It seems I have a penchant for painting my late grandmother’s old furniture. You may remember the coffee table I wrote on of her’s. This kitchen cart was Grandma’s, but it had seen better days. It has been hanging out in my Dad’s kitchen for years now. My sister Caitlin decided to rope me into giving this kitchen cart a quick makeover over the holidays.
It actually turned into the perfect opportunity to try BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder. The powder is mixed with water first and then any flat latex paint to create a smooth, durable chalk paint that can be painted directly over any surface regardless of whether it is bare wood, metal, or previously painted. Primer is not needed! For a soft durable finish, you can add a coat of BB Frösch Clear Wax.
I can’t wait to show you how this chalk powder works and how quickly you can give furniture a makeover.
- 1 TBSP BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder
- 8 oz. Latex Paint (tester paints work perfect for this)
- 1 TBSP warm water
- Container to mix paint in
- Paint Stirrer
- Paint Brush
- Wet rag
- Clean dry rag
- BB Frösch Clear Finishing Wax (or other furniture wax)
Optional (for butcher block top):
- Power sander
- Sanding discs in three grits
- Dust mask
- Mineral oil
Begin by wiping off your kitchen cart with the damp rag.
To remove the butcher block top, turn the cart upside down and remove the screws holding the top in place.
Lightly sand the rest of the cart with a sanding block. It helps to enlist the help of one adorable niece for this step.
Sand the butcher block top outside with a dust mask on. (Caitlin looks a little too stylish for this task. I need to talk her into getting some DIY-worthy clothes like my Duluth Trading Co. flannel shirt—my favorite shirt ever!)
Meanwhile, while my sister is slaving over the butcher block, we can start to mix the paint. You can be precise or you can eyeball it like I do. Add 2 tbsp of BB Frösch chalk paint powder to 1 tbsp warm water.
Stir the powder and water until you have a donut glaze consistency. (If you need to add more water or powder you can.)
Stir 8 oz. (1 cup) of flat latex paint into the chalk paint mixture and stir until mixed thoroughly. Can you see how the BB Frösch paint differs from most of the DIY chalk paint mixtures? This paint is smooth with almost no lumps. You can also tailor the thickness of the mixture by adding water to thin or less water for a thicker paint.
Paint the chalk paint directly onto the kitchen cart. (I used two coats on our’s.)
While the paint is drying, you can wax the butcher block if you won’t be cutting food on it. If you are, use mineral oil or something that is food safe.
After the paint has completely dried, gently sand the surface to remove any bumps or excess paint. Apply a thin coat of wax and buff it off with a dry rag.
Replace the butcher block back onto the cart. It has a beautiful luster after waxing.
The cart looks so much better and is ready to be loved for many more decades.
Caitlin and I discussed replacing the knob, but we ran out of time. Don’t you think a new knob would give this cart a little extra personality?
One more time, remember what the kitchen cart used to look like?
And the after:
Do you have any pieces of furniture lying around that need a quick makeover? I’d definitely recommend trying the BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder. It’s a great product and you don’t have to spend a fortune on a large quart of pre-mixed chalk paint.
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I was sent one small container of BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder to test. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you. Rest assured, I don’t share products that I don’t love. And I will always disclose to you if I was sent a product for free and if you are reading a sponsored post.