Do you love adding to your home decor? Making your home more cozy or functional. We’ve been slowing down on working on our kitchen remodel project. The hours in the day are never enough. I’m lucky enough that when I come up with a concept that I can pass off the construction to the Mr. This is a project that can be added to any small cabinet or take the #chalkyfinish #decoartprojects and put your spin on it. Either way I hope you enjoy today’s easy diy improvement project.
What you’ll love about this is it’s easier than it looks. I used stencils, chalky finish paint and a chalk ink pen. I have a funny story to tell you before I share the project. Since we started doing our remodel the Mr.’s work has gotten real busy. Busy is good for an excavation company. Pay check’s roll in, no one’s laid off. But, all of a sudden he’s working every Saturday! Slowing down our projects placing them on the back burner. Some how I managed to get him to build this cabinet for me despite it all. Yeah! The construction part of DIY will be soon. Subscribe so you don’t miss out!
We’ll work this backwards by showing you how to paint it first. Then I’ll circle back with the construction of the project on another day, if you’d like to make one yourself! I have to admit we have a moderate sized kitchen with dysfunctional layout and lack of pantry space. I’m not complaining unless I have to reorganize the cupboard again. I repeat and again! That’s when I came up with an idea for the cupboard for all our tea and coffee stash. Let’s get started!
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Home Decor Ideas;
Chalky Finish DIY project:
Here is a list of the supplies that I used for this DIY Chalky Finish home decoarts project.
- Chalky Finish Paints (colors everlasting and primitive)
- Edge Roller With Paint Pan
- Americana Busy Bee Stencil and painters tape
- Stencil brushes or I usually keep a package of inexpensive brushes for projects like this 25 piece brush set by Lowe Cornell under $6 that includes stencil brushes! I also like DecoArt Paint Daubers All these are under $10 and worth investing in.
- Americana Metallic Paints (multi-surface / colors cotton ball and yellow gold)
- Americana Gloss Enamel Paint (color glorious gold)
- Chalk Ink Wet Wipe Markers (Black)
- Pencil & Alphabet Stencils
Home Decor Ideas;
Steps For Painting / Stenciling Your Home Decor Project:
- Make sure your project is clean /wood dust free
- Cover your work surface area with plastic (I just open a large heavy duty garbage bag)
- Have all your supplies nearby
Step 1 :
- Paint your base coat I used the Everlasting Chalky Finish Paint listed above let it dry. I rolled it on.
- Spot paint any areas that need a second coat and let dry (I used the brush for tight corners..)
- Mark your cabinet door design before the door is attached! Note: The holes for the cabinet hinge were already marked and drilled!!
- Find your center and where you want to layout any lettering! Each project will vary by the words you choose, stencils you have and size of your lettering
- I laid my letters side by side and moved them around, then taped them down where I wanted to stencil them
- I wanted the word honey to be centered but, moved the stencil lettering slightly
- Don’t do this after you’ve started using the chalk paint pen like I did, mine is slightly off with the spacing on the bottom-Oh, well!
- Tip: Find your placement prior to beginning and stick to your design! Do as I say and not as I did. (I’m OK with it)
- Chalk Ink Paint your lettering in your letter stencil!. Let it dry!
- Place your honey comb Busy Bee Stencil and tape it where you want it! I covered it over my lettering.
- Take the yellow gold and stencil brush in a circular motion or back and forth until area is covered.
- Note: Don’t over load your brush, blot on a paper towel. Have a wet paper towel handy and Q-Tips for quick touch ups prior to drying.
- I varied it with the glorious gold and cotton ball to give it a real honey comb feel.
- Tip: You do not wet your brush! If you do for changing colors get as much moisture out of your brush prior to stenciling.
- I even lightly went over parts of the lettering with gold when it had dried. Giving it softer look. If you use a different chalk pen set or pens be careful! You might want to test it so you don’t smear.
Sorry, I don’t have more process steps I got carried away! And it’s hard to stop taking pictures with paint on your hands. Wink, wink. Here is a close up of one part when I was working.
- I had the chance to try these new decoupage products! I couldn’t resist adding the papers to my design! *see second image
- Americana Decou-Page and Decoupage Papers watch for the papers at the Deco Art Store
- I cut my papers in half (they are good sized) to fit onto the bottom and two of the sides and decoupaged them in place
- It didn’t take very long to dry about 20 min. Just follow directions if you second coat or do other things!
I can see more projects with these pretty papers coming!! I’m in love.
Before I had the papers in the inside of the cupboard I had painted the stencil with the only the yellow gold. Oh, so pretty.
Oh, You can see the little bee design and branch with leaves I painted on the top, kind of. I might add more bees later to the front or inside the cabinet.
- I rolled the primitive chalky finish paint on the sides and defined the edges of the cupboard then let it dry ( I wasn’t worried about taping it off or anything just use the very edge and same amount of pressure with a steady hand! I decided I wanted it to match my dresser to kitchen island DIY. Then I let it dry!
Next you just have the handy person (you or the Mr.) add the door hinge, attach a cute towel holder (I found mine at Michaels) and add magnetic door closures. Then you find the studs. No single ladies, not what your thinking! The studs in the wall! Again, the handy person will mount it with two wood screws right to those studs one on each side of cabinet. I’ll be covering those in gold paint.
As quick as this was done I loaded her up! I managed to lighten up my pantry and have the perfect spot for all my coffee supplies and teas! I’ve been using it daily and love the extra storage it gives me. It’s roughly 3′ wide by 2′ tall with a depth of 10″.
We still might add crystal knobs to each side for pulling it open (we found the matching ones to my kitchen island drawer) and optionally you can add chain so the door doesn’t come all the way down. I’m shorter so we are still debating, since I placed this over where my soon to be painted vanity coffee cart is. I can’t wait to share that tutorial and outcome with you along with all the other kitchen updates as they come! Be sure to subscribe by email – rss so you don’t miss out on seeing how I do my other projects.
Have you used chalky finish paints for any of your decor projects?