How do I paint my china cabinet?

by Patsy

i would like to update my China cabinet. Any suggestions? I saw where Joanna Gaines painted one black with some distressing. But I’m a little nervous making such a bold move.

  21 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 03, 2018

    It looks like cherry. You could chalk paint it a linen white and let a lot of the cherry show thru as in distressed. You could also do the same to just the legs and apron of your table, to tie it together. Use Rustoleum chalk paint and tint it to Benjamin. Moore Linen White. Easy to use, just clean your cabinet to get any oils off and brush on paint, let it set up for about an hour or so, use a wet wash rag and wipe off paint where it would naturally be distressed. Let dry over night and add the Rustoleum chalk paint top coat. No sanding needed. Have fun.

    • Jacquie Jacquie on Nov 04, 2018

      Kelli, I just bought the same paint, brand & color, to update mine... can't wait to begin.

  • on Nov 03, 2018

    Go for it! Black paint would look gorgeous! I’d recommend Fusion Mineral Paint. :)

  • Vicki Vicki on Nov 04, 2018

    I would be tempted to chalk paint the side piece a pastel....and maybe the table top,too. A shrimp or Celeron with a whitewash wax....would be lovely. Or a neutral cocoa, linen, dove Gray might perk up the whole room!

  • Rebecca Balent Rebecca Balent on Nov 04, 2018

    Depending on your home, I'd either chalk paint it a duck egg blue-green, or spray it a very vibrant color (like red) then chalk paint it black or white, and distress the edges to let the color come through.

  • Suzan Suzan on Nov 04, 2018

    You might consider painting only the base of the China hutch. This would leave the glass top as it is. (Saves time and should be easier.) Then, if you like the look, you could paint the legs of your table the same color.

    A friend used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 (available at Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and Home Depot) on a similar project. You can tint this paint any color and it does not require sanding. Follow the directions to clean the piece. And lastly, if you like black, go for it! I hope you enjoy your NEW dining room!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Nov 04, 2018


    You have white walls with a light color wood floor so any darker or bright color you like would work.

    Think of a charcoal with a wax overlay to add accents and then put wallpaper in black and white inside...maybe a Paris or other French type design; birds sitting on branches; or just an abstract!

    Clean and paint the hardware a pewter or get new hardware

  • Chris Gignac Chris Gignac on Nov 04, 2018

    It’s a pretty good looking peace as is. In my opinion, I would first try a different color of furniture wax. That way, if it wasn’t what you wanted you can remove it without ruining the finish On the original piece.

  • Jwoodard Jwoodard on Nov 04, 2018

    I would chalk paint it then replace the glass with chicken wire I did this and just love it

  • BOB.D. BOB.D. on Nov 04, 2018

    My in put only . leave it as is ,its beautiful .

  • Dee Dee on Nov 04, 2018

    I agree leave it as it is. A beautiful piece

  • Ginny Ginny on Nov 04, 2018

    Guess I'm an old fuddy duddy, but I like the look of wood. Once it's painted, it's painted. Chips in the paint or cracks in the wood will probably be more pronounced. Good luck, and I hope you are satisfied with your finished efforts.

  • Shelia Rainey-Knox Shelia Rainey-Knox on Nov 04, 2018

    So what did you decide? Share photos please.

  • MEG MEG on Nov 04, 2018

    I agree wholehearthedly that the piece looks fine just the way it is. I hate painted furniture because it takes the natural beauty of wood and the wood grain away and hides it. If you must change the look of it than try staining it a darker hue. I redid my golden oak dated bathrm vanity a darker mahogany stain and added three coats of varnish to it. Came out stunning and the wood grain shines thru beautifully. Looks like a new piece of furniture. Paint chips and you tire the color of it where as natural wood is timeless and classic.

  • NCbulldoglover NCbulldoglover on Nov 04, 2018

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  • Laurel Mccorquodale Laurel Mccorquodale on Nov 04, 2018

    Sure would be pretty. Go to some furniture stores and get ideas

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Nov 04, 2018

    Do it! It is so easy! Here is one I painted and I can show you how

  • Ellis Ellis on Nov 04, 2018

    I wouldn't paint it; it's a beautiful piece of furniture. I agree with all those who say to leave it as is. Paint is what furniture makers use to hide inferior wood. This piece is made of beautiful, high quality wood.

  • Cheryl Biermann Cheryl Biermann on Nov 04, 2018

    Painting something black isn't my idea of bold. However, taking a pine China cabinet from the 70's that had intricate details and painting it turquoise, navy and gold...yes I did. It is always the first thing people want to know where I got it and what it set me back. I smile and tell them, $25.00 at a resell store. Sand well, clean well, chose your color/s and paint carefully and be patient! Not every wood is a thing of beauty and it is a shame to have gorgeous details blend in because everything is one color. One reason I may get so many comments on the piece is because my log cabin home has a lot of brown! But your house may have a lot of white, so do what makes your heart sing!

  • Lori Haught Harper Lori Haught Harper on Nov 05, 2018

    I agree with the others that this is a nice piece as is. However, it is dated and if it brings Patsy more enjoyment in her home by updating it with paint, then I say Go For It! Paint can be stripped and the piece re-stained if she absolutely hates it...but I think she'll love it more in a fresh color. There is no right or wrong, only preferences.

  • Laura spinello Laura spinello on Nov 06, 2018

    I couldn't believe, l have the same hutch. It's golden oat. I have been thinking of doing something with it as well, but when l really take a good look at it, it's a beautiful piece. So l just replaced all the hardware with that black wrought iron look and l love it!