax brush. Lighten the white effect by over-brushing with clear wax in places to give a distressed look. Leave to dry completely before buffing with a cotton cloth.