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Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I bought all of the paint and supplies in this post with my own money. I just like to share awesome products with my friends :)

Hey friends! I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted, but a lot has happened in that short month. I'll be sharing about everything I've been up to in the next few weeks, but for now, I want to show you my latest before and after project!

I found this adorable trunk at a local antique store. It was dark and dated, but I loved the framed boxes on the front.

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

I've been looking for the perfect piece to do a faux card catalog and this. was. it. Don't you love when that happens?

First, I removed the knobs and filled the holes with paintable wood putty. Then, I sanded the fronts smooth so the entire surface was level.

Around the same time, I also ordered BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder. I had heard great things about it, so I was dying to try it! 

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

I love the idea of Chalk Paint Powder because you can add it to any paint! You're not tied down to certain colors or a certain brand, and that is so exciting for me -- I get tired of painting the same colors over and over again. I decided to go bold for this piece and went with Behr's Chilled Mint.

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

There's a small instructional pamphlet that comes with the Chalk Paint Powder and it gives you exact measurements for the amount of paint you need (so there's no guess work)! You mix the powder with water first and then add your paint. I used a mason jar to mix mine and it was super easy to do!

After a few coats of Chilled Mint, it looked like this:

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

I loved it already, but it lost a bit of character along the way. So, I distressed the edges with sand paper and then waxed the entire piece with BB Frosch's Premium Finishing Wax (I used the dark wax). 

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

If you've followed along here for a while, you know that I'm not a huge fan of wax. I still prefer a glaze and top coat for durability, but I was very impressed with BB Frosch's wax. It was much easier to apply, had less odor, and dried harder than other waxes I've used before. It gave the piece depth and character again!

My parents were in town, so I took advantage of my Dad's skills and asked him to install the new hardware (after several days of cure time for the paint and wax).

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

Are you ready for the after!?

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

What do you think!? I love the transformation!

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!

Hey guys! Hope you're having a great week so far (after all, it's only Monday haha)! Due to the cold weather, I've been focusing on smaller furniture pieces -- like the TV Stand Makeover with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint -- that I can bring inside and paint. Next on my list was this adorable coffee table I found on Craigslist:

DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!

It was in great condition, but I wanted to paint it to bring out all of the beautiful details. I still had plenty of General Finishes chalk style paint in "Empire Gray" left from my vintage chair makeover, so I decided to use it again! I knew the light color paired with distressing and a glaze would make all of the details pop!

After two coats of Empire Gray, I distressed the piece with 150 grit sand paper. Then, I glazed the piece with Paint Couture's Light Brown Sugar Glaze. To finish and seal the piece, I used General Finishes Flat out Flat top coat -- this is such a great top coat because it has absolutely no shine!

The After:

DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!

What do you think of the after?

I'm selling this cutie for $125, so if you're interested in purchasing it, please contact me!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center

When I shared my DIY coffee bar and dining room makeover last week, I told you that I moved the china cabinet into the music room. That might sound like a strange idea, but I was inspired by this china cabinet turned into an entertainment center on Pinterest. (Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original source, sorry!) Here's what I started with:

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
This china cabinet is designed a bit differently, so it wouldn't work for a large TV like the inspiration piece. Even so, it worked for the little baby TV that we have in the music room.  I would definitely suggest measuring your piece first and make sure your TV will fit before making any changes to the piece.
The first step was to remove the door. I removed the molding on each side of the door as well to give the TV a little more space.
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
I filled in the holes with paintable wood putty. Once it was dry, I sanded it smooth and then lightly sanded the entire piece. I also got a large drill bit (I think it's called a hole saw?) to make a hole for the TV cords to feed through the back of the piece.
My Mom painted this cutie while she visited a few weeks ago and I was so thankful for her help! Once she hand painted the piece and distressed it, I used my Earlex HV5500 paint sprayer to do the top coat. Here she is now!

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center


The Details:

Hardware: the white shabby knobs are from Pier 1 and the pulls are original to the piece
 Decor: the basket, coffee sign, and other accessories are all garage sale finds or instruments that we used for decoration.

I'm loving the way the music room is coming along so far! We have our vintage orange sofa, an unique coffee table, and now -- an awesome entertainment center! I can't wait to show you guys the entire room put together!

 

What do you think? Would you turn your china cabinet into an entertainment center?


Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;