Shabby Chic Chalk Paint Upcycled Cabinet

Upcycled Vintage Cabinet with Chalk Paint

Today’s post is a shabby chic cabinet makeover.  When we saw it Hubs and I both knew we wanted it.  It has such gorgeous lines but was in really rough shape.  The second I saw it I knew it was going to become a printer cabinet for the office, hubs thought it was gorgeous and was surprised to hear he had no woodworking to do on it.

Old wood furniture cabinet with badly damaged veneer waiting for furniture repair and a chalk paint refinish in blush pink. Shabby Chic Vintage Cabinet,Shabby Chic Upcycled Cabinet, chalk painted furniture ideas.

This little cabinet has lots of issues.  I don’t know what it was originally.  The back is gone and the top is only attached to one corner.  There are holes on the shelves and I don’t think it ever had doors.  It also has a broken veneer top with parts missing.

Having no back on the cabinet makes it perfect for a printer.  The cabinet needs stabilizing as its very shaky.   Instead of adding a full panel on the back I attached a 1 by 2 across the back attaching it with small nails.   Then the screws that hold the shelves in place were tightened.

Once the shelves were tightened and the cabinet stabilized I took off the top, applied glue and reattached it to the cabinet with its original screws.

Remove the Veneer

Because the veneer was in such bad shape I decided to paint the cabinet and simply remove the veneer. To remove the veneer I soaked a towel in water and placed it on the top.  I left it overnight and then used a paint scraper to lift the veneer.  The veneer on the cabinet was pretty tough it took three days for me to soak all the veneer off, but it worked.

Chalk paint furniture project in blush pink. An old broken cabinet becomes a shabby chic blush pink printer cabinet.Shabby Chic Vintage Cabinet,Shabby Chic Upcycled Cabinet, chalk painted furniture ideas.
Paint the Cabinet

For this cabinet, I followed the instruction on the chalk paint and did not sand it first.  The cabinet was washed with soap, water, and vinegar and left to dry.

Then I added two coats of blush pink chalk paint letting it dry between coats.

A small antique cabinet that was ruined receives furniture repair and blush pink chalk paint makeover. Shabby Chic Vintage Cabinet,Shabby Chic Upcycled Cabinet, chalk painted furniture ideas.

Waxing the Cabinet

This cabinet won’t see much wear and tear.  It will have ornaments placed on it and the occasional heat from the printer is in use, but it won’t ever see a coffee cup or regular wear and tear.

To seal the paint I first applied two coats of clear chalk paint wax with a chalk wax brush and then polished it with a soft cloth.  I put on two coats.  Once all the surfaced were waxed I added a little dark wax into the grooves of the legs and of course that beautiful scroll.

Antique wood scrolling refinished in blush pink and repaired.

This is the first time I tried using dark wax.  I rubbed it in with a brush and then used a soft cloth to buff it.   It’s really fun to play with this stuff, my first choice is always to go light and bright.  This time I broke away from my usual style. What do you think, is it dark enough?

Pretty blush pink chalk painted make over project. An old cabinet becomes a french provincial shabby chic printer cabinet.

The two shelves on this cabinet are the perfect height for the printer and the paper tray. This will be placed downstairs beside my feminine chalk painted desk.

Office and Craft Room Update

The downstairs office and craft room are progressing very slowly.  A photography friend assessed my lighting and said I need a full lighting kit nothing else will help.   I went to get a recommended lighting kit from Amazon and they can’t send it due to a shipping restriction.  Go figure.   I will sort it out and then finally take some pictures downstairs.

The heating needs to be reconfigured downstairs it’s freezing down there. If the vents aren’t reconfigured I have to get a plugin heater.  Hubs really doesn’t want an electric heater because of fire hazard and the high cost of hydro.    We have to sort it out because when I sit down there I shiver from the cold.

I have a few other projects going on in the craft room  I cannot wait to get it all put together, clean it and start using it fulltime.

Anyone ever figure out how to paint a printer Pink?

Update a broken radio cabinet into a blush pink printer cabinet.


  1. I love using chalk paint! You’re project turned out great. You’re my feature this week at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Congrats! See you at the party!

  2. That’s an amazing transformation. It really was in terrible shape before. No idea how to get your printer pink but at least the shelf it sits on is super pretty!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Julie. I use to have a pink laptop, but I have never seen a pink printer, sigh, it would be fun.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Melissa. I am luckily putting together a craft room so the pink suits my personal space.

  3. You want to paint the printer pink to match the cabinet eh? Who can blame you. Once you get bitten by the painting bug, you are bitten for life. I was just thinking about painting my phone. Lol! Leanna I think you did a tremendous job with this poor thing. And the dark wax only serves to enhance its beauty!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks a million Mary, I have refinished lots of furniture but am new to chalk paint and the different waxes. I appreciate your thumbs up as I know your fantastic at it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Sam. I really appreciate your positive expert opinion. Dark wax was daunting but I wanted to try it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      The blush pink is certainly one of my favorites. I love the soft femininity of it. Thanks for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Michelle. I felt really lucky to be able to go and pick some peonies for inside. We had a huge storm here that beat up so many of my flowers but luckily it didn’t hurt my peonies at all. Thank you for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Carol. This little cabinet has such pretty scroll work, it deserved a makeover.

  4. Amazing – it looks perfect in that blush color and the dark wax really helps bring out the detail. You definitely gave that little cabinet a new lease on life. Beautiful job! (And no, I don’t know how to paint a printer pink!!)

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Kristine. Manufactures make pink fridges, laptops, coffee pots etc but no printers. I would settle for shiny gold even. Oh well for now I love my new printer cabinet.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Michele. This cabinet was a labour of love. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  5. What a pretty cabinet! I love your tip for removing veneer. We’ve had some pretty horrendous painted furniture fails lately, and that kind of tip would have been so helpful! I would love it if you would share this at the Happy Now Link Up. It goes live every Tusday at 7am!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Leslie: I will go find your party and add it to my calendar. Link parties are great.

  6. It looks so beautiful!! The blush color is just perfect!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Anika, I have to admit I am using the blush pink colour lots lately. Its almost my new white lol.

  7. Oh, you choose my favorite blush pink! This looks simply stunning! What an amazing transformation. I have to keep my eyes peeled for a piece like this one. Oh, it’s so dreamy! Pinning!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Carolann. I am so glad blush pink is trendy right now, its such a favorite colour of mine. Marie from the Interior Frugalista commented that she thinks it is an old radio cabinet which makes total sense. As your an Easterner you should be able to find one.

  8. This is such a gorgeous cabinet. I am so glad you saw the potential of how it could be saved. You sure brought it back to life.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Debra. This little jewel has a permanent home again. It just has so much character.

  9. Wow! What an amazing transformation! It would be tempting to pass up something rickety and with damaged veneer, but those legs and the design sure were worth saving. It looks wonderful. 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, its strange how I saw it and knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Thank you for your positive feedback I wasn’t totally confident with the dark wax.

  10. What a fantastic makeover!! I love when some one takes an old piece of furniture and breathes new life into it and you have done just that!! Kudos to you!!
    Thanks so much for visiting!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debbie: Thank you very much. It does feel good to take something broken and make it usable again.

  11. She looks so gorgeous now, that blush color suits her and I don’t think you went to dark at all Leanna. She’s lovely. As to painting your printer, I’m not sure how you’d do that. I wonder if spray paint would work? Then again HP might not honor the warranty if it’s been painted. Anyways, I hope the heating and the lighting get sorted out in your craft room so we can see what you’ve done. It’s always so frustrating when there’s just not enough light to take pictures

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      You got that right Michelle. I went to look for lights and it was thousands lol. Ummm NOT lol. I will reach out to some local bloggers and see if they needed to buy lighting. Thank you for commenting I am glad you approve of the way I did the dark wax.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am able to do a craft room office for myself. So I can paint it as girlish as I want to. I love this blush pink. Thank you very much for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Amber, the office is for me so I can make it as pink and blingy as I like and am having fun doing it.

  12. Gorgeous find, Leanna, It’s almost identical (but yours has nicer feet) to mine that was once my great Grandmothers. I suspect, like mine, it used to be a radio cabinet. Love how you painted it your signature blush color and such a pretty printer stand!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh wow Marie, that makes perfect sense. The old radios were likely about as wide as this printer is. I was really excited when I found it, because I knew I could put it to good use in the new office.

      Thanks for your thumbs up its means lots coming from you.

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