DIY Painted Antique Cabinet Makeover

Pushing up my sleeves, and getting my paint game on! Sharing the difference a coat of fresh paint can make on this antique cabinet makeover.

linen storage cabinet

Today felt like a good day to finally makeover this antique bead-board cabinet I picked up for our living room.  I’d like to tell you a little bit about this piece, share all about the paint I am using and take you along to see it transform.

Antique Cabinet before makeover

I picked up this storage cabinet, cupboard, hutch – whatever you want to call it – at an antique store quite awhile ago.  I immediately fell in love with it.


Prefer to see the painting in action? I’ve got a video for this post!

I loved the shape, the size, the simplicity, and I even loved the chippy paint and wear that was obvious from this old piece. 

chipping paint on antique cabinet

I also loved the price, coming at just over $100.  I’d seen similar cupboards priced over $1000. 

What I didn’t love, was the color.  I’ve just never been a fan of candy apple green, but I bought it thinking I could like it in a kids bedroom.  Well, when we got it home, I found it to be the perfect size for this spot beside our TV and mantel, and I knew it would be the perfect storage for our extra blankets, linens and pillows. 

I had known all along I didn’t want built-in shelving here, but rather some really cool furniture pieces to create more of a curated home look.  But the candy apple green did not fit in with my earthy color tone palette for this new space.  That’s when I knew it needed to be painted. 


Let me tell you about the paint I used.  I’m excited to be trying out some new-to-me paint, from a company I have partnered with before on my blog and YouTube channel.  Pure and Original sent me some of their Classico Chalk based paint, which I was told was perfect for furniture makeovers. 

Pure & Original paint

I used their Marrakech paint on our walls to achieve a concrete like or Venetian plaster like appearance.  And I used their durable Licetto paint for our trim and doors, which you can see in my kitchen painting post.

If you want to take a look at their images from their website, you’ll see the Classico chalk paint is also great for achieving a beautiful matte chalk appearance on walls, with a smooth consistent velvety finish. It’s really very lovely!

And I love that their paints are naturally pigmented making all sorts of dreamy earthy color tones.  Another great perk, Classico is durable enough that you don’t even need a finishing wax. 

Pure & Original paint colors

I selected this color called “Evening Shadow” for the outside of this cabinet, because I felt it went really well with the color “Ashes” on our contrasting trim.  For the inside of the cabinet, I selected a slightly darker color called “Earth Stone”.  Both colors seem to have a bit of blues and grays. You can order your own hand panted color card HERE.

Pure & Original paint


When it came to the prep work for this piece, I did not do a whole lot except for scrub it down really good.  This piece was pretty dirty and grimy.  Pure and Original sent me some of their non-toxic, all purpose Super Cleaner, which I diluted and used to help scrub off a lot of the dirt and grease.

Pure & Original Super Cleaner


I used a couple of Pure and Original brushes to apply my paint. I felt a brush would help me paint in the crevices of this bead-board better than a roller would.  I used a nice thick fat 2 inch pure bristle brush, and a pointed one for the corners and edges.

pure & original classico paint project


You can see more of the process in my YouTube video, but painting a cabinet is pretty straightforward. I taped off areas I didn’t want paint on. I worked from the inside out.

first coat of paint on antique cabinet

I ended up needing 2 coats of the Classico Chalk Paint. I felt like it had really great coverage, and the 2 pints of paint were just enough.

second coat of paint on antique cabinet


Ready to see how it all turned out?! I’d love to hear if you like it or if you would have left it alone.

linen storage cabinet

Once the piece was all painted, dried, I played around filling it up with all our extra linens.  Let’s open it up and check out the inside.

old door handles on cabinet
Painted Antique Linen storage cabinet

My husband built me a couple of shelves inside for some much needed storage.

blanket storage

The outside color, “Evening Shadow” turned out to look like a very lovely shade of earthy blue/gray.  It seems just a hair darker than our trim color, which is exactly what I was hoping for!

linen storage cabinet

After getting it painted, I liked how clean it looked, and decided not to distress it too much.  Just a bit on the bottom here and there, which looks more natural to me.

linen storage cabinet

I really really like the inside color “Earth Stone” and kind of wish I would have done it on the outside!  It’s a lovely earthy blue/black tone and really helps all my white linens pop against the darker color.

linen storage cabinet

On the bottom shelf, I’ve filled it up with our extra pillows and pillow forms.  I think it will be handy to have them there for when we want to swap out pillows or build blanket forts!

linen storage cabinet

This middle shelf holds our big heavy duvet’s and duvet covers.  When summer comes, we don’t like to have such heavy bedding, and this was the perfect spot to store those for the season.

linen storage cabinet

The top shelf has a mixture of extra bedding and throw blankets.  I didn’t realize I had collected so many white blankets, but now I am glad I did.  It feels very pretty and cohesive in here. 

linen storage cabinet

On the top of the cabinet, I just added a vintage basket for our favorite cozy throw blankets that are easy to grab and put away for movie nights. 

basket of blankets

We haven’t had our pillows and blankets since we moved from our last house, because they were all sitting in boxes in storage.  It was so wonderful to pull them out and have them available. It’s funny the things you miss.  I did end up getting rid of a bunch of extra ones I just didn’t want to hold on to, and I wanted to make sure they would all fit comfortably in the new linen storage cabinet we now have available.

Painted Antique Linen storage cabinet

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this transformation!

Painted Antique Linen storage cabinet

This thrifted hutch I shared on my blog not too long ago is another favorite furniture transformation. I also enjoyed making over this Antique German Sleigh Bed.

There are a lot of great paint products you can use to makeover furniture, but I really enjoyed trying the Classico this time around. I’d love to hear what has been a favorite paint for you!

Pure and original paint cans

I hope you get to check out all the lovely products and home pictures found on the Pure and Original website.  I’m dying to try their Fresco lime paint next!

linen storage cabinet

I do have some more painting projects to do for our living room space, and our furniture is SO CLOSE to being delivered.  If you missed it, the design plans for our living room are also on my blog. I can’t wait to pull this space together and do another reveal post for you. 

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