A Fabulous Color Combo for Furniture

Neutrals in home décor are hot.

Now I know there are many color-lovers out there, but just a quick look through Pinterest or decorating magazines will show how popular the neutral look has become.

There’s even a whole magazine devoted to white interiors!

As a furniture painter, I want my work to sell, but I just cannot stand to paint the same neutral white or off-white over and over again.

This time I tried something in between. How about a color combo? Maybe neutral on the outside and a beautiful blue on the inside.

Hmmm. Does that sound like a mullet? You know, “business in the front and party in the back”.

I assure you, this china cabinet is more stylish than that!


But first, here’s its before shot……

This piece was missing the glass in the door. Normally that’s not a problem and I would usually just cut another one to fit. The issue with this one is that it had a curvy top, which would have been more expensive to have it made and nearly impossible for me to cut on my own.

I decided to take the door completely off and I actually like it better this way.

Also, the back had a crack in it, so I decided to remove it.

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The painting process…

The first step (after a cleaning and light sanding) was to paint the whole piece in Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color Pure White.

I did not prime this one…more on that in a minute.

Since I removed the back, I needed to replace it. So I bought a sheet of beadboard and painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue.

Then to give it more dimension and to really highlight those grooves in the beadboard, I went over it with a light glaze coat, wiping it back until it settled into the lines and just gave a hint of color to the rest.

It was about this time, when I realized that there were a few minuscule pink dots that had bled through the surface of my white paint. Usually, you don’t have to prime before using chalk paint, but occasionally, you’ll get a stubborn piece of furniture.

But no big deal, we can easily fix that. Just take a bit of B-I-N Shellac base primer….

and dab it onto the stain.

If you can’t find the shellac-based primer or prefer a water-based primer, there is a synthetic shellac primer made by the same company that works well, too.

When the primer dries, use a small brush and paint over the primer with your chalk paint, making sure that it’s blended out. Sand it a tiny bit if necessary.

A fabulous color combo…

Finally, I sealed the whole thing with topcoat and my husband nailed the new beadboard to the back.

I love the color combo of the white, duck egg blue, and the natural wood.


Are you a color-lover, are you more of a neutrals-all-the-way type, or do you like a combination?

Looking around my house, I definitely lean heavily toward the neutrals but with a little color thrown in for good measure:)

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  1. Carrie, I really like what you did with this piece. You changed if from 1960s to 2017 with your creative eye. I know how hard it is to find anyone to cut glass on a curve now. And, most of the glass is made in China and is nothing like the shiny original. You did a very good job. And, it must have been so much easier to paint the back when it wasn’t on the cabinet yet. Bravo. This is the best I’ve seen on the pecan French Provencial furniture. ~Ginene

    1. Thanks, Ginene! I know, from looking at the furniture in your shop, that you have a great eye for these things. Thanks for your kind compliments!

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