Painting A China Hutch With Duck Egg Blue

Painting a China Cabinet


Hello friends!

One of my recent projects that I’m sharing today, is how I painted my china hutch to give it a fresh new look.

It was a perfectly fine hutch, just really dark. A big brown piece of furniture that didn’t do anything for the room it was in.

Here is the before picture:


Like I said, that’s a whole lotta brown! And the dark color makes it look twice as big as it actually is.

 I decided to go ahead and paint it a color that would really stand out in the living room and brighten things up.

I went to a great little shop by my house that sells both Milk Paint & Chalk Paint. I settled on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue with a coat of the clear wax. It’s the prettiest soft blue. If you haven’t tried AS before, it’s pretty much odor free and easy really to work with. No sanding or laborious prep of your piece is needed.


I have to say, I was was a little nervous because once I started, there was no going back. I had to commit. So, I took a deep breath  and got to work.

I painted two coats in one day (this paint dries fast) waited a few days, then applied a coat of the AS clear wax to seal and protect the paint.

 A small investment of money and time for a big impact!

I love how it turned out.





If you are thinking about doing something like this, I say go for it! Painting furniture is a really budget friendly way to update an old piece.

If it’s a valuable piece of furniture, I would suggest taking a class first at a local shop that sells the paint, or watching some demos on YouTube (there are lots) .

But have no fear, like they say, you really can’t mess this stuff up.


22 thoughts on “Painting a China Cabinet

  1. Okay, I am taking you at your word, I am going to go for it! The old armoire is black, I am kind of excited to think I don’t have to sand it…I am nervous like you were but tomorrow I head out to find the paint! Your china cabinet is amazing! You totally updated and transformed this piece of furniture! I am pinning this and sharing it over at FB and Twitter!
    Chloe Crabtree recently posted…13 Ways to Use Rope in your Interior DecorMy Profile

    1. Chloe how exciting! You will just love how much lighter and brighter it will be and feel like a brand new piece of furniture! I can’t wait to see how your project turns out! Thank you so much for sharing this :)

  2. This is so pretty! I’ve been looking for a hutch like this for a long time but haven’t been able to find one with a reasonable price tag. I am in love with the paint color you chose. It looks so perfect that I would believe you bought it that way. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. I am so happy you joined the party and hope to see you again tonight at 9 est.
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  3. I saw this onThoughts From Alice and had to come over and take a peek. I love paint and how it can really transform an object. We have an old china hutch that’s been in my husbands family and I would love to do something like this; but not sure because of it “being in the family”, if you know what I mean. If I had my choice, I’d do it; but I also need my husbands approval on this one.
    Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage recently posted…Great Tips for Choosing The Perfect Paint ColorMy Profile

    1. I do know Carol! We had an old dresser once that my husband’s mother gave us and he wouldn’t let me paint it…it needed it though, it’s too bad!
      I love this hutch so much more now, it felt so heavy and old fashioned before. Paint is the best decorating tool!
      Thanks for stoping by and I hope that you will come back on Mondays and join our Something to Talk About link party!

    1. Thanks Monica! I appreciate the visit! I hope that you will stop back by for the Something to Talk Abput link party that starts on Monday mornings!

  4. I’m in love! What a beautiful transformation. I’m desperately searching for a china cabinet for my home but can’t seem to find the perfect one. I admit I’m keep my budget small so it may be the reason I haven’t found the “right one” yet. This is seriously stunning and one of my all time favourite colours! Can I ask did you do any sanding at all before hand or just a small amount to allow the AS paint to grab? Also did you do any saving between the final coat of paint and the wax? I ask as I’m not sure if you gave it a little bit of a weathered look as I can’t see close enough with the photos. I’m I’ve been meaning to paint a piece in my lounge but have been scared and now you’ve inspired me to just get on with it! Pinning this for later reference. Stopping by from #homemattersparty
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    1. Hi Maria! I am just thrilled to meet you!
      I actually kind of “inherited” this hutch in our last home. When we moved here, I actually thought about taking the top piece off and just using the bottom but my husband didn’t want to have to move and store it. So I eventually decided to paint it and I’m so glad that I did!
      I didn’t do ANY sanding or prep before painting and I opted not to do any sanding of the paint pre-wax for a weathered look. I personally really loved the clean non-distressed look of it and didn’t have the heart to do it!
      You should go for it with the piece that you have, it’s super easy and not vry time consuming.
      You will have to share the results with me if you do :)

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