Mint Mid-Century China Cabinet Makeover

Today I'm sharing a furniture makeover painted in a color I've never been drawn to. The only reason I painted the mint mid-century china cabinet makeover that color is because it was for a client.



She had her heart set on painting the vintage china cabinet, passed down from her parents, a Pistachio mint green. Too large for her dining room, she wanted the cabinet lightened to use in her basement family room. To my surprise, I fell in love with the color!



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

Mint Painted Vintage China Cabinet Makeover

This particular paint color is being discontinued by Country Chic Paint and I happened to get the last can on the shelf. I love the color so much that I used what little paint was leftover in the can on a children's rocking chair and painted hardcover books for Spring.



This is what the vintage china cabinet looked like before the makeover.



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

And here it is all pretty in mint green. I apologize for the glare in the photos. The cabinet was too heavy for me to move away from the glare of the windows and Mr. Frugalista was out-of-town.



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

Don't you just love the color?



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Here's How I Did It

First, I lightly sanded the wood with a 150-grit sanding block to rough it up a bit so the paint had some bite. Instead of brushing the paint, I rolled it on with a small foam roller.



It took three coats of paint to cover the dark stain with a one-hour wait time between coats. I also lightly sanded the paint with 220-grit sandpaper between each coat for a nice smooth finish.



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

The back on the top of the hutch is painted Simplicity white by Country Chic Paint. It is also rolled on with a small foam roller and took four coats to cover the dark wood.



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

Instead of replacing the original hardware, we decided to paint the pulls with metallic matte nickel spray paint.



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

For an extra durable finish on the shelves only, I rolled two coats of Tough Coat by Country Chic Paint. The rest of the piece is finished with clear wax and buffed to a matte finish.



Pro-Tip

Buffing wax, especially on a large piece like this is hard on the arms. I make the job much easier by using a horsehair shoe shining brush. It works like a charm!



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

I always like to line the drawers on my furniture makeovers with pretty paper. I found some lovely mint-striped contact paper for this piece.



A vintage mid-century china cabinet makeover and how to give it a much lighter and brighter look with pretty Pistachio mint green chalk style paint.

As I mentioned earlier, sadly this gorgeous pistachio color is discontinued. I loved it so much that I tried to replicate the color with a custom mix. I did manage to get a fairly close match on this mint vintage jewelry box and Mint No. 9 Jewelry Box makeovers.



In the meantime, I found another similar mint color that I like for these pretty stenciled turned leg nesting tables.



Would you paint furniture this color?



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  1. I think it is just gorgeous. Did you ever recreate this color or find a similar one? Would love to hear about it!

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    1. Thank you Kate, it is a very pretty color! You dug deep into my archives to find this makeover. LOL And thank you for the reminder that I need to add links to other furniture makeovers I've since done in a mint color. Will update this post shortly.

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