dining room,  DIY,  Furniture,  Projects,  re-purposed furniture

How to make something from nothing

I finished my console and I am so excited to share the entire process. I love looking up paint tutorials and learning different ways to paint furniture. Even though I learn about different techniques and ways to paint, I consistently go back to the way I have been painting furniture and cabinets for years. This way works for me, I love the finish, and it holds up well.

So here is the cabinet that I bought a couple of weeks ago.


It was dated, and dirty! I got it for a killer price and originally brought it home to paint and sell it. I put it in the garage to prep it for paint, and just kept thinking about how great it would look in my dining room.  I had my sweet hubby help me bring it in, and it totally fit where I thought it would go. I was excited. So, since this was a piece I was going to keep for myself, I decided on the color that would go the best in my room.  I brought out the supplies and got started.


The first thing I had to do was clean it. It was so so dirty. I vacuumed out the inside and wiped everything down with a wet cloth. I then did a final wipe down with my liquid sand solution. I love this product. It cleans, and de glosses your piece so you don’t have to sand it the traditional way with sand paper. I have used this product for years on everything I paint, including cabinets, and it is easy to find in the paint section at your hardware store. All you have to do is put some solution on a clean rag and give the piece a good wipe down. After the piece is wiped down with the liquid sand I gave it a coat of Zinsser primer. Sometimes I do this, sometimes I don’t. I always use it before I paint laminate furniture, and in this case, when the piece is just a little rough or you don’t know if you are painting over an oil base paint or not. It also seals in any odor, so it is a great thing to do if you are going to store any dishes or food in the cabinet.


After I cleaned it, I removed the doors and primed the piece. I let it sit an hour or so then took some fine sand paper and lightly went over the piece. Doing this step ensures a smooth finish between coats.


I then took basic enamel wall paint with a satin finish and went to work painting the piece. I love using just plain wall paint I have left over from projects. It goes on great, and is low odor and easy to use. Sometimes I use a foam roller to give it a sprayed on look, but I just used a brush in this case and it went on just fine.


I painted the inside of the piece first since I was using a lighter color. I did two coats of paint lightly sanding between coats, and the coverage was great. I always do two coats of paint on furniture and cabinets whether they need it or not just to prevent dinging and wear. At this point you can do a top coat of a satin polyurethane, but I never do. The one thing I love about using the wall paint is that the paint doesn’t have to be sealed. It is a step I can avoid.

dsc_1985 I let the paint sit over night then started distressing it just a little. I wanted it to look a little old and worn. I love how when you sand the edges of furniture the details and lines start to pop. That is what happened with this piece. Obviously this is a step you can do, or avoid depending on your taste or style. When I distress furniture I always give it at least a day, or ideally more, to let the paint cure. Otherwise if the paint isn’t dry all the way, you can actually pull paint off, and it turns into a big mess. After I distressed it, I brought it into the room and looked to see how it went in there. I loved it! The only thing missing was the top. When we bought this it didn’t have a top, so we had to create on ourselves.


We measured the top and went and bought a pre cut pine board. You can find these at the hardware store for not a lot of money. This particular one was the perfect size, so we didn’t need to cut it down. We just brought it home, gave it a good sanding, applied stain, and sealed it with waterlox stain sealer.



I love how it turned out, like it was made for this room. If you are willing to hunt and do a little work, you can have a great piece of furniture with very money for any room in your house.

I'm Erin, a busy mom of three, chauffeur, cook, housekeeper, and wanna be decorator. I love old movies, good books, and a daily trip to Lowes. We have recently bought a new home...one we are fixing up and changing everything. This blog is to record our renovating journey. This is not the first house we have done. Actually, it is our third. My husband and I love a project. Any project. We both love working on our home, have the same taste, (which is great), and love working and re purposing things on our budget. We can show you how to put together a high end and creative look without breaking the bank. Taking something old and recreating it into something new and exciting for any room is my passion. Hope you enjoy this decorating journey with us!