How can I make over this cabinet to match with a gray living room?


I have grays in my living room. I am wanting to repaint the cabinet and and possibly the top. I love the detail. Suggestions please.

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  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Mar 16, 2020

    WOW that is gorgeous!!! Is that granite? I don't think I would paint granite, marble or any other stone. Let that beauty shine! Ok as for the cabinet, if you must paint it (hehe...I still love dark wood) will want a good paint and you will want to do this piece nicely by prepping it well.

    Your end product depends on the prep!!!!!! It depends on how great you want it to look in the end and if you want it to look GREAT ...believe me the PREP IS EVERYTHING.... it matters!!!! This method will take a lot of your time and is tedious but will look like a professional finish job if you do it well.

    To go all in to get a GREAT result, that means, prepping by SANDING(start with lower grit and work your way up to 220). Just be careful that you don't sand too far that the details of the furniture get worn off. That piece has some beautiful details. I have been in the situation where I needed to stop when sanding a piece. lol. you will want to get an orbital sander for large areas, and for Sanding tough crevices:

    1)You will need some specialty sanding materials. Sanding tools that can get into really tiny crevices can be purchased at a woodworking store like woodcraft and rockler. Woodcraft is where I got mine. You can buy sanding blocks with wedges and points to get into those hard to reach areas. There are even sanding cords you can buy to go around crevices. These are a few that I have that work great!!!!:

    For a general page of sanding supplies:

    2) PRIMING(B Moore primer) and using steel wool between coats of primer(to get that super smooth finish) all BEFORE you paint.

    3)paints are a huge factor!! Consider using a home paint sprayer for the job to get that super sleek pro finish. If you don't have a paint sprayer, consider using a paint(like a cabinet paint) that has self leveling properties to minimize brushstrokes. If you are putting the time in to prep the cabinets well and paint them well you will want a good paint that will last. Benjamin Moore ADVANCE!! I know it is for cabinets and it's super expensive ($50 per gallon) but it's so worth it!!! Use it in the sprayer if you can and it will be like something you bought out of a store.! That paint is an excellent paint and you don't need a topcoat. I seriously just wipe it down when it gets dirty. I do most of my furniture pieces with Benjamin Moore advance because It's hard to go back to other paints when you have found something that finally doesn't chip and wear. (NO I'm not paid to advertise...just love the product). If you want to see one of my dressers that I redid in that paint....check out:

    Good us pics of it when you are done. It's beautiful!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 16, 2020

    I think you can leave the top. The wood could be stained to an ebony or painted white with a dark glaze in the black/gray family.

  • Lana Lana on Mar 16, 2020

    I wouldn't do anything to it. It's a beautiful piece as it is. If it's not your style, maybe consider selling it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 16, 2020

    Hello Molly,

    Don't touch the top, but use the colours within it to work your piece. Hark Grey with a white wax on top or Light grey with a dark grey wax to highlight.......... Enjoy the journey.....................

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Mar 16, 2020

    Is the top a faux granite? If so it would be easy to prime and paint. For the body I would take it down to the wood and do a wash on it so you can see the wood grain, then glaze it so the details stood out.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 16, 2020

    This is a tough call, I am another of the people who appreciates the natural beauty of wood. I agree with Diana, bringing out the wood grain without all the heaviness of the dark stain on it now. The piece will just glow.. For the top, it is beautiful and should complement your decor. You might consider some kind of highlight to the band just under the top.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 16, 2020

    Hi Molly: I wouldn't do anything but shine it up and put some beautiful things inside, like a doll, dish or some other collection. It's just beautiful as is, wonderful wood! Good luck

  • I would repaint the cabinet either gray or white and distress it to show the detailing. The top can be left as it is.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 16, 2020

    Molly: if that top is granite... I'd chose to LOVE it! ...and then do what I did to this table:

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 16, 2020

    Stunning piece, I am not sure if I could paint this wonderful piece if it wasn't damaged.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 16, 2020

    Molly...l love the table and personally would clean and let it be itself!

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Mar 17, 2020

    I would not paint the top leave it natural and just paint the bottom a beige or grey color

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 17, 2020

    Pick a contrasting gray against the majority of the gray in your Living room. And in my opinion, don't paint the top! It's gorgeous!

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Mar 17, 2020

    A green base could complement the color of the stone top. It will also go with the gray.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Mar 19, 2020

    I would leave the top, but painting the bottom with gray chalk paint would look great.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 19, 2020

    That cabinet is beautiful. I would not use chalk paint, I would lightly sand and then go to Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams and get a paint of your color choice. I would probably get an Acrylic paint.

  • Jewels Jewels on Mar 19, 2020

    Reading through all the paint suggestions...that is quite a bit of work, prep, etc. I darkened all my trim and molding from a pecan to a black\brown with a wiping stain from Old Masters off Amazon. Trim had varnish on it too. Clean well, let dry. I used old white socks to apply. Did my sisters whole bedroom suite also with 1/2 quart left..uses very little. The TRICK to this is to use a q-tip with a very little to get in your decorative grooves first. Then wipe on in strokes from one direction..DO NOT go back over or it will pick up what you just did. You can dab a little for mistakes but be quick before it dries. Other trick is to let it CURE after it 3 days. I would do it dark and not touch the marble. They make a gray wiping stain but I did not try it. Good Luck

  • Em Em on Mar 20, 2020

    Use chalk paint on the bottom. Paint it first before you make a decision to redo the top. Green is a neutral, and goes with any color, as in nature. Hold off on redoing the top until you see what a Castle grey or deeper shade of grey looks like first.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2020

    paint them white