Friday, January 2, 2015

A Fabulous Facelift for a China Cabinet



Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season - we had a lot of good food, drinks and merriment with family and friends. But I'm ready to get back to work and share a project I completed a few months ago.

I had this china cabinet in my "queue" for a while before I finally decided what I wanted to do it. It was a typical vintage piece from the 30's - 40' - in really great condition, but just needed a little "pick- me-up" for today's decor and lifestyles.

I took the fretwork out of the china cabinet doors. Not necessarily because anything was wrong with them, I just didn't want the complicated fretwork to compete with my idea for the interior.


It was in such great condition, it barely needed any prep aside from the usual sanding and priming. I wanted to paint it white, but decided to try a little more muted white in General Finishes Antique White. Several coats later, a topcoat by General Finishes, and a fabric backing by Waverly, it turned into this!







Here's a closer look at the fabric - it has a subtle blue and mocha pattern that is just beautiful!





The original hardware was in fantastic condition - just a gentle polish and she was good to go!






Lovely dovetailed joinery on the drawers....



I wish I had my camera with me the day I delivered it to its new home. It went to a home that is located in a Historic National Register Discrict. The new owner had just finished a gorgeous kitchen remodel and this piece looked right at home!



Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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22 comments:

  1. Lovely! Working with furniture is so rewarding. I love to do that also. :)
    Lory
    www.therobinsnestdesigns.com

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    1. I agree! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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  2. What a classic piece of furniture. Love the transformation!!!

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    1. Thanks! I love finding vintage pieces and transforming them to fit into today's decor!

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  3. Beautiful! Love the patterned paper...perfect! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. My pleasure, Cindy. Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!

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  4. Very pretty. You transformed it from ordinary to awesome. I love the idea of using fabric inside. Visiting from Your Turn to Shine.

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    1. I wish you could have seen the lovely kitchen it ended up in! It looked like it was made for it. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words!

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  5. Love, love, love the fabric backing! I can see why you took off the fretwork...It would have been a bit too busy. Do you take the back off of the piece to attach the fabric? The whole piece is lovely!
    Robin

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I do take the backing off - it's actually easier than it looks. I usually prime the piece first in case I get any "shadow" from the original woodwork, attach the fabric with adhesive spray, pray I have the fabric lined up straight and smooth away!

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  6. How do you like using General Finishes Milk Paint? I've found that it's quickly becoming my go-to choice. It goes on much smoother than chalk paint and I get less brush strokes. Plus, you don't have to mix it by hand as you would with other powder milk paints.

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    1. I LOVE General Finishes paint! I'm very obsessive about brush strokes and clumps in my finished product, and with GF paints, I get less brush strokes and don't have to sand between coats like chalk paint. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Great job, I love how you refer to your queue, mine seems to be getting longer, but that's the addiction, isn't it?

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  8. Oh Beth, this piece is really stunning! I love the mix of a modern fabric on a vintage piece!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I like to think that I'm giving it a new life!

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  9. Adding the fabric was a great way to add a modern look to a traditional piece. Someone got a fantastic looking piece for their home!

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    1. It looks right at home now! Thanks for the compliment!

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  11. Happy to feature you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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