Homestead 128
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Lightly Distressed China Cabinet


A handed down china cabinet goes from a glossy cherry wood to a matte, off-white color that is lightly distressed. The final product fits in perfectly with our modern farmhouse!
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Step 1: To prepare the cabinet for painting I removed or taped off the hardware. Next I removed the shelves (which I painted on a drop cloth). Finally I protected the glass by covering it with newspaper and taping it in place with painters tape.
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Step 2: I added two layers of off white chalk paint to the cabinet, making sure to cover up any thin spots the second time.
lightly distressed china cabinet, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painted furniture
Step 3: Next I lightly sanded the edges and corners. I wanted the piece to remain timeless so I went easy on the sanding. I used a handheld sanding block to sand the edges of doors, raised details, and corners.
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And Step 4: I added wax to protect my finished piece. The clear furniture wax keeps it safe from scratches and water, without changing the color or tint. I applied it with a clean, lint-free cloth. Then I went over the wax in a circular motion with a new cloth.
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  • Eileen Nunez
    on Apr 1, 2017

    Question, you didn't have to samd it down first?

    • Homestead 128
      on Apr 2, 2017

      Hi Eileen! With this brand of paint I did not. With other paint brands you should check the label for instructions. Click the link above to see the brands I used

  • HappyHaven62
    on Apr 7, 2017

    Why does everyone want to cover up the beautiful wood with paint ? I so much prefer the natural side of EVERYTHING

    • Brook Hauck Crowell
      on Dec 2, 2017

      I personally dislike the color brown and therefore do not like the look of natural wood. It's just a preference. I had some gorgeous old wood pieces handed down to me that totally clashed with my decor. I could either be unhappy with the color as I look at them every day or paint them and love them.

  • Judy Meade Fletcher
    on Jun 28, 2017

    Did you use a brush?

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  • Absolutely beautiful

  • Tara
    on May 1, 2017

    Absolutely gorgeous and the creamy white brings out the beautiful lines of the piece. So happy to hear it is the perfect fit with your modern farmhouse style!

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