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....
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!