The older I get the more I want to laugh, and I want the decor in my home to be happy and fun. That doesn’t mean I don’t take decorating seriously.
Oh no, I take fun decorating very seriously. 🙂
Here’s the before of the huge vintage sagey green china cabinet. And when I say huge… I do mean huge! It’s 7 feet tall by six feet wide.
This cabinet held our year round Christmas Village for years, but we decided a while back to downsize our village and pack it away. The smaller version will be set up elsewhere each Christmas.
I’ve known for ages what I wanted my china cabinet to look like and when I told my wonderful hubby what I had in mind, he said what he always says…. go for it.
Lucky me! 🙂
So I let myself go, and I have to say that there’s something so therapeutic about total creative freedom.
What better time to do a hot makeover than in the middle of a cold and snowy winter? You probably know what the ‘hot’ in hot china cabinet makeover means but if not, you’ll see shortly.
Hot China Cabinet Makeover
Before I could repaint the inside of the cabinet I had to get the glass shelves out of the way. They stretch all the way across the interior and the only way to take them out is to remove an end pane of glass.
I remember what a pain that was when we brought this piece home from an auction years ago so that was definitely not happening.
Instead, I very carefully lowered the three shelves down one by one onto the bottom of the cabinet interior, separating them with books.
I covered the glass shelves with newspaper and painted the interior with 3 coats of an ooops white.
Then I painted the outside with two coats of the hot pink that I used on my craft room ceiling.
I used this thrifted funky hot pink fabric on my chicken wire inspiration board a few years ago, and had plenty left over to use here.
I measured the inside of the cabinet and laid out my fabric.
Then I measured and marked the fabric.
After I cut out my four pieces it was time to hang them using this double sided adhesive hanging tape.
I cut and placed the adhesive along the back of the cabinet in 5 places across each back section.
Then I simply removed the protective paper from the tape and hung my fabric, pressing down firmly where the tape and fabric met.
I did the top three areas first, and put the glass shelves back in place.
Then I painted the bottom area white and hung the fabric.
The reason I painted the back areas white, even though I was hanging the fabric, is because if I ever decide to remove the fabric I’ll be starting with a nice blank white canvas. I’m also thinking that dark blue might have shown through.
I really wanted the hardware to be white so I spray painted it with Linen White chalk spray paint, and I used a wax spray coating on top that didn’t make it into the picture.
Here’s the before again.
I wish I had a before of the before, but I painted this china cabinet sage green years ago and I didn’t worry about before pics before I was blogginh. The original finish was very fake wood looking, probably from the 60s or 70s.
And here’s the hot after.
Now every time I walk into the living room and see my china cabinet it and makes me smile.
I’m tickled pink! 🙂
All I have to do now is fill it with my silver treasures. I’ll post that when I’ve got it done. It could take longer than this makeover did. lol.
UPDATE: You can now check out how I displayed my vintage silver collection in this china cabinet.
When was the last time you just let yourself go on a project? Doing exactly what you wanted to do without thinking too much about it?
Try it… you’ll like it. 🙂
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Thanks so much for reading and until next time…