When I’ve got this beautiful small cabinet, there was a quite large hole in the back panel, also part of the base frame was coming out and there was a thick layer of emulsion paint on it that wasn’t helping to show the beauty of this little cabinet. But I saw the potential straight away.

Display cabinet painted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 'Olive' and 'Emile'
Display cabinet painted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ‘Olive’ and ‘Emile’

First my husband striped the old paint out, which there is no need to do that when you work with flat matt paint like Annie Sloan and Autentico, but because I didn’t like the texture of the thick layer of paint I thought that was better to remove the old paint and restart from there.

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Stripped cabinet

After the stripping job, I gave one coat of ‘Old White’ by Annie Sloan, because I was going to distress the final coat in ‘Olive’, and I wanted the white to be showing underneath and also the bare wood too, to create a very shabby chic country style look.

One coat of 'Old White'
One coat of ‘Old White’

Then I gave one coat of Annie Sloan ‘Olive’ on the outside and one coat of the ‘Emile’ on the inside including shelves.

I’ve let it dry for one day before starting with waxing, distressing and waxing again, until I’ve got the desired look. I’ve applied dark wax on the outside to create an old look. On the inside I’ve finished with clear wax on the side panels and lacquer on the shelves for a durable finishing. On the back panel I’ve applied a beautiful floral wallpaper that I also have used on the drawers bottom too.

Floral wallpaper at the back bring both colour together
Floral wallpaper at the back bring both colour together

At the end the result was quite amazing for a little cabinet that can be used in any room around the house and can make quite a focal point too. The olive green and lilac colour worked perfect together with the help of the floral wallpaper.

This job took us 5 days to finish but because we’ve decided to strip the old paint, if wasn’t for that I would have finished in 2 days.

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Graham and Brown Rosamund Wallpaper - Lilac
Graham and Brown Rosamund Wallpaper – Lilac
Annie Sloan 'Emile'
Annie Sloan ‘Emile’
Annie Sloan 'Olive'
Annie Sloan ‘Olive’

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