Easy China Cabinet Makeover: Kilz Chalk Paint Review
BRING OUTDATED FURNITURE BACK TO LIFE EASILY WITH A LITTLE PAINT, PAIRED WITH THE PERFECT WALLPAPER. CHECK OUT THIS SIMPLE DIY CHINA CABINET MAKEOVER
One thing I really love about a home decorating style is that it can constantly evolve. I have “grown” in & out of styles over the years & I know I’m not done yet!
When we moved into our first real-life adult home my style was French country. I big puffy heart loved lace, linens, & soothing creamy & pale pink colors.
Then, I morphed into a farmhouse country style (thanks Joanna Gaines) & I added more rustic elements to my decor.
Once we moved into our current home though, I knew I wanted to turn this cookie-cutter house into a craftsman style home with modern farmhouse decor.
But if I bought new decor every time my home style changed Justin would leave me & I would be the crazy furniture lady! So I learned how to update my furniture to match my current home style.
My most recent revamp project is this modern china cabinet makeover!
We bought this piece from a thrift store for $100 & it has traveled with us to both our homes. I adore the cabinet because its antique-looking & is a size that is functional in most rooms. Currently, its located in our formal dining room & it was way past due for an update.
Dinning Room China Cabinet Makeover:
It definitely wasn’t in bad shape, just not my current homestyle anymore. The cream color is original from when we bought it & it was just looking a little blah.
My soul wanted this piece to have a more modern edgy vibe that fit in with my modern farmhouse theme, so I started with Kilz chalk paint.
This was my first time using Kilz Chalk paint, I chose Toasted Poppyseed for the color. I knew I wanted the cabinet’s color to pop, but the darker color kept it classic so it wouldn’t need another update for a while!
I like the Kilz chalk paint okay, it did separate in the can a bit (even after I shook it long enough to build up a sweat) & it was dry so I did have to add some water.
Would I use this brand chalk paint again… honestly probably not. I loved the color but the paint itself wasn’t the easiest to work with. I usually make my own chalk paint using my chosen color mixed with Plaster of Pairs & water.
Finally, after two coats of chalk paint, the painting portion of the project was completed & it was on to the fun part!
If you follow along with us on Instagram, I asked y’all to pick between four wallpapers & this was the winner ( honestly my personal favorite too)! I adore the colors & fun pattern.
This wallpaper was the peel & stick kind praise the lord! I simply measured the top section of the china cabinet & cut the paper to fit & so on for the rest of the back wall.
Just like in my serving tray makeover I used the “right” tool for the job & smoothed out the paper using a gift card. I promise someday I will become an adult DIY blogger & buy one of
I chose to leave the inside of the cabinet cream to match the background of the wallpaper. It helped keep the dark Kilz chalk paint balanced & not overpowering.
This DIY china cabinet makeover is offically swoon worthy! What a huge difference some paint & a little bit of wallpaper make.
How To Decorate A China Cabinet
My no fail way to decorate a china cabinet is to use white plates & decor. Especially if your china cabinet has a busy wallpaper backing or pop of color, the white plates look classic & keep the focus on the furniture.
Can I tell y’all a little secret? My white china cabinet plates are all from the Dollar Tree! Talk about super budget savvy decor!
This modern china cabinet makeover definitely makes my heart happy & was very budget savvy, which makes Justin’s heart happy, win-win!
Let me know what yall think about the wallpaper choice!