October 1, 2014

My China Cabinet Makeover

I painted my china cabinet!  I totally forgot to take a picture of it before but here’s one from Easter 2009.

white painted china cabinet

Out of all the china cabinet inspiration photos I shared with you the other day, the ones I like the best were the two toned ones.

vintage hinge on cabinet

The paint I used is Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green. It’s a strange color. It totally looks green in the can but when you put it on it’s a grayed down robin’s egg blue (which is exactly what I wanted). I didn’t want a bright robin’s egg blue – I wanted a dirty robin’s egg blue.

For this makeover I bought a quart of the paint (Halcyon Green)  in an eggshell finish ( and still have plenty left). No priming or sanding was needed since it was painted with a flat white paint to begin with. I just got all the dirt and dust off. Then  I applied the paint with a foam roller and good brush. I don’t think I’m going to put a top coat of glaze or distress it anymore than it already is. I like it the way it is – it looks very Swedish Country to me.

cabinet with back lined in red toile

I really l-0-v-e  how the red toile looks with this color! This may just be my new favorite color combination.

 removable toile panels

The back is cardboard wrapped in toile fabric for easy removal. Behind the toile is the original beadboard. Just makes it easier to change out the look without damage to the cabinet.

architectural piece on cabinet

I think keeping some areas white highlights the architectural pieces on this cabinet. Although, there’s usually a chair or a couch in front of it so you don’t normally see the bottom (that’s where I store my china I’m not using).

I just really love it this color! As you can see, I haven’t gotten around to painting that new wall. Like I said earlier, I’d much rather paint  furniture than walls :)!

top of painted china cabinet

The power of paint! Give it a try if you haven’t already. You’ll be hooked on how easy and inexpensive it is to transform a piece you’re tired of !

 

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Comments

  1. I love this color! I have really grown to love the light blue, bright red, and white combo. A change always perks things up nicely:>)

  2. That turned out wonderfully…what a great job, The cabinet is quite unique and the color just makes it pop!

  3. That is the sweetest piece of furniture. I love china cabinets..they stop me in my tracks. The colours together are beautiful and the toile just tops it off.

  4. Beautiful! I love the idea of using cardboard covered in fabric as a backdrop inside! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

  5. I realy like the color. I like how you used the toile and the white. It really looks nice. Yes, it looks
    Swedish………or kinda French Country. I am writing down your paint choices as I have several pieces I have wanted to paint. I wanted to use the chalk paint but just can’t fork over that amount of money. Thanks for sharing.

    • Manuela says:

      I had thought about using the AS chalk paint but I have some white from her line that I used for another project and was not impressed. Maybe the other colors are better? Anyway, I’ve used latex paint for years on furniture and it works just fine – is easy to get and doesn’t cost a ton of money.

      Manuela

  6. Loving… dreaming… pinning…
    I love the two tone look, and my favorite part is the hinge.
    I’ll remember that about the cardboard wrapped in toile when I finally get the guts to paint my kitchen cabinets and remove some doors. It’s on my “to do” or 2012, but I’m not always so good at finishing lists.

  7. Now that is a wonderful cottage look’n piece!! That blue is just right with the red toile! Wonderful! Waiting on some nice weather have a couple projects to paint as well. Yes painting walls are not fun but seeing it done by someone else is!!;-)

  8. It looks great! Love that color combo. It reminds me of the hutch I painted this past winter….the one I borrowed your idea from of the red toile fabric duct taped to cardboard….:-)

  9. I love it!! What a great job and the blue makes the white parts really show the pretty lines of the piece!! Love the toile too.

  10. Absolutely beautiful!

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper

  11. Lovely! But then I would expect nothing less from you.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  12. That is such a beautiful cabinet, Manuela! It has such great bones to start with. For a piece that size it has lots of nice detailing, too. I love the blue with the white. I’ve got some painting to get on with this week myself. Hopefully today!

  13. So darling Manuela! I love the dirty robins egg blue and white WITH THE RED .. great color combination! I’m off to buy paint for my pantry project today! I love your fabric wrapped cardboard idea too. I don’t want to paint the inside of my pantry but I do want something fun and colorful on the inside that is interchangeable! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Happy Day!
    Deb

  14. I really like it a lot! You did a great job. I like the idea of the removable toile panels.

  15. Anonymous says:

    LOVE it…woot! awesome job Manuela…(like always!) It’s beautiful. And I do love the blue and red too. The shade of blue is perfect. (Thanks for sharing the color and brand.) I too, am sticking to my old faithfuls from Lowe’s and Home Depot …{**instead of using the chalk paint…way too expensive for me!!!!..}.just want to change the color and the look in a room without spending a wad of money. Your cabinet is evidence that the regular paints do JUST as good a job. rah! I also appreciate the idea of wrapping cardboard with a background paper or fabric, so that it’s EASY to change out. fantastic tip! yay. I love your cabinet. Love the toile of course. It is gorgeous..I know you are loving it. Hugs to you and thanks for sharing all your projects and knowledge. xoxo

  16. I love it … so pretty! Good job! :)

  17. Oh…those were the ones that I liked too! It turned out beautiful Manuela! We recently painted our dark brown bookcases a nice bright white and I have more projects still to do!
    Have a lovely day!

    Blessings!
    ~Nadine

  18. I LOVE it Manuela :o) Just gorgeous.
    Rose H
    x

  19. Love the new makeover!!! Blessings ~Sara

  20. This project is so darling–I love that shade of blue when paired with white! And I want to let you know that I enjoy your blog so much that I’ve added your blog to my blogroll over at Minerva’s Garden!

  21. I love it! I had to look back and forth several times to see if you added some trim to the cabinet. But no, the paint just makes it have so much more dimension. Great job.

  22. LOVE! The color combo is just fabulous! I just love what you can do with paint. No shopping necessary. =)

  23. I just love the cabinet with the blue paint and the red Toile background. This is a fabulous look, and I especially love it against the yellow wall!

  24. Gorgeous, Manuela! I really like the idea of wrapping fabric around cardboard so you can change out the look – very clever. I have a question for you: was this china cabinet originally a regular wood stain, such as oak? If so, were you the one who first painted it white? I have a small china cabinet sort of like yours in my kitchen, but it is the original oak.

  25. Thank you Manuela for linking up your china cabinet. Love the colors you chose! Wonderful!

  26. So pretty and dainty! I like it.
    Very cheerful next to that dreamy yellow on the walls.

  27. Lovely!

  28. So pretty, Manuela. I love the color and that you painted the inside of the door too. I just recently started using foam rollers when painting things (instead of a brush) and it makes such a difference.

  29. It looks great! The color is perfect!

  30. It really looks pretty! I love your blue/green color choice, and the toile looks terrific with it! You’ve inspired me to paint some pieces! Linda

  31. Abosolutely love this project. Everything came together beautifully from the toile backing, the paint and the dishes. This cabinet itself is gorgeous.

  32. Your china cabinet looks fabulous! I love it, and the gorgeous new color does look wonderful with the red toile in the back and yes, it does look Swedish.
    Hugs, Cindy

  33. Fabulous makeover. I have an old cupboard my husband had made for our kitchen. It used to have glass doors but one fell off so I had the other removed. Now it is just open shelving with doors on the bottom. I would like to paint it but painting anything is not my forte. Lots of stuff I would like to do it’s just the getting going on it all. Absolutely crazy how much Pottery Barn charges for anything. Your apple juice jar certainly does the job much better than anything that would cost $99. Crazy! Have a great weekend. Tammy

  34. What a pretty transformation. I love that you left a few sections white and slightly distressed. I have a couple of pieces on the front porch in need of a little paint transformation. Thanks for the nudge. Patty

  35. LuccyT05 says:

    I love the make over! :) Very creative work.. You just give life to your boring old china cabinet..

  36. I absolutely love the makeover! I loved the cabinet in white but this new look is gorgeous! Love the two-tone look. What a great idea with the removeable toile! You’re a genius!

    ~Sandy

  37. You did such a beautiful job. I love the color combination especially with the toile.

  38. I love the way your china cabinet turned out. The colors are wonderful! You’ve inspired me to get going on a long-overdue project!
    ~Adrienne~

  39. Wow! What a transformation! I love the hinges too :)
    Jennelise

  40. Great transformation. I love the fabric covered cardboard idea…I will have to try it.

  41. It’s SO pretty! I really like the color! I have a china hutch that I’ve been wanting to paint, but I’ve been too chicken so far. It looks so big and intimidating! haha

  42. Gorgeous cabinet! WOW! I would love for you to stop by my Creative Inspirations party to link it up! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

  43. I love your idea for wrapping the cardboard! I am always wanting to change things up… so this would work perfectly! Your cabinet looks lovely in that shade now.

  44. I love your cabinet………colors are great. I think Robin’s egg blue is my all time favorite color. I’m blog hoppin again this afternoon and landed here. Enjoying my visit so that I’ve just become your newest follower. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and hopefully you’ll follow back.

  45. Adorable!
    LOve the toile!
    Thanks for coming by to link up…I would love to have you back this week!
    See you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change