Fix It

Painting Furniture – So Easy a Kid Can Do It

Back when I picked up a few old laundry cabinets someone was getting rid of on Craigslist, I planned on turning one of them into a buffet. See that project here:


I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the other cabinets I grabbed when I picked up the ones above. While I was working on this project, my 10-year-old was home sick for a few days. He asked if he could do his own project, so I gave him his own single cabinet. Here’s the color it started as…


The only thing I did to help him paint was tell him what to do. I told him to start with sanding and he asked if there was any way he didn’t have to sand, hahaha. (My kids have done plenty of sanding to help me out, so he is no longer a fan of sanding). He was very happy to hear about the existence of chalk paint:) I told him the water-to-plaster-of-paris ratio to use, then told him how much paint to mix in. Find the DIY recipe here.



We used some paint from the oops section at Lowe’s ($3-5 a gallon instead of $33) and a few colors of acrylic craft paint so he could get a color he liked. He took the door and hardware off and painted the inside and outside of the cabinet using a brush and 5″ foam roller.



He really wanted to add the word “Toys” to the front, and we ended up finding some stencils at Michaels that cost around $6-7 that we bought using a 40% off coupon. He also picked out a handle from Lowe’s that he liked that cost around $2.



I did help him center the letters on the cupboard door, but he did the stenciling himself. The trick to getting a perfect stencil is using a minimal amount of paint on a stencil brush (wipe it on a paper towel or plate first) and use up-and-down motions instead of side-to-side ones. Do 2-3 thins layers of paint instead of 1 thick one.

And here’s the final product! Created by a 10-year-old. This post is for anyone who has wanted to paint furniture, but is scared to try it. It really is easier than you think. If you have a piece of furniture you don’t like you can start there, or keep an eye out for something free on the curbside or Craigslist and just give it a try! If you get paint from the oops section at the hardware store it will only cost a few dollars, or only a few cents if it’s a sample size. You don’t need an expensive paint brush either. I use the ones that are a few dollars. The 5″ foam roller will be the biggest cost (around $5-7).



For more detailed instructions on how to chalk paint, check out this post:




  1. I love it when Lowes has good paint colors in the oops section! It’s great you let your son help out so much, he’s definitely going to grow up to be a DIY’er. #HomeMattersParty

  2. That looks like a fun project. My 9 year old likes to paint more than my soon to be 12 year old. I should get some paint out, show him what to do, and let him paint away.

  3. This is amazing! I’m not sure I have as much talent as a certain 10-year-old though. Please let him know that he did an amazing job! I am very much impressed. As far as the sanding goes, who can blame him?

  4. What a great idea getting your kids involved in your creative process, Sara! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

  5. I’m extremely pleased to discover this website. I want to to thank you for your time due to this fantastic read!! I definitely really liked every part of it and I have you book marked to see new things on your blog.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.Required fields are marked *