Chalk Paint® Rescue: Cupboard

Judy and Kathleen’s Cupboard Rescue:

Before: A gorgeous old cupboard with great bones, but such a mess!


Rescued Cupboard - crown

Rescued cupboard - before

rescued cupboard: close upCabinet rescue full shotLayers upon layers of old paint, varnish, shellac, chipping paint that had to be removed,  yucky wall paper on the backboard of the upper cupboard section, and a warped interior.

A perfect project piece for  Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan!

First, we sanded off all the old chipped paint and gave it a good cleaning with a mild soap and water combo. Because of all the old layers of varnish and who knows what all else, we decided as a precaution to seal it with Artisan Enhancements Top Coat.

Cabinet Rescue: Duck Egg Blue Wash

Cabinet Rescue: CorniceThis pretty piece had lived it’s life as blue and white for a long, long time.  so we decided to refurbish rather than change the color scheme completely. Annie Sloan’s popular Old White and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® gave us just the right colors and tone we were looking for.

Judy working on the trim details

Judy patiently working on the details.

The trim and detail work on the edges and cabinet door faces are Duck Egg Blue softened with an Old White wash.  However, the carved trim is so beautiful on this piece we really wanted it to stand out. To emphasize it a bit more , we reversed and used Duck Egg Blue as a strong wash over Old White.

Cupboard Rescue InteriorNow, what to do about that old yucky wall paper in the top section?  Easy! Leave it there and paint over it. A quick Duck Egg Blue wash on the textured paper was a whole lot more fun than trying to remove decades old wallpaper and glue!

We lightly sprayed the interior with water and used a large Annie Sloan paint brush to smear the Duck Egg Blue adding more water as we went. This technique allowed us to leave it a bit darker toward the edges and lighter in the middle giving it depth.

Painting the chicken wire door was also a breeze. The key there is not to overload your paint brush.

And the finished product….. the rescued cupboard in all it’s  Chalk Paint® glory.

Rescued Cupboard: after


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