Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Blue China Cabinet

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 One of the questions I get asked the most is what color I used on my blue china cabinet so I've decided to do another post on it since it was way back in 2008 when I painted it. 

I had originally painted this white but wasn't happy with it so I got brave and decided to try blue. I knew if I didn't like it I could repaint it white again!

For the first step I used Behr Interior House Paint in flat latex and the color was called "French Gray".
Then I just used some acrylic craft paint I had on hand.  It was Plaid Folk Art (from Michaels) and the color was "French Blue".  I diluted it with a little water and brushed that over (working in small areas) and wiped it off. When that was dry, I diluted brown acrylic craft paint with a touch of black(also acrylic craft paint) with water and brushed that on and wiped it off (again just working in small areas.) I don't remember the exact color of brown I used but it was just an average chocolate brown color.   It's amazing to see how it transforms from a flat gray to a color with so much depth.




 Below is how the cabinet looked when I purchased at a thrift store for $49.99. The appliques were about $50 and the paint was about $12. I had some extra glass knobs. Total cost was a little more than $100!!! What a deal!

and this is how it looked painted white....
I'm so happy I decided to paint it blue! I think it looks so much better now!

 Later I took the heavy grid mesh out of the doors and replaced it with chicken wire and I also added some toile fabric which I just wrapped around some core board and pushed against the back of the cabinet. 
The toile fabric made a huge difference!

I also have a link to my technique for painting furniture on my side bar. Just click on the button that says "How to Paint Furniture" and it will take you to my step by step instructions!
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50 comments:

shannon i olson said...

so beautiful, the whole room is just gorgeous!

arkie said...

The blue is just right to set off your dishes and tea set! Love the wallpaper in the background also!

Robyn said...

I love your blue china cabinet...you did an amazing job painting it and you're right it does look better blue...makes the white pieces you have pop! Thanks for sharing!

Joyce's Journey said...

You have quite the eye, Cindy! Nice job. Everything looks so good together.

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

So, french!

Sue said...

You did a fabulous job on this Cindy. It's so classy & elegant!

Elsie said...

Cindy I think it looks better blue
too. I liked it white but when you
added color it really pops. Love
your creative technique.":O)

Sandi (Meme) said...

I wish I were so brave! It does look beautiful, good job! Have a great week!

Beverley said...

Hello Cindy, I love your blue cabinet. I have painted a few pieces of furniture and am happy with the results. Your home looks lovely and very cozy. Thankyou for the photos. Beverley

Bella said...

Hi Cindy... I have been reading your blog for a long time, and I have seen the progression of your cabinet, every change looked great along the way. But seeing it all put together really showcases the great transforamation! Wow, Gorgeous!!
Bella

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hi Cindy, I just LOVE your blue cabinet!! Beautiful :)

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

I, too, remember when you painted it white and I thought it was gorgeous but there's no question that the blue is the winner, hands down! Thanks for taking us through those steps again and for your awesome inspiration! xoxo Beth

Stephanie said...

I like white, but the blue sure looks good ! I think blue is making a comeback ! You have great taste !
Stephanie

Pam said...

That is so pretty

Susan said...

Cindy you did an awesome job on your cabinet. It is beautiful. I would never have thought to use craft paint. It amazes me how creative you are and how creative a lot of bloggers I have met here are.

Pamela said...

I love, love, love it. I am so glad you decided to share something from your home. There are very few (in fact you're the only one I know of) that have your gift for the soft, elegant beauty of romance. It is truly something to celebrate.

Tanza said...

Hi Cindy,
Everything you touch turns into LoVelY !! Truly talented you are !! I LoVe our peeks into your girly beautiful, warm home !! Always so inspirational to me, you ARE !!

Psst .. you look pretty darn cute girlie in that awesome car !! Was the guy good-looking who drove it ?! hahaha ... Sooo FuN !!
Have a happy rest of your week
HuGs ~tEa~ xo

Lottie said...

The blue china cabinet is just beautiful! I love the color blue on it and love how you have decorated the inside with fabric. It is all just beautiful and all for $100. Wow!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Cindy...what a beautiful paint job...I LOVE the color. What a difference a bit of color and an imagination can make..oh yes and the courage to take the plunge! Im going to read your post on painting furniture...maybe it will get me in the mood to paint something! Have a wonderful Thursday...Maura :)

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Adore adore adore this cabinet. I have one similar in the yellow finish yours originally came in...thanks for sharing the details of the process. It is lovely!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

forgot to say how much i adore the toile in purple no less! I love it!

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful transformation. You had such an eye to sight this piece and turn it into something magnificent. I'm so inspired.

- The Tablescaper

Mariette said...

That is unbelievable if you look at the BEFORE picture and read the price you paid for it! GREAT job, you can be very proud of your skills.

Sunny greetings from Georgia/USA

MariettesBacktoBasics

interiors and fashion colours said...

It looks so Elegant, In fact your home looks very beautiful and Lovely.. Specially, I like your blue china cabinet.

KATHY said...

Hi Cindy, your china cabinet looks so beautiful! You did such a great job painting it. I love all your pretty things you put inside of it.Just gorgeous....Kathy

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

I think that the color 'brown' you used was 'raw umber'. raw umber -paint is really more than a paint. it's a transformer! it makes brand new things look antique, attractively vintage.

particularly when used as a glaze, which is effectively what you did: put it on in diluted form and then take it off with a cloth.

the paint itself looks a bit more like a paste than other colors paint.

Anyhow, you did a marvelous job with it, and if you want to replicated yourself, look for some 'raw umber'-colored paint on the shells in Michaels or wherever...

have a good one.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great color, Cindy! I love the grey blue. Great lines on this hutch, too.

Alison said...

It looked beautiful white but is sensational blue
Alison

Niki said...

It is sooooo beautiful...the colors you chose are absolute perfection!! I love it!!!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

You are so talented....I truly appreciate getting a peek at your world! Thanks for sharing!
Machelle

Marilyn said...

Cindy,

I love, love, love that cabinet! Painting it blue was a really great choice, and the toile...well, that's pure genius.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Dream Mom said...

How pretty it is to see it again. Love the second to the last picture-really pretty! I also love the toile fabric in the background. You are so talented!

Susan said...

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Next to the cabinet that your father made you, this has always been my favorite piece! You did an outstanding job refinishing it and I have always loved the shape of it. The wood applique and the finish you chose put it over the top!

Debbie V.

Rose H (UK) said...

I'm green with envy! The blue is perfect Cindy. Just love your home,it's so classy.
Thank you for sharing it with us :o)

DeeD said...

The painted cabinet isn't the only thing that makes me want the exact same piece in my home - the contents and how you've got them all placed add to the beautiful "frenchy" romantic look! Beautiful!

I was wondering - did you wax this all over? When it was white was there a coat of wax on it that you were able to paint over with the blue or did you have to remove the wax first?

Charlotte said...

Ohhh la la! I'm jealous.

crabbygirl said...

How do you keep out doing yourself?? You are so amazing!! keep it coming!

Lacy said...

Love the blue!

Heidi Ashworth said...

I can see we share a love for anything white with cupids. : )

Terrell said...

WOW! you did an amazing job on these!! They are full of beautiful items and are so super french! I just love 'em!!
~Terrell @ FFD~

Debbie@Nanas Sweet Dreams and Memories said...

Your cabinet is gorgeous...I love how you painted it...the blue is lovely...very clever.
Love your other decor in the room too...fabulous!!
Debbie :)

Gayle said...

There are so many things I like about this post and the one I will probably try first is the core board covered in fabric---just love that affect.

Heaven's Walk said...

Cindy - just fell into your blog and am loving it! The shells are just beautiful, as is your awesome blue cabinet. Great job! Thanks for sharing your paint techniques with us! I'm happily following you now!

xoxo laurie@heavenswalk

Melissa Lester said...

I feel so inspired each time I read about your furniture painting, and one day I am going to try this out!

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This is an awesome piece of furniture that includes everything .

Button said...

That cabinet is a beauty! I have to say I think how you painted it, is lovely.

SelenarteDecoupage said...

Hello. I think the final look is a million times better. I really love your china cabinet. :)Jo

Jeannie-JB said...

Hi Cindy,
I have always admired the picture on the far left of your blog header but this Hutch is the picture of 'cottage chic' as I see it in my mind. I edited my blog to include your picture, subscribed, liked you, etc. {I'm your newest fan}. Adding you to my blogroll. Love your style!