Chalk Painted Vintage Metal Cubby
Happppppy Monday!! Anyone in the mood to see a little chalk paint makeover today? I sure hope so because this weekend I got my chalk paint out and did a fun makeover on a vintage metal cubby. I’ve actually had this cubby for a while now, you can see it in this post here from a few years ago. It’s a cute little thing, but it was a dark green color on the outside and the inside of the cubbies were a weird shade of orange. Plus it was in pretty rough shape with lots of random white splotches and a bit of rust. Needless to say I wasn’t in love with it anymore, so it had been sitting in storage for at least a year now. But I decided it was time to give this baby a new look so that’s what I did this weekend. It turned out super cute and I’m excited to share it with you guys today! Let’s get started with a before shot of the cubby:
See, I told ya. Not pretty. It definitely wasn’t the best looking cubby around and as you can see it was in rough shape. So it was high time for a little makeover. Ok, here’s how it looks now:
So cute, right?! I was debating between a few different colors, but this olive grove from the Magnolia Home chalk paint line won out. I just love this color so much! It’s the perfect shade of earthy green. And funny story–As I was getting ready to paint this little guy I actually spilled the ENTIRE can of paint all over our back patio. Yep, true story. It was awful. But thankfully I was able to wash it all off the brick before it dried, which was pretty much a miracle. And I even managed to salvage about half the can of paint. It was quite the fiasco to say the least, but I still managed to get this cubby painted!
Unless I’m forgetting something, I think this is the first time I’ve ever chalk painted metal. I wasn’t sure how the paint would adhere to the metal, but it worked like a charm. I decided not to do a coat of wax, mostly because this isn’t a piece that will get a lot of wear and tear. And it won’t come in contact with water. But if I ever change my mind some day I’ll go over it with a coat of this clear wax.
My mom actually found this cubby for me at an antique store in a tiny town in southeast Colorado a few years ago. Apparently the lady that sold it to her said it was used as a mailbox for years and years at a local motel that had been torn down. I’m not sure how accurate that is, because it kinda feels more like a nut and bolt cubby to me, but it’s still a cool piece either way. And I think it looks pretty darn cute in this little spot in the dining room with its new look!
Well thanks so much for dropping by the blog today! I’d love to hear what you think of my painted cubby and be sure to let me know if you have any questions.
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