Don’t it make my brown cabinet blue.

Crystal Gayle, anyone? No? Allrightythen.

Alternate title: Tramp Stamping the China Cabinet.

Notice anything different about my china cabinet?

While the painters were painting the dining room, I had to unload my entire china cabinet so that they could move it without fear of breaking anything. Check out my dining table loaded down with all it’s contents. Oy vey at all the glassware I have!

While it was empty I decided to finally slap a coat of paint on the ugly brown wood backerboard. It has been bugging me ever since we moved into this house! I never even noticed it at the old house because our dining room walls were brown, and the back of the china cabinet blended right in with the wall.

See? Blends right in.

It was no big deal until we moved here and suddenly all I could see when I looked at my pretty china cabinet was the fugly brown back.

So this week that changed. First went a coat of white paint as a primer. I used one of the numerous Sherwin Williams paint samples that I had lying around. I wasn’t sure what color I wanted to go with, but I knew something was better than nothing so I started with white.

I could tell that was not going to be the final answer just by looking at the first coat. I compared some paint samples to the wall color and it was very similar to SW Foggy Day. So then I remembered that somewhere in my paint sample stash I had a little quart of Sherwin Williams Foggy Day! It’s like it was meant to be. I had considered using it on my bedroom walls when we first moved in, but it didn’t really do much for me in that room so I nixed it. I knew it was a nice slate blue grey color that would go well with the new dining room color. I wanted it to blend into the background again like it did before, so I slapped up two coats of paint on the back and let that dry.

This was looking a lot better already, but I still wasn’t 100% happy with it. Too blah.

It needed something else.

So I headed to Hobby Lobby one night after work and found a big paisley wall stencil.

I also grabbed some “dazzling metallic elegance” DecoArt craft paint in an assortment of silvery green colors and some sponges.

Then late one night I did some of this:

And a whole lot of this:

Which gave me this:

And I just kept rotating it around in some kind of randomness until it looked like this:

Much better.

I loved it so much I just kept going all the way down on the shelves, too.

Then I loaded it back up with all my stuff.

I love the way it looks peeking out from behind my Grandma’s plates.

I don’t own any real china, by the way. I never saw the point in it.

But I do love my china cabinet, even though it should just be called a “sentimental cabinet”. I have a lot of inherited things along with my wedding stuff inside of it.

I like to mix all my old stuff like the Libbey glasses that I inherited from my Grandma in with my newer stuff from Willow House and my Wilton serving stuff. It’s not so stuffy and formal that way.

J says it looks like the china cabinet has been tattooed.

But the paisley pattern makes it more of a “drank too many Bartles & James in college and got this girly tattoo” kind of tattoo, so I guess you could say I have officially tramp stamped my china cabinet.

Keepin it klassy, y’all.

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  1. What a great way to lighten up a cabinet! Love this idea!

  2. Love love love LOVE it!!! It looks fantastic!

  3. JCHokie says:

    Oh my gosh, that turned out so well! It looks awesome, great job! I seriously love your dining room. Running to SW’s today to pick up samples. 😉

  4. BluBabesCreate says:

    So pretty! It really complements all of the silver! Come see what I did with an abandoned reupholstery project!

  5. Christine says:

    AMAZING! It’s making me wish I didn’t donate my old china cabinet to Goodwill 🙁 Looks like I need to find a “new” one.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I love the new look! Beautiful! It is such a great idea to update the look! I love the stencil!

  7. Oh, this looks so beautiful! What a great job you did and it really brightens up your hutch.
    Be a sweetie,

  8. this look beautiful luv how you use the silver metallic paint..
    I’m inviting you to join our linking party every Wednesday at
    Have a fabulous week,

  9. Jess@Balancing The Dream says:

    wow!! this turned out beautiful!! I love the detail!

  10. Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville says:

    Oh! I love it!!!! I love the metallic paint and I love the “tramp stamping!”.
    Like you, I also never got “real china”. I didn’t see the point, glad I didn’t bc I’ve inheirited alot. Each of my children have their own set via ancestors.
    I also wanted to say that I LOVE the paint color of your dining room. It really opens the space with the light color. Beautiful. I am extremely jealous of your floors.
    And finally, I am soooo singing the song:
    “Tell me you love me and don’t let me cry
    Say anything but don’t say goodbye
    I didn’t mean to treat you bad
    Didn’t know just what I had
    But honey now I do
    Don’t it make my brown eyes
    Don’t it make my brown eyes blueeeeeeeeeeeeee…”

  11. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Beth, what a great creative way to lighten up your china cabinet! Love love love the stencil! And what lovely things you have!
    I have a built in china cabinet that I want to spruce up. This just might be the way to do it!
    What an inspirational visit1

  12. that is so creative and absolutely beautiful!

  13. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    That looks fantastic! (I totally got the Crystal Gayle reference, btw.)
    I have those same teeny tiny Libby leaf glasses. I love the mix of old, new and sentimental. Seriously? Who has “real” china these days… your display and tramp stamp are lovely. 🙂

  14. You should totally have gone with the “Tramp Stamping the China Cabinet” title!

    I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. I can’t wait until we have space to have furniture like that…and hopefully we’ll make it look as amazingly beautiful as yours!!

  15. Wow, this was awesome and such a creative idea!

  16. Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging says:

    Wow, you are one brave girl.

    Looks beautiful.

  17. love it…gotta try that!
    stacey of Embracing Change

  18. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love it and your display inside is just perfect. So happy to have found your blog. Hugs, Marty

  19. Twice Nice says:

    THAT is brilliant! I must try some stenciling soon. Thanks for such inspiration.

  20. Kathy in FW TX says:

    stunning! NOW I know exactly what I want to do with the back of my hutches! This is sooooo gorgeous. You may be my newest hero!

  21. Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise says:

    Hi Beth!
    Your china cabinet project is so creative, & it came out great! I joined your GFC, and I’m featuring this project you linked up with us at Our House Of Joyful Noise, this Tuesday. Grab a FEATURED button, and toot your horn, if you’d like! : )

  22. birdsandsoap says:

    I love this! I’ve been contemplating painting my china cabinet for years; it was my grandmother’s and part of me is dying thinking about covering up the wood, but hey, I want to enjoy it to the max! I’m going with a robin-egg-blue type of color and instead of lining it with paper like I originally planned, I think this is just what the Dr. ordered! Thanks, newest follower!

  23. It looks awesome with the stencil! Can never go wrong with paisley!!

  24. Wow, That was a really good facelift for Your cabinet. It is really cool and a brilliant idea. more People should be brave enough to do what you did

  25. I love how this turned out Beth…really Love it!

  26. I love your idea. I have been thinking of making a change to update my china cabinet and this is it!



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