Primitive Cabinet Makeover


Here’s a secret, and a good tip if you’re new to painting furniture… this is probably the most forgiving, difficult-to-mess-up type of painted furniture makeover you can do.

This cabinet was a split-second decision – I was on Facebook and saw it advertised that the seller wanted it gone right away, and luckily for me the lady was only about ten minutes from my mom’s house, where I was visiting with the boys.  I quickly asked my mom if she minded if I ran over to get it – and woohoo, it was even better in person.

Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage

Sure it had some weird surface damage on the door panels, but I was going to paint it anyway.  It was well-made and a solid storage piece with countless different uses.

While I was working on it, I referred to it as “the pantry,” which may have confused my husband a couple times.  😉

Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage

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That orangey wood was destined to bleed through, so I primed it first with a couple coats of my favorite shellac (find it online Here) and then lightly sanded for smoothness.

Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage

Then I gave this cabinet makeover a similar treatment as this weathered bench I updated awhile back.

It was painted using my favorite brand of brush (find it Here) with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Old White and then sanded all over, especially on the edges for a distressed, worn look.  (This is the sandpaper that I use.)

Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage

Those plain porcelain pulls had to go, and she got some new textured bling instead from Hobby Lobby.

Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage

The inside was in good shape so I just cleaned it well and left it unpainted.

Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage

Here’s a look at the before and after of this primitive cabinet makeover again:

Primitive storage cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and lightly distressed. By Girl in the Garage

I could see this being used in a kitchen as a pantry, in a bedroom for shoes, in a bathroom for towels and toiletries, even in the living room for books or kids’ games.  What would you use a piece like this for?

Jen


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8 Comments on Primitive Cabinet Makeover

  1. Robyn Wright
    October 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm (1 month ago)

    I would love this as storage for my craft room. Curious: How long does a project like this take?

    Reply
    • Jen
      October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm (1 month ago)

      Robyn, it could easily be done in less than a day. It took me longer though with three kids and a puppy needing attention 😉

      Reply
  2. Naomi S.
    October 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm (1 month ago)

    Jen, I have been looking for something like this to store my sewing fabric in. This would have to have shelves put in but otherwise it would be perfect.

    Nice job!

    Reply
  3. Kathleen MacEllis
    October 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm (1 month ago)

    Beautiful work, as always! You amaze me ! I would personally love to have one like this for my yarn and craft supplies !

    Reply
  4. Jamie
    October 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm (1 month ago)

    What a beautiful transformation. Did you paint the inside as well or did you just leave it as is?

    Reply
    • Jen
      October 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you, Jamie. I left the inside as-is.

      Reply
  5. Cora
    October 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm (1 month ago)

    Beautiful job! My daughter lives in a small NYC apt. and pieces like this work great for storage for cookware, pantry food or linens and don’t take up a lot of room.

    Reply
  6. LoriA
    October 20, 2017 at 8:31 am (1 month ago)

    This is the exact cabinet we have and I have been wrestling with whether to paint it so these posts are great! We got our cabinet 30 years ago from Kmart of all places. It needed to be sanded and finished and put together! A fun project for someone learning. Just thought you might like to know the ‘possible’ life of your cabinet 🙂

    Reply

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