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Monday, April 23, 2018

Updating a China Cabinet with Paint

Good morning everyone - I am so glad you could join me today.  I have a great project I want to share with you.  I was going through some pictures the other day and realized I had never shared my china cabinet makeover with you.  I can't believe I forgot because it is really one of my favorite projects. Here's a picture of how it looks right now.

Vintage Paint and more... updating a china cabinet with black chalkboard paint to fit into a modern vintage farmhouse look

I love the black with the pop of blue on the inside - it makes it such a trendy farmhouse piece now.  And, although it took me a while to finish  - it really was a simple process.
So, let me share with you how I achieved the finished look.

     Updating a China Cabinet with Paint

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Vintage Paint and more... a dated china cabinet before it's trendy farmhouse update done with paint

Forgive the fact that this is a Christmas picture, but it truly was the only one I could find of this cabinet. I bought this cabinet several years ago with the sole purpose of making it over after seeing one that Courtney of The French Country Cottage had done.

Vintage Paint and more...   French Country Cottage bookcase

Isn't it gorgeous?  I love the gray with all the covered books - it just makes such a beautiful statement.  Well, best-laid plans ... Hubby was hearing nothing of painting this cabinet - he loved the wood tones and thought painting it would ruin it.  He actually dug his heels in on this which happens very rarely and so, I honored his wish - for a while.  Then I put my blog on hiatus and really thought I was not coming back after a health issue.  But, one morning I woke up and decided to paint this hutch and hubby was so glad to see me excited to do something that he said absolutely nothing.  When I finished, it was a far cry from what I originally wanted but, our tastes as a family has changed and I decided to paint it to fit into our style now - which is a modern vintage farmhouse.  This is how it looks now.

Vintage Paint and more... updating a vintage cabinet with paint for a trendy farmhouse look

And, I love it.  It is a definite improvement over what it was and brings it into this new modern farmhouse look that is so trendy right now.  I have no pictures of the process because I really thought I was not going to be blogging again.  But, I can tell you the steps I took to take it from very dated to this new trendy look.
Steps to obtain this look:
  • Remove all the glass, hardware, drawers and doors.
  • Clean it well, sand it and then wipe it down with a tack cloth.
  • You can prime it now if not using chalk paint.  However, I used Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard Paint- which does not require priming.  It took 3 coats.
  • Then paint the inside of the cabinet - I used a blue paint I had on hand.
  • Replace glass, doors, and drawers
  • Add new hardware
  • You are now done and have this:
Vintage Paint and more...making a vintage china cabinet modern farmhouse with a little paint

Did I say I love it?  Well, I do.  Here's a closeup of the inside of the cabinet with my collection of teacups and saucers.

Vintage Paint and more... A pop of blue paint added to the inside of a trendy modern farmhouse china cabinet

I love how the blue pops against the black of the outside - so pretty. 

Do you have something you have been waiting to update?  Go for it - you may fall in love with it all over again and the outcome may surprise you and any naysayers that live with you.  So until next time, happy DIYing and do something that makes you smile.

Vintage Paint and more... making a vintage cabinet into a beautiful trendy farmhouse piece by painting it with black chalkboard paint

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  1. I love the cabinet. Actually I like the before and after. But the after really has the Wow factor.

  2. LOVE. THIS. I especially like that you painted the interior in a contrasting blue. #inspired. I love updating furniture too so I was drawn to your post via A Stroll Thru Life

  3. Thank you Pamela. So happy you found this inspiring. I love painting the insides of pieces contrasting colors - just make thm so much more interesting. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Cathy it looks gorgeous. I love that you used chalkboard paint. It has such a luxurious matte quality and is really farmhouse inspired.

    1. Thank you Mary. I have fallen in love with black chalkboard paint and use it on everything. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. You did a really nice job, love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

  6. That's beautiful, Cathy! I love the blue inside ;) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  7. Thank you so much and thank you for hosting each week.

  8. Absolutely stunning. I will be featuring this tomorrow night at my Swing into Spring party. The party opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com