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Bookcase Cabinet Makeover

black distressed cabinet holding old books and baskets

bookcase with two drawers and two lower shelves with books and baskets

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I love it when a project turns out to be less work than I thought.

That's exactly what happened with this paint transformation project.

The picture below is how the other side of my living room looked a couple of days ago.
white room with foggy medallion rug and vintage bookcase cabinet

I've always loved that small bookcase cabinet, it was one of my husband's finds even before we met. 

The problem was, it looked sad and it didn't quite fit with the new look of this room.

bookcase vintage cabinet wooden tone with Cameo 3 machine and stereo

I thought about stripping it and leaving its natural color, but that would've been way too time-consuming.

wooden tone bookcase with two drawers and lots of scratches.

Instead, I went the easy way... Chalk paint.

painting furniture to look old
This time, I gave the Rust-oleum Charcoal a try, and I'm very happy with the end result.

applying chalk paint with brush

The only prep work done to the cabinet was a good cleaning. I didn't fill holes or sand anything. I wanted the cabinet to still look old.

This paint is thick and dries quite fast.

bookcase cabinet makeover

I applied two coats waiting for the paint to dry in between coats.

Annie sloan clear wax

Then, using a sanding sponge, all those edges got distressed.

After cleaning thoroughly with a tack cloth, clear soft wax was applied.

antique gold drawer pulls on dark cabinet

The last step was to buff it with a soft cloth. This is how it looks, I love the wooden tone peeking thru.

old books and baskets in bookcase with two drawers and two lower shelves

And that soft shine... Gorgeous!

bicycle pillow on mint chair on the side of bookcase cabinet painted charcoal

Those baskets fit so perfectly in there, I decided to use them to store napkins and stuff we use on the dining table.

furniture leg painted charcoal

bookcase makeover on charcoal

The drawers are used to store napkin rings and old CDs.

black distressed cabinet holding old books and baskets
Bicycle Pillow Case

This total makeover took me like three hours from start to finish and I really love the outcome.

before and after of antique furniture painted black

For more furniture paint transformations check these out:

mint valspart spray paint on spindle chair with blue flower ladies bag

a dark hutch is transformed with moldings and white paint.

oak kitchen cabinets painted white.

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  1. A beautiful transformation Cristina! I've never used that brand of chalk paint and will give it a try next time! Love the color you went with .

  2. This is such a beautiful color of charcoal! You really chose the color for this piece wisely and the result is amazing. Also love your artful touch with the sanding block. Great job, as always! Susie from The Chelsea Project

  3. Ohhhh I love the color!! Great job Cristina!

  4. That looks amazing! The new color makes it so much more current.

  5. Gorgeous transformation. Love the charcoal color.

  6. Love the results and how you have it staged/set up now! XO

  7. This table looks great, you totally gave it new life!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  8. Looks beautiful, did hubby actually let you paint his cabinet, LOL!

  9. Just happened to find your project. Amazing turnout! I just painted a desk in the same color. Which soft wax did you use? I’m struggling to find a product to use?

    1. Thanks Tracy! I'm still enjoying this cabinet. I used Annie Sloan clear wax.

  10. Wonderful before and after! I love the "new" look. Have a wonderful week, Kippi #kippiathome

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