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Robin's Egg Blue Cabinet Makeover

The signs of Spring are all around us...flowers poking their stems up from the ground, birds chirping, the weather warming...

...signs of change.

One of my favorite changes is painting a dark, outdated piece of furniture and seeing 'new life' emerge with a fresh coat of paint. A piece, once unnoticeable, becomes a swan!

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

That was the case with the cabinet makeover I am sharing today.

...dark to light

...dreary to fresh

...sorry-looking to stunning!

I'll admit that I'm a bit of a rebel and don't always follow the 'rules'. And I broke a few unspoken design rules in the process of bringing this dresser back into the light!

I'll tell you all about that in a minute, but first let's take a look at the before.

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

Um, yeah...pretty bad, right?

Let me show you the after, because you will not believe it's the same piece!

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

This dark armoire was my f-i-l's cabinet when he married my m-i-l and they bought their first bedroom set as newlywed's back in the 1960's. We inherited a few pieces from that collection and I've happily made the others over into new, lighter and brighter pieces...

...like the dresser that I turned into a TV console...

...and the nightstand that got a bold, brave new look with a stencil...

This furniture is solid and well made. We've used this piece as an armoire, a TV cabinet, and more recently a craft cabinet. But it was ready for a new look...dying for a new look, in fact!

Take another quick peek at the before picture of this cabinet. See those drawer pulls? Gone! They always drove me nuts because they rattled any time someone walked past.

Those weird door pulls that don't look right? GONE!

The only hardware I saved were the hinges, and they got a quick update with spray paint.

I'll include a supplies list at the end of this post, but let's get to the process (I should say PROGRESS) pictures because this turned out to be one of my very favorite furniture makeovers!

But first...remember I told you I rebelliously broke a design rule?

Here it is...

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

I fearlessly mixed two different brands of chalk paint for a whole new color! I wanted a robin's egg blue and didn't have anything in my stash of paint that was just right.

But I had these two cans of paint...

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

The pale blue that resulted was just what I was hoping for! It's very light, almost white.

Hey, these types of rules are meant to be broken, right? There's absolutely no harm in experimenting with mixing your own colors of paint, even if they are from different brands!

Here's how this makeover progressed.

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!
As always, when painting a dark piece of furniture with chalk paint, that first coat is awful! A streaky mess, but the second coat is looking a whole lot better. I gave this piece a third coat, and it was just right!

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

The same went for the drawer and door fronts. You can see why I put off painting this piece for so long...it was a BIG job and took me most of the day to complete.

But what a difference a day makes!

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

I loved the chalky finish so much, that after lightly distressing the piece, I opted to keep it as is, with no protective top coat. I didn't want any sheen.

I added sweet new knobs and arrow/key-shaped drawer pulls that absolutely fit this newly painted cabinet to a tee!

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!


I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

It's stunning, isn't it? I think it looks like Spring!

I updated a dark and dreary cabinet with a fresh coat of paint in robin's egg blue! I even mixed two brands of chalk paint to get just the color I wanted! To find out more, visit diy beautify!

Let me encourage you to be brave and bold and break a few rules when it comes to decorating your home! Don't let anyone tell you what you need to do. Go with your gut and make it great!

Here is the list of supplies that I used to complete this cabinet makeover and take it from dreary and dark to bright and fresh.

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So what do you think? Was my rule-breaking a success? If you are interested in mixing paint colors to create new colors, here is a little cheat sheet from DecoArt.

If you're new to chalk paint, you'll want to read these informative posts:



Disclosure: Rustoleum kindly provided the chalk paint used in this post. All opinions regarding painting, rebelling and mixing paint colors are my own!


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43 comments:

  1. What a stunning piece! That colour is so gorgeous... and you nailed it... perfect for a fresh spring makeover!

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  2. Fantastic makeover! And very resourceful to make your own color - that blue is such a lovely, calming shade.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! I am in love with blue.

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    1. Thank you, blue is my favorite color too, it's refreshing and uplifting!

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  4. You're making me want to paint something! I've never used chalk paint. Do you find that it adheres pretty well? Like it doesn't scrape off or get nicked easily?

    I love how fresh and "clean" this looks!

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    1. Hi Jess, chalk paint requires a couple weeks to completely cure. And if you are painting a piece that will get heavy traffic, or a table top, I would definitely recommend using wax or poly to protect the finish and give it extra durability. For this piece, as it's going to be used as a dresser in my bedroom and is in an out-of-the-way place, I didn't apply a finish. Hope that helps! And thanks so much!

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  5. What a fabulous transformation! Love the color & everything about this piece- great job!

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    1. Thank you so much Randi, I'm kind of in love with it myself :) A fresh coat of paint always makes me smile!

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  6. HI Cindy - What a stunning transformation! Visiting as a fellow contributor to #DIYMySpring. Hope your week is full of sunshine! Hugs, Holly

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    1. Holly, thank you so much for your sweet words! I've been slowly making my way through the other spring posts and am getting so inspired! I hope you have a fabulous week as well :)

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  7. I love the makeover!! What a great transformation. Visiting from the blog hop.

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    1. Thank you Karri! I appreciate your words.

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  8. Cindy that is quate a transformation, from an ugly duckling into a swan for sure! I absolutely encourage you to break all the rules in the future as well. Love that color you created. Happy Spring. I'm also visiting from the Blog hop !

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    1. Thank you Mary, I'm pretty excited that I get to be the one to keep my clothes in this pretty dresser, a swan for sure!

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  9. Beautifully done! Love the makeover! Visiting from the blog hop!
    Brooke~Re-Fabbed

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  10. looks so much better! great makeover! love the ironstone too!

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    1. And you are the sweetest! Thank you SO much!

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  12. Haha! I didn't know there were any design rules when it came to mixing chalk paint, so I've been breaking them all along. I even mix them with latex paint. But hey, when a girl is on a painting quest, just move over right! I love how your armoir turned out, the before and after are an amazing difference!! Visiting from www.shelstring and the Hometalk DIY my spring blog hop, glad I found you!!

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    1. Good for you girl, keep doing what you love! I'm so happy you chose to visit!

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  13. Just beautiful! This is one of the most dramatic transformations I've seen. I would buy this piece if I saw it in the store :)

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    1. Wow Diane,thank you so much for that endorsement!

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  14. This turned out wonderfully and I love that you thought outside the box and mixed two brands of paint! I have used the Americana Decor chalk paint before and love it. I have been thinking about brightening some pieces in my home, too!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thank you so much Carrie, I love how a fresh coat of paint brightens the space! You should go for it! Thanks so much for visiting!

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  15. That is stunning! I like your bold move to mix the two different brands of paint. Why not?? Rules were meant to be broken after all.

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    1. Thanks so much Heather, this was a fun piece to be creative with!

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  16. So pretty! The paint really brought it back to life!

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    1. Thank you so much Carrie, I agree! I feel like it's a new piece.

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  17. Cindy this makeover is beautiful! It is not overdone and the change in hardware really brings it up to a higher class! It is simply pretty! Well done! If you are at all interested in joining in on one more link party I would be happy to host your talents! Making Broken Beautiful runs every Thursday thru Sunday and is a furniture and home decor party over at The Curator's Collection. You do lovely work and I'd be honored to host you! I hope you have a great weekend!
    Smiles!
    Terry
    http://thecuratorscollection.wordpress.com
    Making Broken Beautiful

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  18. What a beautiful transformation! Love how you created your own custom color- so subtle yet cheerful!
    Visiting from the blog hop
    Cheers!

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  19. It's so awesome, Cindy! Thanks for sharing at The DIY Collective!

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  20. Wow... what a transformation Cindy. The colour is gorgeous and the new hardware gives a totally updated look. I love that you've been able to freshen up a family hand-me-down, so that it can continue on with a new look. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring your cabinet make-over at tomorrow's party. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. Thanks so much Kerryanne. I have wanted to paint that cabinet for years, and am so pleased with how it turned out! My daughter now wants it for her room, lol. I'm so happy to be featured!

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  21. Hey Cindy! Just letting you know I picked this great piece to feature this week on Friday's Furniture Fix that goes live on Thursday nights at 9:00. Thanks for linking up with us!

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  22. Loved it! I love the color you chose and that you gave new life to this cabinet! Bravo! Did I also mention how much I love your styling of the pitchers on the cabinet? Your post will be featured this week on Friday Favorites at mustlovehome.com. I would love for you to stop by and see your feature!! Hugs- Christine at Must Love Home

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  23. I love it. Paint always does wonders. I mix all the time. It seems I ever have just the right color when a inspiration hits. This piece is so large. It was best to just go with it when you were for it

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