Hello! I’m happy to share another finished dining room project with you today: Our “new” blue china cabinet! (If case you’ve missed some posts, you can catch up with my dining room makeover plans; see how I transformed an old hutch into a buffet; and learn how to easily make slipcovers for slipper / armless chairs.)
Because I chose to spray our dining room furniture, everything had to be carried out to the garage. And even though the china cabinet is two separate pieces, it is one heavy beast. I now understand why there are so many tutorials on Pinterest where you see the homeowner painting their hutches in the room they’re used in. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t an option for me.
Here’s a picture of the china cabinet that was taken a couple of years ago:
There was nothing technically wrong with it. I’ve just been on a mission to lighten and brighten up our house, and this hutch was next on the list.
Because I was using my sprayer to paint the cabinet, I chose to remove the glass panels in the doors, and I covered the mirror backing with newspaper. (Normally I’m able to skip this step and just use a razor blade to remove any excess paint when all finished. But the hutch’s mirror doesn’t feel like quality glass to me, and I was afraid a razor blade would scratch the mirror.) Removing the glass panels also made it easier to maneuver the spray gun inside the hutch. (A couple years ago I did a more detailed tutorial on the sprayer I use (and love.)
To get started I set up the spray shelter, filled my paint gun with tinted primer, and got Hubby to help me carry the pieces outside. I started spraying, and was in my zone. The primer dried very quickly, and I was ready to move on to the color. And then an Open House started across the street. I’m not even kidding. There wasn’t a sign posted until it actually started, so I had no warning. I would never intentionally be so inconsiderate to our neighbors. Normally, I spray in our backyard, but the dining room pieces are too big and heavy for the steps off the back of the house. As much as I hated looking like the Beverly Hillbillies, I had to set up shop in our front yard. Dang. I stopped spraying when I realized what was going on, but wouldn’t you know, Hubby had already left for the day. For reals!! There was no way I was getting that furniture and off our front lawn without his help. Fortunately, the Seattle real estate market is booming, and someone bought the house that weekend. Even with the Beverly (possibly skip the “Beverly” from the title) Hillbillies across the street!! Whew! I’m relieved!
The next day I gave the china cabinet two light coats of the actual color.
I’m not going to lie to you. The color is brighter than I envisioned.
But it’s going a large room with lots of white trim. I’m fairly confident the dining room can handle a strong color. And I now think the china cabinet is fun piece.
Thoughts on the hardware?? I’m still not 100% sold. I ordered them online from Hobby Lobby, and was disappointed at how small they are. Don’t you hate when that happens?! But replacing 15 knobs doesn’t come cheap. So until I see something I can’t live without, they’re staying put!
They’re teeny tiny etched glass balls:
An unexpected perk of the “new” cabinet is I’ve fallen back in love with our wedding china!
The old dining room left me uninspired, and nothing in the cabinet was displayed properly. I would use something, and then just chuck it in wherever I could find a spot for it. Now that I can actually see what I have, I’m more likely to use it. My crystal wine glasses have already come out of retirement, and they’re hand wash only, and I’m a lazy wine drinker!! LOL
And doesn’t the Chihuly and Venetian glass look right at home? The swans (and candy pieces) were chosen by my children when we visited glass blowers on the Italian island of Murano. There were swans that lived at the Missenden Abbey, which was across the street from our rented digs in Great Missenden, England. My kids loved to visit them, and I’m pretty sure that’s why out of all the beautiful glass we saw on our visit, they wanted the swans. I like them because they’re a sweet reminder of our time spent living in England. (And when my kids were little and could get excited about seeing swans!)
The dining room makeover has been complete for some time now. Apologies that it’s taking me so long to share everything. We’ve had a crazy summer, and fall is looking to be just as busy. But next up will be either the dining room table and chairs or DIY wall art, which happens to be a Ballard Designs knockoff. A super fun and easy project anyone can master. As always, if you have any questions, I’m here for you. Take care, Cynthia
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