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Trash Can Cabinet Makeover

Thrift Shopping: One of my favorite things to do. Want to know why? You get to stumble upon amazing purchases like this one and create it however you like. We have been searching for a trash can cabinet for awhile now. We looked at possibilities online and were looking at $100-$150 if we would buy one ready to go. NO THANK YOU. Popped into our local goodwill and look what showed up!! It was perfect for a painting project. $10 is what I snagged it for – which I thought was more than reasonable.

This is the kind of small project that I recommend for newbies because you don’t have much to lose. Find some piece at a thrift store for five-ten bucks and give it a go! If you mess up, you’re not out too much in the piece of furniture itself and the time and materials you’ve put into it.

Here is the step by step process I used to get this look:

  1. I cleaned the entire piece with a damp soapy washcloth and dried it.
  2. I used the color “Old White” by Annie Sloan (One of my favorites.) I put two coats on the entire piece. You could add a third if you really wanted to – but since I was going to put dark and clear wax on top, it didn’t need it.

3. After dry (takes about 20 minutes for each layer to dry) – I used an old rag to apply the dark wax next. On this piece, I went over the whole cabinet. You can choose to JUST apply it to the corners if you’d like as well.

4. Clear wax is next. (This is the fun part). When you use the clear wax over the dark, you can make the dark fade away as much as you like, depending on how much you rub in the clear coat. SO – if you don’t like a certain way you did the dark wax…don’t fret because you can fix when you get to clear wax step! Amazing!

5. I let the wax sit and cure for about 12 hours before moving the piece

5. New pull – I found mine at the local Hobby Lobby. $3