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Coffee Drinkers Anonymous
Hello. My name is Katie, and I have a coffee addiction. I’m sure that I’m not alone, but they say that admitting it is the first step to the cure right? Or maybe I don’t want to be cured! You probably don’t know this about me, but in my regular real world job I work twelve hour night shifts. Coffee is life. Coffee starts my ‘day’, coffee gives me my ten pm, midnight, and two am pick-me-ups.
So it is appropriate then, that I wanted a real deal coffee bar in my house. If you check out my Pinterest you will find DOZENS of adorable magazine worthy coffee bars, and I was determined that ‘some day’ I would have one. It just so happens that recently a friend of mine gifted me a cabinet that she wasn’t going to use! My some day was here! The heavens shone down, angels sang, and my wish was granted!
Excited is an Understatement
In an elated fever, I ordered my paint, brush, and sealer to begin fulfilling my dream. As many of you can relate, chalk paint is beautiful, and very nice to work with. However, it can be a bit pricey. I found a brand on Amazon called Renaissance with really good reviews, and about ten dollars a quart cheaper than Annie Sloan, and gave it a shot. I also bought the recommended Dark Wax, and a new brush.
As soon as my material came in I started to work. I washed the cabinet with dish soap and a soft rag, and dried it. Then I prepped the surface with just a few light swipes of sandpaper, and wiped it down with a damp rag to remove any dust. Then I removed the hard ware, the doors, and the drawers, and set that all aside.
I decided to go with a dark mahogany stain for the top, and Min-wax makes a poly stain product that goes right over any original stain. Two coats of that with a foam brush made for easy work. It is smooth, and gloriously rich.
The rest of the cabinet I decided to use the chalk paint. I knew right away that I was going to love the paint itself, because it went on so thick and smooth. But the color did scare me a little. The end product I was looking for was a super dark blue, and this was NOT it. It was still pretty though, and I had ordered the matching dark wax to go over it. So I kept my fingers crossed and continued painting. The second coat looked even better, but still super bright compared to what I was looking for.
Adding the Dark Wax
Then came the magic. Full disclosure here, I had read several different tutorials about applying the dark wax, and to be honest some of them seemed kind of complicated. Some said to brush it on thick at first, then wipe off the excess. Some said to just push it into the corners and details. I wanted the wax to be fairly consistent all through the piece, so here is what I did.
I went to my sock drawer, pulled out a single sock who had not seen its partner in at least 6 months, and put it to work. Then I dipped the sock into the wax and basically spread it on like I was applying a thin layer of stain. Once there was an even coat, I kept buffing with the sock to get the look I wanted. The effect on the first cabinet door was AMAZING! I was soooo happy how much of a difference it made. It was instantly the perfect color that I had been dreaming about. This may have made the process longer, doing it the way I did. But I cannot even tell you how much I love the way it turned out.
Sometimes, DON’T Throw Caution to the Wind
The last part is sort of interesting. Remember the hardware that I set aside? Well I noticed that it had been painted, so I worked it over with some stripping solution. Huge caution here; ALWAYS use rubber gloves and keep in a well ventilated area while using stripping solution. Preferably outside. It is super caustic stuff and WILL cause chemical burns. I’m not saying I know this first hand. I’m not saying that I didn’t use gloves. And I’m sure not saying that I had chemical burns on my hands for a couple days afterward. NOPE.
Anyway, when the hardware had been stripped of its paint, I realized that some of it was original, and some of it was clearly not. The drawer pulls were the same beautiful dark color, while the cabinet hinges were silver, and the knobs were brass! I put them all back on, just to see what color I liked the best, and to be honest, individually they all looked really cool against the blue. I took a picture of it just so you could see what I was talking about. It was really tempting to go buy all brass hardware, to match those knobs. It really looked striking.
Eventually, though, I decided to buy some dark bronze spray paint so they all would match. I would love to tell you that its done. But it isn’t. It’s on my to do list, I swear. Thing is, it’s fall here now, and seems like every chance I get to take the hardware back outside and paint, it’s raining; or at least way too cold. So I’m using the cabinet in my kitchen, and I smile every single time I make a cup of coffee. For now, imperfect is just perfect for me.