Mint Vintage China Cabinet Makeover | The Interior Frugalista: Mint Vintage China Cabinet Makeover
Mint Vintage China Cabinet Makeover | The Interior Frugalista

April 7, 2016

Mint Vintage China Cabinet Makeover

Today I'm sharing a chalk paint color I've never used on a piece of furniture before and I have to say I've fallen in love.  A client brought me her large vintage china cabinet that had been passed down from her parents. Too large for her dining room, she wanted it to be repurposed for her basement family room.

She had her heart set on the color mint and I happened to find the last can of a discontinued color called Pistachio.  Meet her new and improved Mint Dining Room Hutch.


Vintage China Cabinet Painted Mint Green


Let's start with the before, shall we...

Four Door Dining Room Hutch Before

...and now a sneak peek at the after.

Mint chalk painted dining room hutch before and after

Unfortunately, Mr. Frugalista was out-of-town when I took the photos. This piece was too heavy and large for me to move on my own, away from the glare of the windows.


Don't you just love the color?

Mint chalkpainted hutch base

I took a sanding block to rough up the wood so it had some bite for the paint.  To achieve a nice smooth finish, I applied the chalk paint with a sponge roller. It took three coats to get just the right coverage.

Left side of mint chalkpainted hutch

The hardboard backing on the top piece was painted in the color Simplicity White, which was also applied using a sponge roller.

Right side of mint chalk painted hutch

I really liked the original hardware and decided to paint it instead. I gave my client the choice of either gold or silver and silver won.

Metallic silver spray painted hardware on mint hutch

For an extra durable finish on the shelves, I applied Tough Coat. The rest of the piece was finished with clear wax and buffed.

Tip for buffing wax on furniture:

A wooden horsehair shoe polishing brush works like a charm. I bought mine at Wal-Mart in the shoe department.

Mint chalkpainted hutch makeover After

I lined the drawers with pretty mint striped contact paper.

Paper lined drawers on Mint hutch

I was sweating bullets while painting the drawers because, by the last coat, I literally had drops left in the can. Thank goodness I had just enough paint to finish this piece.

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Mint two piece dining room hutch before and after

I will definitely be painting more pieces with this gorgeous Pistachio color.  Like I said above, this color is discontinued but I'm definitely going to try to replicate it by mixing my own custom version.

Would you paint a piece of furniture this color?

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