Saturday, 24 August 2013

My Free China Cabinet Re-Do


You may have seen a photo of my free china cabinet, but today I wanted to take you step by step through the process from beginning to end.
This was how it all began.
My husband drug this up from the basement of the home we recently purchased.
My first step was to guard the glass by sliding old calendar pages between the glass and the wooden cut work pattern on the door.
Use anything stiff, like old cereal boxes, if you don't have an old calendar.
Next I painted the cabinet with a coat of primer.
My favourite is Kilz.
I had to give it two coats of interior laytex turquoise paint.
I didn't like the new look of the paint job, so I went back with my sander and added a little age to it!
I just love the chippy, shabby look it has now.
I haven't gotten the inside done yet.
That will have to be my next tutorial!
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  1. WOW! I'm speechless. My first reaction was you painted it? But, let me tell you, it is beautiful!! Good job! LOVEEEEEE IT!!!! Have a great weekend. Blessings.

  2. A great redo! My first reaction was that you painted it, too! But it sure looks good. Was it one of those veneer pieces? If so, I'm totally good with it. Ha!

  3. Lucky you! What a lovely little cabinet and I love the color you painted it! Good job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. its beautiful and what a wonderful color, thats a really popular color right now, I lve it, what an improvement, I have one thats needs this done but I am putting it off, you may have given me the encouragement, we'll see, lol you did such a great job and I really like the shabbiness to it,!

  5. It turned out!
    I especially love the color with that design......perfection! Heidi

  6. The china cabinet looks great, I did something similar with mine, and I really love the way you added the accessories on top.

  7. I just LOVE that piece! The only thing we found when we bought our house (several years ago) was a vintage blowmold Christmas decoration. The crystal is absolutely gorgeous! Have you checked out any of the Gene Florence books? A friend loaned me several of his books and I was able to identify several pieces I have. Good luck!

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  9. It looks great Kimberly. I like the tip about putting cardboard or calendar pages between the glass and moulding when painting. Enjoy the day!

  10. You did such a good job and it looks perfect.

  11. I love how it turned out. Don't you wonder why people leave their belongings behind? That piece is worth taking.

  12. That really looks great. Good idea about sliding the pages between fretwork and glass. It turned out perfect. Are you painting the inside the same color or a contrasting color? xo Diana

  13. Man, found it in the basement! So lucky, it is gorgeous! Hum, I guess I need a basement to find treasures in it! Good luck on the chandelier you are working on!


  14. You did a great job! You have such a talent for making something old into something new.

  15. It is a fantastic blue. I really like that color. You did a very nice job with it.

  16. Love that pop of color! Great job!

  17. Great job. I love the new look. xo Laura

  18. Wow, absolutely beautiful! I am always terrified of painting (not sure why), but you make it seem so easy and the end result is just lovely :) I was reading your profile and saw you live in northern dad's side of the family is Canadian and I lived in Southampton, Ontario for several years. I love it there and always enjoy going back to visit. I am your newest follower and I look forward to visiting again.


  19. Wow that turned out great!! I love you took the sander to it...changed everything... Great job!!


  20. Your china cabinet is really beautiful, I love the colour you painted it, and thanks so much for showing how you did it. It helps to see how others do their painting.
    Have a good week!

  21. I love it! Beautiful! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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