So our girl Marcy (who now owns this vanity), has us refinishing her entire dining set, right? I was planning to post about the table and chairs first, but we noticed a spot that needed touching up… so it’s still in the “shop”.
Instead, I’m going to show you the corresponding china cabinet that IS finished, and currently dwelling in my dining room. One great thing about fixing up furniture is the constant flow of beautiful ‘new’ things coming in and out of my home!
Marcy had this gorge buffet in her possession, but she really wanted a china cabinet for her dining space. ‘Cept she really loved her buffet too. Only she wanted a china cabinet…
So she did what any sane person would do, and bought a massive clunker of a china cabinet off craigslist… JUST for the top hutch-thing! To go on top of her existing buffet! Naturally.
Girlfriend has a Navy/Gray thing going on in her dining room. With a cheery red as an accent. I made a collage of the items that she loves and/or is using in the room from her Pinterest Board.
She wanted us to use a medium-gray matte paint for the entire dining set… including this china cabinet! Along with a brownish-black glaze to help things look a little shabby and weathered. We ended up using Glidden Seal Gray which is the PERFECT medium gray tone that doesn’t have any blue or brown undertones. Of course I didn’t take any pictures of this process on the china cabinet… but since we painted the dining set the same, you can refer to that post.
More importantly, I’m going to show you how I painted the backboard of the china cabinet. Marcy basically gave me free-reign to do whatever with the backboard, as long as it was primarily navy, and had some pops of red. Check!
First things first… the backboard got a smooth coat of navy blue, and then Nick measured and drew me some vertical lines. You’ll see why in a minute.
I sized it so that just one design would fit an 8.5 x 11. Except by doing this, it looked all distorted and nasty like this:
So I just cut it out best I could, and then folded it in quarters and trimmed around the edges to make it perfect.
And then I traced it onto a transparency…
I cut it out, and now I have my template! If you don’t have a transparency, cardstock would work too. The edges may start to fray slightly after so many repetitions though.
Then, using the vertical lines that Nick strategically placed, I drew out my designs using the template! You can barrrrrily see it if you look close for the pencil lines (which I went back and touched up in the end).
Then I got busy painting! This is the fun part for me!
It took 3 coats of white in all, and several evenings to complete. But I enjoyed it, and Nick read to me while I painted! We’ve been reading through the Hunger Games together. So cheesy, I know. (not the Hunger Games… that fact that we read to each other.. hehe).
And when I was through with the white, I added a little accent with the red! I love how it makes it feel 3-dimensional.
Are you ready to see the final product? Good, cause here it is! (again, the gray color is called Seal Gray by Glidden… we get SO MANY EMAILS about this color because it’s so perfect!)
It looks so majestic in my dining room. I hope Marcy’s ceilings are high, cause this thing’s a beast! Doesn’t it look like the top hutch and the bottom buffet were MEANT to go together? I think so.