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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!