Vintage China Cabinet Makeover--Off White Chalk Paint™


Hello!!!  I have a project I've been dying to share with you.  I put lots of blood, sweat and tears into this one and I couldn't be more in love with the results.

Let's start at the very beginning....do you have the song from the Sound of Music in your head now?  Yes, let's start at the beginning.  I found a china cabinet for sale on a local FB sales group and liked it right away.  Honestly I wasn't going to buy it becasue I knew just from the picture this was going to be a huge job.  I gave it a more little thought then decided it was a good fit for my dining room.   


Here's a before picture from the FB sales page.


I had planned to take more before pictures, but the cabinet was only allowed to stay in the garage for a day. The hubby said it needed to come in so he could park his car in the garage too.  I guess he didn't like that it was cold and snowy and only my car was parked in the warm garage!  Go figure....ha ha. 

 I ended up working on the cabinet in my dining room, which I never recommend due to the dust and mess.  I worked around a dining room table, chairs, another cabinet and a French Bulldog. 

I started the project off priming the entire cabinet.  No, I don't normally prime a piece of furniture when I'm using a chalky finish paint. However, I knew from experience it would require priming.  Furniture this age has a stain that will almost always bleed through the paint and turn pink.  I was painting this cabinet off white and I didn't want any pink showing through.  Better safe than sorry.  

Fast forward....5 coats of paint later, including primer, the cabinet was painted off white!  I had a lot of different ideas floating around my brain on what to do with the inside of the cabinet.  I kept coming back to polka dots.  Polka dots make me happy...I don't know what it is, but they make me smile.  I happened to have a polka dot stencil from another project that would work perfectly.  I used navy blue craft paint and a stencil brush and got to polka dotting!  

Next up was the cabinet hardware.  The previous owner had bought this as a project piece and took all the doors and hardware off.  I don't have a picture of the hardware before I worked on it, but trust me it was dirty and dingey brass hardware.   I'm sure it had never been cleaned or polished before.  I spent hours scrubbing the hardware with a toothbrush and everything cleanser I could find that would work on brass.  I ended up having the best success with Bar Keepers Friend.  It worked quite well, but took some time and some elbow grease!

My final steps were waxing the cabinet, attaching all the doors, hinges and drawer hardware.  I lightly distressed the cabinet to bring out the details and I WAS DONE!!!  I stood back and instantly fell in love.  All the hours spent working on this project gave this cabinet a fun, updated and bright new look. 

Here's the china cabinet in its new home, our dining room.  


How can you NOT smile and get instantly happy when you see these navy blue polka dots?!








Oh how I wish I would have taken a before picture of the drawer pulls!  All the hours I spent scrubbing each piece was well worth the time.  And to think I had considered going the easy route and replacing all the hardware!!








This skeleton key came with the cabinet and works perfectly after all these years.  It's one of my favorite parts of this fun cabinet.




The bowed front is such a beautiful feature!



I'm officially in love with this polka dot beauty.  I walk in the dining room now and smile when I see it standing there in all it's off white and navy blue beauty!

I'd love to hear what you think!  Do you have a project like that's taken you forever to finish?  Did you keep it or sell it to someone else?  

Thank you and take care,




10 comments:

  1. Its awesome! I LOVE The Polka Dots! It makes it such an awesome statement piece! Well worth all the work!
    Hugs,
    Karin

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  2. Another polka dot fan! This piece is my absolute favorite so far. I love it! What excellent work.

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  3. What a pretty piece..All your hard work was so worth it!

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  4. What a pretty piece..All your hard work was so worth it!

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  5. Polka dots make me happy too. I love that you used them as a background.

    This is such a fabulous makeover, and it's easy to see why it's one of your favs!

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  6. I love the polka dots! What a creative touch, and adds some real whimsy to this piece. Would you link up with us at this week's Friday's Furniture Fix link party? Would love to see you there!

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  7. I love it! The polka dots was a great idea, it looks so happy! :)

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