Updating old china cabinets
Before you start painting, make sure to thoroughly clean your cabinet.I used soap and water, but if your cabinet is in the kitchen, I’d recommend using a degreaser too.The paint will start to thicken to an almost pudding consistency.If you prefer working with a thinner formula, mix in additional water a tablespoon at a time to preferred consistency.I didn’t realize this until I was all finished painting them.
Again, I did three coats of the chalk paint mixture and a final coat with the semi-gloss. Some of the paint seemed to get on the bottom side of the trim pieces.
Next, I removed the doors and using a foam brush, gave the doors and cabinet three coats of my homemade chalk paint.
I had planned on using a roller, but the paint was too thick for the roller, so I went for the foam brushed.
I googled it, but didn’t find any really good ideas. I didn’t know if it would work or how it would turn out, but I figured if it didn’t turn out well, I could still rip the cabinet out later. I could never get myself to spend that kind of money on paint. So I decided to DIY the chalk paint and I ended up creating my very own unique chalk paint formula.
Well, now the plan is to keep my DIY refinished formica cabinet and Mom & Dad have a new cabinet to store their china. There are three things I did to refinish the ugly formica cabinet: 1) paint, 2) add trim to the doors, and 3) add crown molding. For my paint, I needed something that was going to really stick. What makes my recipe unique is that it includes Floetrol Paint Conditioner.