Asked on Feb 13, 2017

How Should I Paint My China Cabinet?

by Linda
I finally took the plunge and began a project I have been thinking about for two years - thanks to a snow day last week ! Now I need a few ideas ! I painted my dining table legs a dove grey, but left the top the natural color and like it that way. I am intending to paint the china cabinet the same color. I think I would like to add an accent color but not sure what color - the carpet has many colors in it. Should I paint the inside of the cabinets and drawers also? What color should I paint the inside of the cabinet? I used a Valspar furniture paint which has a slight sheen on it - very pleased with it so far. Thank you for any ideas.

The table legs were dark brown and got lost on the carpet, painting them dove grey has really highlighted the legs.

This is the china cabinet I want to paint.  All of the hardware comes off except the two handles in the middle - that opens onto a writing desk and without tearing up the whole piece, they will not come off.    I was wanting to introduce a second contrast color maybe around the drawers or upper doors.  Two of the doors have glass, the other two have a metal criss cross effect.

I am not looking for a whole room makeover, because we just painted the walls a pale green, I am wanting it to look fresher - looking to move and not sure I will even take the furniture with us, so it is a "quick fix" ... but who knows !

When I finish the cabinet, I will re-post ! 
  16 answers
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Feb 13, 2017
    Linda, you could accent the top in your dove grey while leaving the bottom the wood grain. Would bring the two pieces to highlight each other a provide some balance bringing the eye up to view the cabinet. Good luck and do post a final pic of what you do. You could also search this site for china cabinets - lots of ideas exist right here.
  • Maria Maria on Feb 14, 2017

    I painted mine that looks similar to yours. I painted it an off white color then dry brushed black on it. It came out great and I've had many compliments on it. I also painted the inside red to display the snowmen I have in there. Good Luck!

  • Linda Linda on Feb 14, 2017

    Hi Maria, it sounds lovely, can you post a photo of it maybe? I have been looking at many cabinets on this site and there are so many beautiful ones, I feel sure whatever I do will be an improvement and a fresh look :)

    • Maria Maria on Feb 16, 2017

      I don't know how to post a picture. I will try but can't promise.

  • Eileen Strohmeyer Eileen Strohmeyer on Feb 15, 2017

    I would paint the bottom but not the overhang (top) of the "buffet" section and leave the china hutch top woodtone. Then paint the inside back panel of the China top behind the doors.

  • Kathy Murray Kathy Murray on Feb 15, 2017

    Since you have blue chairs on either side of the hutch I'd Paint the hutch White & you can also distress it.

    I see the inside of the upper hutch is painted white I would paint over that with the same blueish color you used on the table legs. It would be gorgeous.

    Good luck

  • Linda Linda on Feb 16, 2017

    I have actually posted separately, I posted under someone else's post (long story). ...the inside of the hutch has a pale yellow wallpaper on the back. I am going to re-paint the blue chairs as they do not look good or go with what I have now. I really want to do the cabinet the same dove grey as the table legs, but maybe keep some of the wood tone showing. Sorry for the confusion.

    • Maria Maria on Feb 16, 2017

      After you paint your cabinet you can use sandpaper to distress it and show some of the wood. Run the sandpaper on edges and details you want to stand out. Good luck.

  • Maria Maria on Feb 16, 2017

    Hi Linda, This is my cabinet. Like I said I love snowmen and this is my snowman cabinet. It can be done in any color.

  • Sheila Sheila on Feb 16, 2017

    perhaps paint doors and drawer fronts or paint the actual cabinet leave the doors and fronts as well as the very top trim and overhang on bottom. good luck

  • Hat19678767 Hat19678767 on Feb 16, 2017

    s and instructions My suggestion is to buy a book on antiquing furniture a shabby chic style at your local Home Depot type store, it will have different idea and instructions for your projects, it's cost will save you in the long run!

  • Linda Linda on Feb 16, 2017

    Ok..maybe go to the help section ...

  • Linda Linda on Feb 16, 2017

    Maria, I love your cabinet ! Good job 👍

  • Barbara McKenzie Barbara McKenzie on Feb 17, 2017

    I have the exact same table that you have, and have been wondering what it would look like if I painted the legs. How exciting to see your table - but I now know it's not what I want to do with mine. Our house is better suited to wood finishes.

  • Linda Linda on Feb 17, 2017

    Ha, well something good has come out of it then ! If the carpet in my dining room were lighter, I think it would look better, but since I am not purchasing anything new, I wanted to refresh the furniture. I am excited to begin on my china cabinet !

  • Candiegirl Candiegirl on Feb 18, 2017

    i attached a photo for example....

    • Kathy Kathy on Dec 26, 2017

      I love your China cabinet!! How did you achieve that look and color? I would like to do the same thing.

  • Linda Linda on Feb 18, 2017

    This is gorgeous, I love the scrolls in the ironwork that matches your wallpaper .... beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

  • Maria Maria on Feb 20, 2017

    You did a Great job. Looks beautiful.