A painted display cabinet is a great way to add a personal touch to your home décor. Whether you’re looking to update an old piece of furniture or give a new piece a makeover, here’s some inspiration for your project!
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Here’s what the cabinet looked like before. Isn’t it so cute?? It was pretty scratched and worn out though, so I was happy to give it a makeover.
I can’t wait for you to see this makeover, it’s honestly one of my favorite furniture makeovers ever.
Supplies Used For Painted Display Cabinet Makeover
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- Krud Kutter
- Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint in Deep Sea Blue and Sea Smoke
- Clean Containers with Lids
- Zibra Fan Brush
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Hemp Oil
- Cheap Paint Brush
- Lint Free Rags
- BIN Shellac Based Primer
- General Finishes Enduro Poly in White
- Paint Sprayer
Preparing a cabinet for Paint
Alright, first things first, I always do a couple of things to prepare furniture for paint. But, with milk paint, because I want a chippy look, I only clean the furniture.
Milk Painting a Cabinet
I love the look of chippy, rustic furniture, and that’s exactly what I wanted with this cabinet.
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So I mixed up some Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint in the colors Deep Sea Blue and Sea Smoke to make a medium shade of blue.
Read through this post to learn how to use milk paint on furniture.
I honestly don’t remember what the ratio was, but I’m guessing it was close to 50:50. Learn more about mixing milk paint colors together here.
Milk paint is a powder, so I mixed it with the same amount of water to turn it into paint. Learn about mixing milk paint here.
Then I brushed 2 coats of the milk paint onto the display cabinet, letting it dry for an hour or so between coats of paint.
Best Brush for Milk Paint
Zibra paint brushes are perfect for powdered milk paint.
There are other great paint brushes for furniture though too! Here are the best paint brushes for painting furniture.
Distressing Milk Paint
After the 2 coats of paint were dry, I sanded the milk paint with 220 grit sandpaper to distress the paint and make the paint chip off.
Some areas chipped really well and others didn’t chip at all. That’s very typical when painting wood furniture with milk paint.
Sealing Milk Paint
Even though milk paint likes to chip, when it sticks, it sticks and it isn’t going anywhere. But, it’s still matte paint, so it needs to be sealed so it doesn’t stain or get ruined with everyday use.
This time I sealed the milk paint with hemp oil. I just brushed it on with a cheap paint brush and let it soak into the milk paint.
Two Tone Painted Cabinet
All of that milk paint was on the outside and inside shell of the display cabinet.
But instead of painting the shelves and back of the cabinet blue, I painted the shelves and back of the cabinet white.
Painting Shelves and Back of Cabinet White
First, pried the back of the cabinet off. Then I rolled 2 coats of BIN shellac based primer onto the shelves and the back.
The BIN shellac based primer is one of the best primers for painting furniture because it has great coverage.
And it is soooo good for painting furniture white because it blocks something called bleed through (stains from the wood that come through paint.)
Then we sprayed 3 coats of some of my favorite white furniture paint, General Finishes Enduro Poly in White.
It’s a thin, tinted polyurethane, so it can only be sprayed, but it doesn’t need to be topcoated, and it dries to a durable satin finish.
And here’s what the painted cabinet looks like now!
If you like how this cabinet turned out, you check out more shabby chic painted furniture here.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
- Clean cabinet with Krud Kutter to prepare it for milk paint.
- Now, get your milk paint. You can mix up the colors to get the shade you want for your cabinet. Then mix it with the same amount of water to turn the milk paint powder into paint.
- Brush 2 coats of the milk paint onto the display cabinet, letting it dry for an hour or so between coats of paint.
- After the 2 coats of paint dries, sand the milk paint with 220 grit sandpaper to distress the paint and make the paint chip off. Vacuum the dust from sanding and wipe everything with a tack cloth.
- To seal the milk painted cabinet, brush hemp oil with a cheap paint brush and let it soak into the milk paint. An hour or so later, wipe off the excess with a lint free rag.
- You can go for a two tone painted cabinet and paint the shelves and back of the cabinet a different color. Apply 2 coats of BIN shellac based primer onto these parts before painting them.
- Let the paint dry.
More Painted China Cabinet Ideas
- Painting a China Cabinet
- Antique China Hutch Makeover
- Chippy Blue Painted Hutch Makeover
- How To Paint Wood Furniture With Chippy Milk Paint
- Painted Hutch Makeover
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