“New” Blue China Cabinet



A 90s china cabinet is given a fresh makeover with blue paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



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.)



A 90s china cabinet is given a fresh makeover with blue paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



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:



"Before" picture of a mass produced dining room china cabinet / Clockworkinteriors.com


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!



Spraying a china cabinet with a dark tinted primer / Clockworkinteriors.com



The next day I gave the china cabinet two light coats of the actual color.



Using a HomeRight Spray Shelter to spray our china cabinet / Clockworkinteriors.com



I’m not going to lie to you.   The color is brighter than I envisioned.



A china cabinet is given a new look with a HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer and Spray Shelter / Clockworkinteriors.com



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.




A 90s china cabinet is given a fresh makeover with blue paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



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!



A 90s china cabinet is updated with blue paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



They’re teeny tiny etched glass balls:



A 90s mass produced china cabinet is sprayed a brilliant blue / Clockworkinteriors.com



An unexpected perk of the “new” cabinet is I’ve fallen back in love with our wedding china!



Blue Painted China Cabinet / Clockworkinteriors.com



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



A 90s china cabinet is updated with blue paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



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!)



Blue painted china cabinet / Clockworkinteriors.com



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




Spraying a 90s china cabinet a brilliant blue / Clockworkinteriors.com



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35 Responses

  1. I love the blue….so lively. Have you thought of glass knobs? They might look nice with your wine glasses & swans. Check out Van Dyke Restorers. They have an awesome catalog, great selection, good prices and an easy return policy. I’ve used them for years.

    • Thank you, Devra! The knobs are actually glass, but they are so tiny. I should include a better pic of them in the post. I will definitely check out Van Dyke Restorers. Thanks so much for the tip. It’s appreciated! Cynthia

  2. This turned out beautifully. I love the bright blue and I bet it does look great in your dining room. Have you met your new neighbors yet? If they saw you painting it will be an icebreaker for them to get to know you.

    • Thank you, Debra! Sadly I haven’t met our new neighbors yet. There is a bit of a language barrier, but I need to bake them something. Who doesn’t appreciate homemade goodness?! LOL Thanks for stopping by today!

  3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    I adore blue, and your china cabinet is simply stunning. What a gorgeous addition to you dining room. You did a beautiful job!

    • Your sweet comment just made my day 😀 Thank you so much, Shannon. It’s appreciated! Take care, Cynthia

  4. Cynthia,

    Wow!!! I just love it. Full of life and so fun. You are so talented. I love to read your postings.

    • Awwww, thank you, Chantal. You are just too kind. Hope all is well with you! Cynthia

  5. Nancy Walden

    Very pretty! My first furniture update was my china cabinet. I knew I wanted to get rid of the golden oak color so I thought “I’ll just paint it!” I saw a post on Pinterest of an antique armoire that I just loved. It had similar lines to mine so I decided to try and duplicate the look. I took the glass out and had my son-in-law cut 1/4″ plywood to replace it. I added some Efex trim pieces to give the door dimension and painted it in white chalk paint. I used a mix of clear and black wax to age it. It’s now a smoky gray that looks like it’s been around a long time! I didn’t like wood on my dining table with the newly painted cabinet so I decided to painted it too. I choose cream chalk paint for the legs and stained the top darker. The end result looked too “new” so I added a gray wash to the top and distressed the chairs. Final project was to make slipcovers for the padded seats. The pattern ties all the colors in the room together. and I can take them off to wash them.

    • That sounds lovely, Nancy. You make me feel a little lazy that I just got out my sprayer! LOL. I hope to share the “new” table and chairs next week. One project just leads to another. Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  6. Can’t believe how many thoughts crossed my mind looking at the bright blue. What! You painted a China cabinet! That’s BRIGHT. Guess what, I kind of like it…I would have gone with something darker. Then: You did a great job painting it. My eyes shifted from the pretty unpainted wood to the pretty lines of the furniture. It goes really nice with the chairs and wall color. I agree, t’s fun. Now it’s a statement piece and conversation starter. I’d like to see the rest of the room. If I were your neighbor you might see extra furniture on your lawn to be painted.

    • LOL. Thanks, Carol. You’re so right. It is bright! I was hoping for more of a rich cobalt color, but thank goodness the hutch works in the room. We get so many gray days in Seattle, the pop of color will be a mood lifter this winter for sure. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment today, Cynthia

  7. What a beautiful smooth finish and I love the color, especially paired with the white slipper chairs and the pop of color on the pillows. So pretty! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room. Judging from the reflection in the mirror (I peeked) the light fixture and art look beautiful.

    • Thanks, Marie! I’m in LOVE with the chandelier. I think the rug will really surprise you — let’s just say animal print coming up! Spraying is the way to go if you want a sleek smooth finish. While the blue is brighter than I wanted, it works in the room. That bright pop of color will be awesome when the rains come. Hope all is well with you. Take care, Cynthia

  8. What a beautiful color! Thanks for linking up with us this week at Celebrate Your Story.

  9. Michelle L.

    I absolutely love the paint color! 💙 Can you please tell me the name of the shade you used? Thanks so much!

    • Thank you, Michelle! The color is SW Honorable Blue. Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  10. The blue makes this a statement piece for your room. I think the blue also shows off the things that you display better. For some reason my eye can see the things inside the cabinet better now that it is blue. I really like this bold update!

    • Thank you, Paula! And I agree. The items were lost in that sea of brown. The china, in particular, really pops now. Thanks for stopping by today. Cynthia

  11. I just discovered your blog today, and I’m thoroughly entranced by it! I love anything blue, so your dining room makeover caught my eye. I’m home recovering since August from a broken wrist and leg where I have to be non-weight bearing (that means no walking) with 8 more weeks to go…I’m thrilled to have found your blog and am going back to read older posts. It’s giving me lots of ideas for when I get my life back!

    • Welcome, Roxanne, and thanks for your sweet comment. You just made my day! Happy reading, and I’m wishing you a speedy recovery. FYI: I’ve got some crafts you might be able to manage! Thanks so much for stopping by today, Cynthia

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous, Cynthia! I’m wanting to do the same thing to our vintage china cabinet that’s two big pieces just like yours but hubby is against it! However, I’m working on him lol. Your front yard story is pretty funny! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm:) xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    • Thank you, Kathleen! Our cabinet was mass produced in the 90s, so I didn’t have to lobby too hard in order to paint it. If your piece is vintage, I think a nice chalk paint with dark wax would be lovely. 😀 Or paint everything else and let the cabinet shine in all it’s vintage glory. Good luck with whatever you decide! Cynthia

  13. A gorgeous piece once again Cynthia, you know how much I adored the last one in this stunning hue! Just lovely, bold, and so cheerful. Thanks for sharing it at #fridaysfurniturefix, and don’t forget to stop by next week for the 💯 th post giveaway!

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Brenda. It’s greatly appreciated! Hope all is well. Cynthia

  14. I LOVE this makeover. It’s a proper Tardis blue and so I’m totally in love. It looks so much more modern too.

    • Thanks so much, Julie! We use to live in the UK, and can’t believe I didn’t tie it to Dr. Who! LOL The cheery color definitely brought it out of the 90s. Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  15. The thing that immediately grabbed my attention Cynthia is how beautiful the blue looks against the soft gray of the walls. It may be a little intense as you say but it looks great in the photos. The gray and white really soften it and make it look commanding at the same time. Am I making any sense at all. It’s like the perfect balance. I am so glad you went for that bold color. This is now a very exciting room!!

    • Thank you, Mary! It really does look pretty in person. Funny thing about that wall color. On paper and in the can it is a definite gray. But I think because I was covering up such a dark green, it actually looks more blue on the wall. And I used the same color on the tray ceiling and it looks white!! No way am I moving that furniture to repaint. LOL Thank goodness it all came together when I moved the furniture in, and I really love the room. But we never stop learning, do we?! Hope all is well with you! Cynthia

  16. It is a great bold color… I have a love for blue hues. It is a whole different piece of furniture now!

    • Thank you, Christina! And I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve never met a blue color I didn’t like! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment today! Cynthia

  17. Hello, That cabinet is so darn cute! And seeing the stuffed puppy with it brings me back to the days when my kids very little acute.

  18. Wow! I have old cabinet and its color is dark brown. After sew your cabinet i am wonder. Can you tell me please where you buy and what is price? I want to purchase all then set 🙂

    • Thank you and thanks for stopping by today. We purchased our dining room furniture off of Craigslist years ago. It was a cherry color for many years until I painted it this past summer. Take care. Cynthia

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