How to create a fabulous china cabinet transformation using chalk paint!
I’ve had this great French Provincial china cabinet sitting in the garage for awhile, just waiting for it’s transformation. I bought it about 8 months ago at an estate sale and knew that it would fit perfectly into an inset area in the family room.
Here is what the cabinet looked like when we brought it home.
My inspiration is this photo from Annie Sloan’s book, (aff link) “Color Recipes for Painted Furniture”. I knew that I wanted to try to duplicate this look and had been waiting to find the right piece, and this china cabinet fit the bill perfectly.
Here is what she looks like after her transformation! Not exactly like Annie’s piece, but close!
I am loving the end result!
In case you haven’t been following along, we have been completely renovating our 1970’s fixer upper home, room by room. As we breathe new life into each room, we are lightening everything up with neutral colors of white and gray.
I love adding pops of color against all the neutral background colors and blue is one of my favorite colors to work with. Plus it works great with the gray tones we are using on the walls.
The family room is just off the kitchen and it has a small inset area next to the patio doors.
I wanted a “frenchy” style cabinet that I could display some of my French religious collectibles in and I had a feeling that an old china cabinet would work. I think this piece worked out perfectly!
I painted the inside with ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) Aubusson Blue.
Annie used Greek Blue in her piece, but I didn’t have that color on hand, so I decided to go with what I had.
The French buffet in our kitchen is painted with Aubusson Blue as one of the base colors and I loved it’s finish, so I decided it would be the perfect color on the inside of this cabinet.
Aubusson Blue is a strong blue and since the cabinet interior will be in shadow during different times of the day, I wanted a strong color on the inside.
The base coat on the outside is ASCP French Linen, another favorite color of mine. It’s a gorgeous rich gray hue.
I painted two coats of the French Linen, letting it dry between coats. After the final coat was dry, I finished it with a coat of clear wax.
After the coat of clear wax was dry, I mixed up a thin wash of ASCP Paris Gray and Old White. I thinned it with water, and taking one section at a time, brushed on the the thin wash. Then, taking a rag, I dragged it through the paint to create a washed, dragged, and distressed effect.
Using a fine sanding sponge, I did some light distressing to the edges.
The final and top coat was a mix of clear and dark wax.
I like to mix a bit of dark wax into some of the clear wax, keeping it in a separate tub. This mixture gives me an antiqued look without dealing with full strength dark wax, which can often be hard to manipulate.
(I’ve since come up with a very simple homemade glaze technique which is so much easier to use than dark wax! It results in the same great antiqued look, but without the difficulty of using the dark wax!)
After letting the cabinet dry for 24 hours, I buffed it with a soft towel to give it a wonderful sheen.
The china cabinet fits perfectly into the inset wall in the family room and I love the colors.
I’m slowly getting some of the French religious collection placed inside, and at some point, I may add interior lighting to the cabinet, but for now, we will leave it just as is!
The family room is finally finished and we love the way it turned out. I’m sure it will get tweaked many times, but it’s nice to have this major makeover completed.
The dining room renovation will be starting next and we’ve already begun the process. It’s another room that is directly off the kitchen, so it will be nice to see that room completed as well. The popcorn ceiling is already scraped and we are working on removing the avocado green flocked wallpaper! Fun times!
Want to see how this china cabinet has evolved over the years? See these posts:
Update: This china cabinet has had another makeover, which you can see HERE! Have you ever used a piece of furniture in a room that it was not originally intended for? See how we used this vintage china cabinet in the bathroom!!