Distressed Chalky Finish Entertainment Center Cabinet Makeover
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Primitive decor, artwork, and furniture are some of my very favorite ways to style my home. I love nothing more than filling my home with rustic pieces that make it feel warm, inviting, and cozy. The only thing I don’t love about having a primitive sense of interior style are the prices associated with many pieces I love!
Just last week, I found a small media cabinet at a large home store that was almost $500!! I love the distressed look of the wood, and the fact that it was small. I have been wanting to upgrade my small entertainment center for years, but the funds were never there for something in my style range.
Being a person who loves to save money, I figured I would attempt to turn my ugly reddish cabinet which houses many books, and my cable box into something that matched my home. Basically, I wanted to create a piece that would not look like such an outcast in my home; something I would not be embarrassed of.
Early this year, I discovered the American Decor Chalky Finish paints at my local Home Depot. I must have been living under a rock all these years because until I purchased my first 8 ounce jar in January, I have no idea it existed! Now, I guess you can say I am pretty much hooked! I have made so many craft projects with chalk paint and love the quality, texture, and finish of this brand.
As mentioned, for this entertainment center cabinet, I did not want a solid color. I wanted a distressed look that would show a couple of different layers. To achieve the distressed layering effect, you can visit the DecoArt site to learn their technique which involves using candle wax. I was initially going to use this until I decided to use the drybrushing technique.
For this project these are the supplies I used:
- American Decor Chalky Finish paint in Relic and Vintage
- 1 1/2 inch chip brush
- screw drivers to remove hardware
- non-lint rag
- plain candle *optional
- Americana Decor Creme Wax for sealing
As mentioned, I wanted to layer this piece, and distress it. There are many ways this can be done which include painting layers of different colors, and using a wax barrier before sanding to have the color peep through. You can read more about layering colors here.
For me, purposely missing spots on my cabinet is how I achieved the layered look. I went light on the base paint color and made sure my brush left streak marks and missed spaces. I did not cover the entire thing so I could minimalize my sanding.
After the base coat was dried, I dipped my cleaned paint brush in the “distressor” color which was lighter, and made sure there was not a lot of paint on the brush. I then stroked the wood and made it look streaky and achieve the drybrushing technique. I continued this until the whole piece has varying streaks. Once it was dried, I sanded some spots to allow more red to show through, and then it was time for the creme wax.
- Make sure to dust your piece off before painting, and after sanding
- Always remove all hardware and keep it in a safe place
- Sometimes plans do not work out, and that’s ok
- Keeping a damp rag on hand is a time saver
- Americana Decor Paint has little to no odor, and dries fast
- Using a cheap brush helps with achieving the distressed look
Overall, I do love the way this Distressed Chalky Finish Entertainment Center Cabinet came out. It took some time to get used to it in my living room, but I am glad I can use it in a variety of ways. This project took me me about 90 minutes and was not hard to do at all. The beauty of primitive furniture is that there is not wrong, and things do not have to be perfect!
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Theresa @DearCreatives says
I love how this turned out Amy! And all the Americana accents you added on top. I love chalky finish paints. Pinned.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I like the way it came out, but I liked it before, too. Fun spring project :)
Chelley @ AisForAdelaide says
This looks fabulous! I love country looking items, without the cost often associated!
Amber Edwards says
I am a huge fan of chalk paint! Seriously I love that stuff! And I adore the makeover of your entertainment center! I love the Patriotic look with the pillows on top! Looks perfect!
This turned out so nice! We love the distressed look. I bought a coffee table with this look. I hadn’t thought about making the look on my own, but now I can’t wait to give it a try on a bookshelf.
Now that is wicked cool! I LOVE it!!! Thanks for the tutorial
Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. I love the new look… It would look great in my living room. Very cool
Wow! That looks amazing! This would be so neat for our house. You did a wonderful job. I may just have to do this with some of our things. I love the colors!
Kelly Hutchinson says
This is such a super cute makeover. I have just recently gotten familiar with chalky paint and I love it.
Our Family World says
I love how pretty that looks. I also love how easy it was to change up the look.
tammilee Tips says
This has to be one of my favorite entertainment center makeovers I have seen! This turned out great and I love the color!
Looks pretty nice, there are a lot of different ways to get the distressed look. Your floors look great also, I’m dying to pull up the carpeting we have, but it needs to wait till the boys are a little more steady on their feet I think.
This turned out fantastic! I love it. I want to do something like it.
Sarah @ Must Have Mom says
Wow, that looks amazing! I wish I was as creative…
Ann Bacciaglia says
This turned out great. I love the colors and how old it looks. I have a cabinet i would like to try this on.
Aimee Smith says
This looks so great! I love refinishing furniture, it is quite the process though!
Tammy Roy says
What a great idea! I love this look and the colour of the cabinet. You did a fantastic job.
Jenny Temcio says
I think your accent pillows in the one pic really made the cabinet stand out! Nice job overall!
Stacey- Travel Blogger says
I love the distressed look on furniture! I am really glad it has come back in style!
Dawn McAlexander says
I have a similar piece of furniture that I am wanting to re-finish. I have been looking for some ideas! I may just use this one! Thanks!
Chalkboard paint really is the coolest. This looks fabulous!