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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

State Fair Farmhouse Cupboard

Certain painted kitchen cabinets have the ability to give your house a vintage country look. This State Fair Farmhouse Cupboard is definitely one of those kitchen or living room ideas. All you need is an old cupboard, and this tutorial will show you how to distress furniture with paint. You'll soon have a special cupboard for all your antique china and linens. You may even be inspired to give more furniture that coveted vintage look. This prize-worthy furniture piece is one that the neighbors will be raving about.

How to Paint FurnitureYou can find this project, and many more just like it, in our new free eBook, How to Paint Furniture:  19 Upcycled Furniture Projects free eBook from DecoArt!

 

State Fair Farmhouse Cupboard

Materials:

Americana® Decor™ Accessories

  • Waxing & Finishing Brush (ADB01)

Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint

  • Everlasting (ADC01)

Americana® Decor™ Crème Waxes

  • Clear (ADM01)

Other supplies

  • Water container
  • Sandpaper
  • 2" flat brush
  • Soft cloth or old T-shirt
  • Wooden hutch and dresser base

 

Instructions:
Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Use the cloth to wipe down the furniture pieces to remove dust, etc.


     
  2. Use a 2" flat brush and Everlasting to apply one or two coats to both furniture pieces, painting over the hardware as well as the wood.


     
  3. Once dry, distress the paint with sandpaper to allow some of the original wood finish to show through in areas where wear would naturally occur. For example: around handles and on edges.


     
  4. Wipe down the furniture pieces with a soft cloth or use vacuum cleaner to remove all dust.
     
  5. Using a waxing brush, apply an even coat of Clear Crème Wax over the entire piece, including the hardware. When dry to the touch, buff the wax to a smooth finish.

 

Notes:

  • Distressing can also be accomplished with a damp cloth before paint is totally dry/cured.
     
  • For smooth brushstrokes, paint in the direction of the wood grain. Also, better quality brushes result in a smoother finish. Use inexpensive chip bristle brushes if obvious brush strokes and texture are desired.
     
  • When waxing, light coats will make for an easier buffing process.
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I love to use chalk paint to update furniture. Chalk paint is super easy to use and I love the fact that with most furniture pieces, very little prep work is required. I like the way this hutch turned out, the only thing I would do differently is I would not paint the hardware with chalk paint. I might paint it a different color or would change it out completely with something new. Good job!

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