Painting Ideas?


i want to diy this old bar piece. Any ideas on color? The top interior has a mirror. Middle opens like a bar cabinet. And bottom are two cabinets. The glass broke on one of the top cabinets and I’d like to replace glass with wicker. But I’m not sure what color to paint the rest - dark or light? S a tall piece (about 7 ft) and just putting it in a dining room for a regular 3 bedroom house.

looking for ideas. Thank you!

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  19 answers
  • The color depends on the rest of your decor. Keep in mind, if you paint it a light color, there's a good chance the tannins will 'bleed' through. Be sure to use a good primer first. That being said, I think painting it a light color will give it an updated look. I would use white or light blue.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 24, 2022

    What a nice project!

    Your room will help you decide on colors. Sand it, then wipe down, use a good primer and paint. lighter colors will give it a fresh look, I would suggest 2 colors for complement and contrast.

    We had a similar piece in our living room that was a dark cherry, we ended up selling because it was too big and too dark.

    Wicker would look good, that also suggests a lighter color. If you'd like a bit more color pop, a piece of peelable wall paper, or contact paper, or fabric on the back walls of it would add to your project.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 24, 2022

    gray, white , you can distress it, even blue would be nice depends on the colors of your home and where you plan to use it

  • Janie Janie on May 24, 2022

    Thank you for all the great ideas! I plan to use rethink junk paint (no primer should be needed). When referring to blue - is it a light blue/white shade you mean? And when you say grey and white, did you mean some walls grey and some white of a blend? Thank you for the help!

  • Janice Janice on May 24, 2022

    Hi Janie, what a great piece to paint! I'd choose a color that works well with your current decor (if you like it). Whatever color you decide, I'd then use a lighter shade of the same color for the interior. Also, changing the hardware can really make a statement as well. Use a stain-blocking primer before you paint the color of your choice.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 24, 2022

    You sure primer isn't needed? There is a good chance of bleed thru without it.

  • William William on May 24, 2022

    Depends on other colors in the room and your style. Lighter color would update it. Here are some ideas for china cabinets that may help you decide.

  • Dee Dee on May 24, 2022

    Depending on your decore you can choose any basic color such as grays, blues, greens. I would put sheet metal or chicken wire in place of the glass. You can get that at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or HD and Lowes. If you want to take out the mirror I would put a nice wallpaper to go with the paint you choose. I personally like a mirror with a light inside.

  • Annie Annie on May 24, 2022

    I wonder about the need for primer too? And I agree this would make a great Hometalk project! Or please post a photo here when you are finished so we can see. I think it's going to look great!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on May 24, 2022

    What color do you have in the room black would look nice if it matches

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 25, 2022

    Paint it to match in with your walls.

  • Janie Janie on May 25, 2022

    Thank you to all the ideas. I went with a grey. I ended up not needing a primer. I used a paint called rethunk junk by Laura. It’s a resin paint, and is self leveling. Super easy to put on and only needed two coats. Highly recommend!

    I’ll take some pictures later today (halfway through) so you can see the progress. Thanks again!

  • Janie Janie on May 25, 2022

    This is the beginning of my painting. Two coats on the sides. I’m thinking of a wall paper background for the inside back wall.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 26, 2022

    Navy or teal

  • It depends on what colors you have going on in your dining room currently, if you want to work with those colors or do something completely opposite to have the piece stand out. Too, it depends on how you plan to use the piece in the room as well.

  • Janie Janie on Jun 02, 2022

    Someone gave me a great idea and I am planning to do it. I’m going to add self stick wall paper to the inside backing. I found a grey and white classy with a modern edge design off amazon.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 11, 2022

    Depends on your style and other colors used. If your style is farmhouse cut out the raised panels and insert wicker or even chicken wire for a more rustic effect.

  • Janie Janie on Jun 21, 2022

    Just finished painting the unit. Added contact paper as the backing in the bottom. Was looking great. Then woke up this morning and found the glass broke. So, I have removed the glass and will have to line the back where the glass was with matching contact paper.

    I plan to add chicken wire to to cabinet doors where glass used to be.

    Question - how will it look if I stain all the doors wood color (instead of painting them grey to match unit?). If it will look good what color should the stain be?

  • Janie Janie on Jun 21, 2022

    Question - how will it look if I stain all the doors wood color (instead of painting them grey to match unit?). If it will look good what color should the stain be?