Layered Chalk Paint Dry Sink Upcycle

Learn how to use a layered chalk paint technique to update furniture. This process is similar to my blended ombre dresser and just as much fun!

I’m a sucker for furniture that has lost it’s original purpose. There was no way that I could walk away from this sad dry sink, especially when I was offered a cheap price! It had so much potential to be beautiful and useful again.

Layered chalk paint

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Dry Sink Before

dry sink before

This piece dates to the 60s or 70s, so it wasn’t a precious antique.

dry sink before - top

The dry sink part had a spot for glasses, so I guess it was used as a bar. That part was impossible to clean. The top was laminate and I knew that painting it would be tricky.

So I broke out the pry bar and gave it a new look. It took some muscle and a hacksaw to cut through the remaining screws, but it was worth it.

New top nailed in place

I made a new top for it using this technique and then simply nailed it in place.

Why would you layer chalk paint?

Layered chalk paint gives more depth than a simple, one color paint job. It’s great for a boho look. It’s also a really fun way to paint.

Layered Chalk Paint Dry Sink Upcycle

This is one of my favorite painting techniques. It’s so much fun!

Although it requires multiple colors, it ends up using very little paint.

Supplies Needed

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Prep the Furniture

  1. Remove the hardware. You would be surprised how dirty it is underneath!
  2. Clean thoroughly. This piece was dirtier than most and had to vacuumed out, in addition to wiping down with simple green cleaner.
  3. Even the felt drawer liner needed a good cleaning. Afterwards, I let it dry in the sun to prevent mildew.
  4. Lightly sand the cabinet so that the paint sticks well.

Click here to read about the best brush for chalk paint.

Paint the Furniture

  1. Then I started painting using Tropical Cocktail as the base coat. It needed 2 coats of paint.
    base coat of country chic tropical cocktail
  2. Then the fun began. I painted Reverie in the corners and recesses of the cabinet.
    layered chalk paint process
  3. Then I added Simplicity to the middle parts of each panel or raised part.
    Layered chalk paint process
  4. Spray it all with a water bottle on mist.
  5. Use a clean paint brush to start blending.
    layered chalk paint process
  6. Repeat for every part of the cabinet, blending and adding paint as you like.
    layered chalk paint process
  7. Wipe your brush on a clean rag if it gets too wet.
  8. Keep going until you’re happy with the look. You can add more water or paint until you’re happy. 
    layered chalk paint process

Finishing the Layered Chalk Paint Cabinet

Click here to read how to apply polycrylic without streaks.

  1. Brush on 2 coats of polycrylic to protect the paint job.
  2. Add new knobs when the paint is dry.
    layered chalk paint aqua buffet
  3. The inside was refreshed with some hemp oil. Just wipe it on, let it sit and wipe it off. It refreshes old wood and makes it look new again.
    inside of cabinet refreshed with hemp oil

This paint blends so easily and is so much fun to work with. Be sure to check out all of the amazing furniture tutorials from Country Chic Paint!

aqua layered chalk paint cabinet

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