Washed Gray China Cabinet

Hello all!  I have another makeover to share, this time a china cabinet.


This piece was found on craigslist, here is the original photo from the ad.


As you can see, the piece has very pretty lines and a good amount of storage.  What you can’t see in the photo is that the finish is in poor condition with scratches, dings, and uneven wear over the whole piece.  I felt paint could fix that and give this tired cabinet an updated and fresh feel.  I chose Country Chic’s Lazy Linen, a soft gray, for the exterior and Elegance, a muted blue/green, for the interior.   Country Chic paint covers extremely well but because I wanted to create more of a “washed” look, I thinned the paint with water so that I would achieve less opaque coverage.  In order to keep paint off of the glass, I slipped pages of a catalogue under the fretwork and after one coat of paint, here is how it looked.


I added a second coat of paint and then sanded the entire exterior with fine grit sandpaper.   This blended the paint, gave the piece a very smooth feel, and highlighted the details.  I then topped it with two coats of Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish.  This stuff is awesome!  It goes on very easily, gives a completely matte finish, doesn’t yellow, and leaves no brush strokes.



I like using formal pieces like this in a more casual setting and opted to fill it with simple white dishes, our everyday cloth napkins, and silver flatware. Besides providing beautiful storage in a kitchen or dining room, a piece like this would also look lovely in a bath filled with fluffy white towels and apothecary items or as a bar stocked with entertaining essentials.


The silver belonged to my late grandmother.  Many years ago as I young child  I mentioned that I thought it was beautiful.  Years later, just before she passed away, my grandmother remembered that comment and made sure the silver was passed along to me.  It’s one of my most cherished possessions, I’m reminded of her every single time I use it.


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this makeover!


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    • says

      Thanks Jamie! Organized is not something I usually am so I especially appreciate the comment! Have a great weekend!

  1. says

    That is lovely! I’ve been wondering how to go about this kind of thing, and whether I can do it. This post makes me think that I can.. We have a very similar cabinet and it honestly never occurred to me to paint it. But now I see how it could look.

    • says

      Thank you! Best of luck if you decide to paint your cabinet and feel free to reach out with any questions you might have!

    • says

      Lauren, what a nice thing to say! Thank you!!! And thanks for taking the time to check out my post and comment, I really appreciate it!

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