Last summer, my husband brought this cabinet home and it's been sitting in my kitchen ever since, waiting for me to do something with it. But I'm slowly and steadily working through overdue home improvement projects this summer and this is the second of my completed paint projects using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I really wanted to create an organized and efficient baking center. Up till now, my kitchen cabinets and drawers have been overflowing with baking supplies mixed in with a million other odds and ends - not a particularly workable situation. I needed a dedicated space, and this cabinet seemed like the perfect solution.
I used a vintage kitchen green as my inspiration and I when I went to buy my paint, the stockist worked with me to create the color I wanted (she painted a paper plate for me, so I could bring it home). I fine-tuned it a bit more when I got home, judging its effect when paired with my wall color and in both existing and artificial light. (As I've mentioned before, I create colors using very small amounts of paint. Once I get exactly the color I want, I make a larger batch. But the great thing about mixing colors is that you can keep track of all your experiments, painting a little swatch on an index card and making note of the ratios. The color that isn't right for the current project might be perfect for something else down the road.)
I didn't do any special effects this time as I wanted a solid, opaque color. Once I mixed my color and gave my cabinet a general cleaning, I applied two coats of paint directly over the old paint, then finished with two coats of clear wax. And fortunately for me, the original hardware and enameled top were still in good condition, making quick work of the entire job.
I find the finished piece more charming than the original and I finally have a dedicated space to store my baking supplies, with a little working space left over - exactly what I needed!
This photograph from The Fisherman's Cottage reflected all of the elments of my kitchen - wall color, appliances, plenty of silver, white, and glass mixed with black accents. So this was the green I decided to introduce into my existing neutral palette.
2 ounces Antibes Green + 5 ounces Old White + 1.5 ounces French Linen