You know how there are things you just love and you can live with forever. Then there are things that you loved at the time you did them, and even for years after, but then the time comes when you just need to change things up. Well, this kitchen china cabinet makeover is the latter.
For a while there I was starting to think it wasn’t going to happen.
My decoupaged kitchen counter took much longer than I thought it would so it kinda slowed down my progress on other projects.
Here’s a before picture of the china cabinet in my Kitchen Makeover Adventure Begins post.
I packed the Royal Albert Old Country Roses china away in their original boxes and got to work.
To fit in with my aqua and red kitchen makeover this cabinet needed a complete overhaul.
Each shelf has 3 glass inserts.
I removed them and stored them in a thick tea towel to keep them safe
The first thing I wanted to do was get rid of that burgundy.
I painted the inside with two coats of the same high hide white paint and primer combo that I used on my kitchen walls and on the faux tile backsplash.
This china cabinet is a bit of a pain because the side windows aren’t doors, so I had to use a little craft paint brush to paint the fronts of the shelves.
Because of the hard angle this took three coats.
Kitchen China Cabinet Makeover Take 1
I thought I wanted the outside of the china cabinet to be red so I bought a little sample can of Hot Tamale Red because I knew I wouldn’t need much paint. The lady in the paint section said I would be all right foregoing the tinted grey primer usually required because of the green shade that I was covering.
After applying one coat to the bottom section and four to the top I didn’t like it at all. Actually I hated it, and you know I really dislike something when I use the “h” word… because I rarely do.
When I painted my living room walls red years ago I vowed that I would never paint anything red again, but it seems I had forgotten that. I think the only reason they stayed red for so long was because of all the trouble I went through to paint them.
They are now a pretty blue, but I digress. lol. Back to this makeover.
Check out the colour difference between the four-coated top and the one-coated bottom. Why is it that I seem to prefer the reds that need tinted primers and umpteen coats? I just like their tone I guess.
No matter. Just like I changed my mind about the kitchen cupboard colour, literally while on my way to the paint store having already chosen a colour, I changed my mind here too.
In my world it is never ever too late to change my mind.
I would rather start again and be happy than continue down a road that just isn’t doing it for me.
It’s very easy to mix your own paint. So I grabbed my Enchanted Evening kitchen cabinet aqua and mixed it with some of the white. I did about a half to half ratio.
Kitchen China Cabinet Makeover Take 2
Soooo. Much. Better.
Now I had a completely new vision and I instantly knew what had to go on the inside. All I had to do now was find it by the weekend.
I didn’t find my first choice when I was out last Friday, but I did find a few fun things that I could use in a pinch at a dollar store.
Two plastics table cloths, one in a red and white check and the other in a herringbone-like pattern, and some large polka dot napkins.
I was bound and determined to get my china cabinet done this past weekend no matter which one of these I was going to use.
Any of the three would have looked good I think.
But thankfully when John and I went out for our usual brunch on Saturday, and a little thrifting and shopping too, I found this fabulous $1 roll of polka dot gift wrap at a different dollar store.
Woohoo! It was exactly what I had envisioned in my mind. It was perfect!
I do love me some polka dots. 🙂
Polka Dot Kitchen China Cabinet Makeover
So, all I needed to get this makeover done was a ruler, a pencil, a measuring tape, scissors, and some double sided carpet tape.
I measured the inside areas of my cabinet, marked my measurements on the wrapping paper, and cut out the pieces.
Then I placed the gift wrap pieces on the back of the china cabinet using just a few small pieces of the double sided carpet tape. I used one in each corner and one in the middle of the top and the bottom.
This went much easier than I expected. The gift wrap is so thin that I was worried about it tearing, but it was all good.
Not making the paper permanent means I can easily change it in the future if I ever change my mind.
I really love this colour combo so I don’t think I’ll be changing it any time soon.
Famous last words. 🙂
For the finishing touch I spray painted the hardware a bright apple red.
The red really pops on that pretty light aqua.
The tone of the aqua looks slightly different at different times of the day depending on the light. To me that just makes it more interesting.
Here’s the before again.
And the after.
I’m so happy with how my kitchen china cabinet makeover turned out.
I figure this kitchen china cabinet makeover cost $3 for the portion of the red sample paint that I used. If I skipped over that red mistake it would have only cost me 50 cents for half the roll of wrapping paper. I had the red spray paint, which I didn’t use much of anyway, and the double sided tape already.
I’m thrilled that I started over when my first makeover attempt was going in the wrong direction.
Never be afraid to change your mind mid-project if it doesn’t feel right. It’s so much better to do that than to continue on with something you’re not loving.
Trust your gut instincts and your projects will most likely turn out better than you even imagined.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!