~ School House Cabinet ~

This is a school cabinet that I found at a garage sale for $50.00.

It sits in my Chalk Paint stockist room...so I wanted to use many painting techniques.

The cabinet is painted in Paris Grey and Old White.

I used a grain sack stencil...very important to use a long level to center stencil when both doors are not level.

You can purchase great stencils at Maison de Stencils.

Use a torpedo level to level the top of the stencil.

I used Graphite for the stencil

I mixed Old White with the Clear Wax...waxed over the Paris Grey.
Scraped, sanded and used steel wool to distress all over the cabinet.
Waxed the cabinet doors with Dark Wax and wiped away the excess wax.
Next ...waxed over the stencil with the Old White wax mixture and distressed some more.  

Today I will buff the cabinet to give a lustrous look.

What do you  think?  Do you like it?

Lady Butterbug

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Freckle Face Kids said...

Love it..can't wait until the 18th so you can show me all of these great tricks!!

Gigi said...

I don't like it, I LOVE it! Great find and great job painting it!

Chrissie said...

What a gorgeous piece! I absolutely love it!

Lulu Lane Designs said...

LOVE It!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Amanda said...

just lovely!! great job!

Anonymous said...


Absolutely beautiful, I wish I could come to your class, but I live in Ma. too far. I love the chalk paint. I did a couple of pieces, did you mix the clear wax with the paint?? I love this, but don't know how much to mix, also the stencil how did you do it??
it is so beautiful, and, I just love this paint,

Lady Butterbug said...


I used Graphite to stencil and did mix a small amount of Old White to the clear wax working this over some of the blue and stencil area.

Ranger 911 said...

Another beautiful piece! Makes me want to paint all of my old wood pieces.

Kim said...

Looks beautiful Karla. I just finished a piece last nite using the same Chalk Paint combo. Love your stencil idea.
I'm here from Marian's party and I'm your newest follower. Pop over for a visit sometime!

Kim -Truly Tattered said...

Love your project! I carry this paint in my shop in California and was up until 11PM last night painting furniture in the shop! t is a little addicting!
I would love to get that stencil, could you refer a source?

vicki p said...

just gorgeous!

Sommer said...

Wow I am IN LOVE! You did a fantastic job. I would love it if you shared this at my party this weekend. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/p/where-i-link-up.html

Lady Butterbug said...

Kim and others,

If you google "grain sack stencils" the website will come up where I purchased the stencil for this cabinet. So sorry I don't remember the companies name.

SuziMoose's Blog said...

"Like it"? Goodness, UNDERSTATEMENT....LOVE it!

Visiting from linky party at MMS

Pattie said...

Gorgeous! I love it. Thanks for sharing. Found you at Miss Mustard Seed.8>)

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

it's incredible, and i love being able to see Paris Grey on actual piece before purchasing that color!

you might like my giveaway and i'd love for you to follow!


rudoo said...

Beautiful cabinet!! Where did you get the stencil?

Jodie said...

This is one of my favorite pieces that I have seen with chalk paint! I LOVE it! I bought some paint from you about a week ago and just finished! I was wondering how you buff the piece of furniture after you put the clear wax on it? Thanks!

Jodie Thompson

Theresa said...

I found your blog via Miss Mustard Seed and am thrilled!
It is beautiful and you have such great information about using chalk paint! The cabinet is gorgeous!
Have a great day!

Tammy said...

I love this piece!!!! Gorgeous! I am your newest follower via Miss Mustard Seed.

M.O.I. said...

I love it! I just found you through MMS'(hoping to win some of this amazing chalk paint!)Thank you so much for sharing. btw mixing the old white& wax=brilliant

Anonymous said...

Pure love! Found you through MMS. Love your blog! Maureen (mb99999@yahoo.com)

Kari said...

i just love this!!!!!!!!

Kirsten said...

Love, love, love this cabinet!

Great Job!


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The Beams said...

LOVE IT! And your blog is GREAT! Glad I found it!!

Tosha said...

I can't believe you are from my home town! I didn't realize there was a place that sells chalk paint there when I came to visit my family recently. You are definitely on my list on my next visit! Love the coffee table, the cabriole legs chair... all of it! I have so many projects that I keep saying I will paint when I finally get some chalk paint. Soon, very soon I hope!

Ryan said...

Fabulous! Absolutely Fabulous! Love it! Your stock room looks so cute, anyways! :-), Ryan

Lori said...

This color combination would be perfect for my Mothers cabinets. A project I'm suppose to take care of while she's away.

Brooks Interior said...

I'm a new follower & am so anxious to try the paint!

Meddling Mother said...

Oh my gosh that is beautiful!

Bloomin Rose said...

I love how those stencils turned out on that gorgeous cabinet!

Anonymous said...

Apenas a pintura já havia deixado o móvel lindo, mas o stencil o deixou maravilhoso.
Muito bom gosto!!!
Marcia Kamal