DIY Project – Painting Furniture


I have been redoing some rooms in our home and ended up with two pieces of furniture that just weren’t working in our spaces anymore.  The first piece was an armoire that was a cherry-stained wood and was originally designed to hold a box-style TV (remember those???).  We used it for storage of coolers and luggage now.  The second piece was an antique wooden cabinet that I got for a bargain price.  It was stained a medium brown.

I wanted to brighten up both pieces, so I decided to use Annie Sloan chalk paint to paint both pieces of furniture.

Here is a before picture of the armoire.  I forgot to take a picture of the antique cabinet…sorry!


I decided to paint the TV armoire white to go in a guest room that is primarily white and grey.  The beauty of Annie Sloan chalk paint is that you don’t have to do any prepping or sanding of the surface.  I also looked into other brands of chalk paint, but Annie Sloan had the best reviews overall.  Also, some other brands of chalk paint do not come in a pure white.

The process on the TV armoire was pretty easy.

  • I removed the hardware and took out the drawers.
  • I ended up putting on three coats of paint before I was happy with the brightness of the white and didn’t have any wood tone showing through. I painted both the outside and the inside of the cabinet.



  • I lightly sanded the piece and added a bit of distressing in a few places by sanding more. This does create a lot of dust, so I was glad to be doing this outside!


  • I then rubbed on a coat of the Annie Sloan clear wax (not the darker one that would have given it an aged look). In hindsight, I could have used only two coats of paint because the wax enhances the paint and makes it look more evenly toned.
  • Finally, I added new chrome hardware to match the light fixtures in the room.
  • I let the wax “cure” for about a week before I placed anything on or in the armoire.

I am a little concerned about the durability of the finish, but since it has a slightly distressed look, a few scratches won’t be out of place!  The Annie Sloan website says it can take up to 21 days for the wax to cure.

For the other cabinet, I decided to paint it a light grey (called Paris Grey).  I used the same process, but only did two coats of paint.  I didn’t paint the inside of the cabinet so it would remain as durable as possible.  I also didn’t do any sanding before applying the wax, except for a few paint drips that needed to be fixed.  The light grey paint looked almost white when I put it on, but after rubbing on the clear wax, the color darkened up to more of a medium grey tone.  I also added brushed nickel hardware to match the rest of the room.

Here are after pictures of the complete pieces.



Overall, both pieces look very nice and were easy to do!  I love not having to do much prep or sanding.  The durability of the finish has not been tested yet, but should continue to get better as the wax cures.

Do you have any experience with chalk paint?  What did you think?  If you’d like some help figuring out ways to update your existing furniture, contact me here.

Thanks for reading!

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