Robin’s Egg Blue Painted Cabinet

Robin’s egg blue is all the rage right now and I am it’s latest victim.

This is a Craigslist find – redo.  The large (90″) cabinet is in our foyer.

I had been looking on Craigslist for about 6 months for a large cabinet/ buffet to fill this space.  One of the drawbacks of small town life – Craigslist here SUCKS!  The same stuff that was listed in September is still there.  There might be 2 or three additions per day, unlike Atlanta when there were two or three hundred.  Anyway, I guess I wasn’t meant to find my treasure until the time was right.

This is what it looked like when we brought it home, in all it’s 1980′s glory.  Fortunately, it is a very solid, well made piece.  It is a very heavy oak.

There were some scrapes and scratches here and there, but I knew I would be covering them up; so no worries.

The first thing I did was remove the hardware, doors, and drawers.  Then I sanded the entire piece.  I did the flat surfaces with an electric palm sander and the nooks and crannies by hand.

After it was sanded I vacuumed it and wiped it all down with a tack cloth to remove the dust.

Then I painted the whole shootin’ match with oil based Kilz.  I just used the oil based version because I already had a can of it.  I ended up doing two coats of the Kilz.  The buffet had some really substantial grain markings.

In the spirit of full disclosure…my first go ’round at color was a bust.  I went  with a Sherwin Williams color called Halcyon Green.  It looked a little like bad baby poop to me so I opted for a complete do over.  Luckily Lowe’s is only about a mile from my house.  So off I went.

I ended up getting a quart of their Olympic paint in Alpine Valley with an eggshell finish.

When it first went on it was VERY vibrant.  Yikes!  Undeterred, I forged onward and painted it all.  I only ended up needing one coat.

After the coat of paint was dry I aged the entire piece with Minwax stain in Early American.  I slathered it on pretty heavily with a sponge pad, waited about 10 minutes, then wiped it down with cotton rags.

This is what it looks like all slathered up, before the wipe down.

I really like how the stain settled into the nooks and crannies.  Though it’s nearly impossible to see the true finish from these pictures, trust me it’s aged perfectly.  :)   Once the stain was thoroughly dry I did one coat of satin poly on the top (horizontal) surface.

Next up, I replaced the hardware and put it all back together.  I ended up reusing the original hardware.  It is an antiqued brass.

This is what the foyer wall looked like before this blue behemoth.  I know you’ll agree with me that this little chest of drawers was just way too small.


I am so happy that I now have room for lamps.


This heavy beast was a bugger to move, but I really love the way it turned out.  Bye bye 1980, hello pretty.

Now I need to accessorize the top.  Any suggestions?