Holiday To-Do List

How is your holiday to-do list going?

Mine is quite extensive, starting with a kitchen makeover.

Then there was a cabinet that was earmarked to go to the hospice, I had already bought a replacement. I came across a post somewhere (who knows where) about a black cabinet with gold handles.

I was inspired. That cabinet I was giving to the hospice would look good like that! So onto my to-do list it went.

It went below 'make a new plywood bench', 'paint kitchen cupboards and shelving', 'sort pantry', 'weed garden', 'annual studio clear out', you get the picture, low in the priority stakes.

But have a guess what I have ticked off my list and what is still waiting to be done....

And you know what? I'm not bothered. I am thrilled with how the cabinet looks. I didn't even know I needed another cabinet in my kitchen/dining area but apparently I do. It is staying.

This was a straight forward upcycling job. I sanded everything back and started my paint layers, four in total. The final 2 layers were chalk paint, see below for the easy recipe.

The last thing I did was add a wax layer. Done. I did sand between each coat and before the wax, not normally done with chalk paint but I wanted a smooth finish.


  • Mix 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup of room temperature water. Stir the mixture until it's completely smooth.

  • Mix the plaster and water mixture with one cup of flat latex paint. Stir thoroughly.

  • The wax I used was not an expensive one (Like the Karen Walker Vintage wax with a tint which is absolutely lovely, I have tried it) but it was an off the shelf from Bunnings and worked just as well.

So while I was in my makeover mode I found some other easy projects to vamp up my space.

I used another painting technique I stumbled across - Baking soda/Powder paint. Yes, weird but real. I had never heard of it and I loved the effect. It gave smooth surfaces real texture and I tried it out on the flower pots which you can see below.

Want to know more? Keep an eye out for my next upcycling blog where I will go into more detail.

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