don't settle


I finally repainted the wine cabinet yesterday.  I decided on Benjamin Moore's Waterloo, which the girl at the paint counter at Ace Hardware made into a chalk paint for me at no extra cost.  I panicked a bit when I first applied it because it looked so flat and well, chalky.  (I know a real "duh" moment for me, it is chalk paint after all.)

I knew it needed a coat of wax but I was not willing to pay what they're asking for it so I googled a home made version.  By the time I would have purchased all that was required to make it myself the savings would have been minimal.  I searched for an alternative and found a tutorial where someone suggested using Minwax Polycrylic finish.  I had that in my paint cupboard already so I gave it a try near the back of the piece where I could hide it if I hated it.

It worked like a charm.  I used clear satin and it gave just enough of a shiny finish to make the blue really pop.

I am so glad I didn't settle for the okay blue that I originally painted it and splurged on another quart of paint.  Which by the way, I plan on using to paint my husbands dresser in our bedroom next month.

All that's left in the dining room is to rehang my picture gallery and make up some new place mats.  I am still shooting for a reveal on Monday.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by, I'm always surprised and happy when you do!

xo, Patty


  1. It is perfect Patty!! I will make a note of what you used instead of wax. I think I have some too!!
    xo Kris

  2. It's beautiful! I have finally come to a place in my life where I am learning the lesson to not settle for what I don't like. It's an important one!

  3. Love that shade of blue! Loving the colors in your dining room...can't wait to see the whole thing.

  4. Patti,
    Lovin' the hue of your cabinet!!!
    What an amazing transformation!!!

  5. Gosh, that is a gorgeous shade of blue. Nice job! Susan

  6. Patty, Thank you for popping over and commenting on my art journal. Hopefully you will find time to enjoy some art process in your own journal. I enjoyed your post on keeping it real and the balancing act. I like to keep my blog mostly happy, but sometime reality pops in and I feel that it only shows that I am human. Also enjoy coming here and seeing your post on IG. Happy day!


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