Welcome to our monthly thrift store challenge! Today I’m sharing my current favorite paint finish… I’m calling it a boho paint finish. This is out of the box for me! I’m working on expanding my color palette and this finish definitely expanded it! After you read my tutorial, make sure you scroll down to see what everyone else in the challenge made this month. Here’s what the jewelry cabinet looked like when I found it at the thrift store.
NOTE: Now available in my Etsy shop! So take a look if you don’t want to paint one for yourself!
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- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | Domestically Creative
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela – Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Molly | Just a Little Creativity – Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Marie | DIY Adulation
Lynne | My Family Thyme – Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Denise | My Thrifty House – Florence | Vintage Southern Picks
Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister – Yami | The Latina Next Door
Pili | My Sweet Things – Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads
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Supplies Needed for Boho Paint Finish
- 2 shades of turquoise chalky type paint – I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, in Escape and Treasure.
- coral acrylic paint – I used Watermelon Slice.
- light green paint – I used Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Moss Green
- white chalk-type paint – I used Everlasting.
- burnt umber acrylic paint
- glazing medium
- spray bottle
- paint brushes – This is my favorite paint brush.
- palette knife
- painters tape
- sanding sponge
- felt – to match felt inside cabinet
- craft glue
- craft heat gun
How to do a Boho Paint Finish
Scroll down to watch the video. It’s long but it might be easier to understand the steps.
I started by cleaning the jewelry cabinet with a damp rag and taping the areas I didn’t want to paint, including the wire in the door and the insides of the drawers.
Step One: Base Coat
I painted the entire jewelry cabinet with the two blue paint colors, not cleaning my brush in between. While that was still wet, I came back with my palette knife and added the contrasting colors in random places. I sprayed it with water and smeared it slightly with my palette knife.
Notice I painted this with the drawers IN. I let the water drip down the sides and front.
Using a palette knife allows the colors to move around a bit but they don’t blend together like if you were using a brush.
Honestly, at this point I thought I’d ruined it. Not very pretty, right?
I used my heat gun to dry the paint, holding it close to the contrasting colors. The heat will make the acrylic and enamel paints bubble… don’t worry… that’s what you want. You can see this in the video below.
When everything was dry and had cooled off I sanded it well with my sanding sponge.
Step Two: White Wash
Next, I painted a thinned down coat of white paint over the whole cabinet.
After it dried, I sanded again, focusing on the corners to give it a distressed look.
Step Three: Glaze
Then I mixed a little burnt umber with the glaze and brushed it on and wiped it off with a rag. When that was dry I gave it a final sanding.
See what a great texture the heat gun gives the paint?
I love that multi-layered paint look.
Here’s the Facebook Live video where I showed how to do this method on a photo holder board.
I did get a little crazy with the water bottle on this one and ended up getting paint inside the door. So, as you can see, I covered up the paint stains with some fresh felt.
What do you think?
Is it a keeper?
If you enjoyed this boho paint finish, you might also like these articles:
- The Ultimate Guide to Jewelry Box Makeovers
- 7 Alternative to Glass Doors in Your Jewelry Cabinet Makeovers
- Red Jewelry Cabinet Makeover with Paint, Stencils, & Metallic Wax
- Boho Paint Finish Tutorials
- How to Layer Paint on Furniture
Thanks for reading! Now… check out what my blogging friends made!
‘Til the next project,