About a month ago I spotted this at my neighborhood Goodwill.
Could paint up pretty cute 🙂
So there’s that.
And keeping with the Dingbat that I am, I drove straight home to talk to Big Daddy about it. Why? Because I wanted to keep it. My Mother in law had given me a set of vintage china in the Spring and aside from a handful of plates I’d dragged in for one special dinner or another, they had sat all boxed up out in The Hell Hole ever since.
I was dying for this thing.
All Big Daddy had to say was, “You left there without it???”
So I jumped back in my Jeep and flew over there to fetch my prize. That was on a Thursday night. On Friday we got 8 inches of snow. The china cabinet sat in my snow-covered Jeep for five days.
It was agony.
As big as this piece of furniture is I knew I’d be painting it in place. So Big Daddy and our neighbor Chris brought the base part in and I had that painted by my bedtime. Let me tell y’all right now that this was way easier than the top part. When it came to the top I was really on the fence about those doors. First of all, I did not at all want to keep the weird glass. And second, I wanted the piece to feel lighter and more casual. Long story short, the doors are out in The Hell Hole next to Jimmy Hoffa and as my dear, dear friend Rena says, the Lindbergh baby. Just incase I ever change my mind.
Or sell it 😉
Next, I had to make some kinda call about the back part of the top. I went round and round in my crazy little head for a week about this one. Do I paint the back? Do I paint it Duck Egg Blue?? Do I wallpaper it??? You really can’t give me too may options.
I go nuts. Which translated to everyone in my AO goes nuts as well.
The thing that sent me over the edge about this and swung my decision was that number one, wallpaper is pricey. That and nobody actually carries wallpaper in stock. You have to order it . Alas, I am not a patient person so off to the fabric stores I went.
This china cabinet replaced a painted dresser we had in the eating area of our kitchen. I really liked the way Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint looked with the black chairs and table legs so I chose Old White for this piece too.
The bail pulls I got on Etsy. They were the only place I could find the size I needed to avoid filling and re drilling the holes for new pulls. They came from China and took two weeks to get here. It was frustrating for me and I probably won’t do that again. I kept checking the tracking info just too see that it had not yet cleared customs 🙁
Now these knobs are a different story. I found them at Hobby Lobby at 50% off making them a whopping 2 bucks! I think they really match the bail pulls well. While we are on the subject, does anybody else’s eyes glaze over when you turn down that knob aisle at Hobby Lobby???
After I sanded this entire cabinet with a really fine grit sanding sponge I went back over the edges, just to lightly distress them and let a pretty subtle amount of the original finish show through.
I ended up using a gorgeous fabric I fell in love with on the china cabinet back. It reminds me of grasscloth of some reason and I really love how all of my white serving pieces and tureens look against it.
The fabric also came from Hobby Lobby. I just cut it to fit the back and hot glued it in place.
The cabinet had none of the glass for the shelves, so I took the wooden frame to a glass shop downtown and the cut them to fit for $11.00 each. I’m really thinking I should paint the frames Old White to match though.
Now I have a place to display my prettier pieces of china and store all of my paints, brushes and other tools of the trade!
The bottom of the cabinet is full of them 🙂
Have a great week ahead
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