When we bought our dining room set almost 8 years ago, there wasn’t room in the budget for a matching china cabinet. I’ve come to be thankful for that, because the finish on the set was a compromise which made nobody happy.
I got by with storing my Depression Glass in a glass-front bookcase from Kmart for several years, but it really never was big enough and it was so dark inside that the beautiful colors of the glass were completely hidden.
Over the past year, I scoured thrift stores, secondhand stores and Craigslist in hopes of finding a used china cabinet that wouldn’t break the bank. A few months ago, I found one that I thought would work, but we were 120 miles from home without a vehicle to haul it. The next week, we went to the same store (this time with a pickup), and it was still there!
The former owner obviously got their money’s worth out of this cabinet. Lots of scratches, lots of wear, and the glass in one of the doors had been replaced. Basically it was worn and dated to a degree that I didn’t suffer one second of guilt for painting it.
I did have a hard time deciding what color to paint the hutch. Part of me really wanted to use a bright turquoise or emerald green. In fact, both The Taterbug and The Husband were in favor of turquoise. One of these days, I’m going to find a cute little corner cupboard and do exactly that! Since this hutch was going to be the new home to various colors of Depression Glass, I decided it needed to be neutral so as not to compete with the dishes.
The paint for this project didn’t cost me anything, because I used what I already had. I painted the inside a bright glossy white so that my depression glass would show up against it. Taking the back off made the inside much easier to paint. I let the paint cure for a couple of weeks before I put the dishes away to prevent them sticking to the paint. So far, so good.
The paint for the outside was a flat grey that I had bought for the dining room, only to discover that it looked white once it was on the wall. I mixed it with water and plaster of paris to make chalk paint. On the cabinet, it’s a nice khaki/grey that contrasts nicely with the white hardware. Most of the cabinet took two coats, but a few spots needed 3 coats of paint to cover.
I sanded very lightly before applying the clear wax. I bought new pulls and knobs at Hobby Lobby. The original “flying bats” drawer pulls were flat and dated, but I kept the original hinges and backer plates for the knobs, and sprayed them and the new drawer pulls glossy white.
I’m seriously thinking about dressing up the front of the doors with some plaster scrolls and roses. They seem kind of bare. what do you think?