Well, guys, I think I’m going to do it. I think my big summer project is going to be painting the china cabinet.

Excuse me while I take a few deep breaths and think about what I’ve just said.

I’m still really intimidated. I’m all about keeping it real with you guys, so there won’t be any false bravado here. But I have to believe that if 8 billion bloggers around the world can do it, there isn’t any reason why I shouldn’t be able to. (Right?)

So! First things first. Let’s talk colors. I’ve been looking at a lot of DIY painted china cabinets online for the last few weeks, and there are three colors that I keep finding myself drawn to. I would, however, like to get your opinions. Between the below three options, which shade of grey/gray do you prefer?

1. Behr Light French Grey

2. Martha Stewart Living Bedford Gray

3. Annie Sloan Paris Gray Chalk Paint

I think I’m leaning toward the Behr or the Martha color, but I can’t decide. Thoughts?

Additionally, I’m planning to cover the inside with a pretty patterned wallpaper, like this blogger did. I’m between these two options:

Do you prefer #1 (Black and White AP7480 Open Trellis Wallpaper) or #2 (White Black KB8652 Trellis Wallpaper)? I think I like the second one better…right?

I have to look a little closer at the construction of the cabinet as well. If possible, I’d love to replace the (deadly) glass shelves with safety glass from a hardware store, but at the moment I’m not sure how I would get the old shelves out and the new shelves in.

Eesh, you guys. I’m still kind of scared, but I’m excited too. Be sure to leave your opinions in the comments. And I’ll definitely keep you updated.

4 Responses to Cabinet DIY: Phase One

  • Melanie says:

    My vote is for Matha and open trellis. I’m so excited to see what you do with it! You are inspiring me to take a second (or third) look at our cabinet-thing in our dining room. It’s a hand-me-down in dark green and I want to change it up a bit. Our kitchen colors are pretty bold–yellow, orange, and red–and I don’t know whether to keep with the bold or go neutral.

    • Justine Lorelle says:

      Thanks for voting! I think I agree with your choices…but it’s such a big piece of furniture, I’m nervous to just DO it.

      Do you have color on the walls in your kitchen? You could always do your cabinet-thing in a crisp white. That way, if you change the colors eventually, it would still work with whatever you chose. (Also, please see that white and gold cabinet I linked to. It’s GORGEOUS.)

      • Melanie says:

        Our dining room is just the standard apartment-beige. It’s the room we really haven’t done much with. I found my dream table/chairs, but don’t have a spare 4k to get them. 🙂

        I’m sure I’ll be pinning different color combos and ruminating on what would be best.
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