Monday, March 26, 2012

Oooo, La La!

The long winter wait is over!  We've had beautiful weather this week and I've finally been able to get some paining done!

I had this china cabinet in the shop for almost a year.  I intended to paint it before I took it in, but I sold some things and had a hole... so to the shop it went - naked!


Why did I bother?  It didn't sell.  So, I hauled it back home determined to paint it and turn it into fabulous!

I'm loving everything French, so I began with two coats of ASCP Paris Gray.

Then I hand-painted all the trim Old White.  (Before on the left, after on the right).  It looked awesome, but it looked new.  So I added a coat of clear wax and then a coat of dark wax.  

Dark wax has been a challenge for me to master, so here's what I learned on this project.  I brushed on some dark wax.  Ugly, right?

Then I wiped the excess off.  You can see how it's lighter, but not pretty!  Panic!  Now what?
Well, it's true that clear wax takes off dark wax!  I brushed on another coat of clear wax and it took off the excess dark wax.

Ahhh, much better!

This piece has awesome dentil molding!

I needed to do something with the hardware.  So, it got a coat of Old White, then I rubbed my wax rag over it to "smudge" the paint with dabs of dark wax.


It's a great home for blue transferware!  How I love blue transferware!

I think it turned out belle!

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28 comments:

Full Circle Creations said...

Looks great!

Serendipity and Spice said...

Beautiful transformation! I absolutely LOVE the color! I just bought a china cabinet off Craigslist and am still deciding on whether or not to paint it. This turned out great!

Hope you'll stop by and link up:http://www.serendipityandspice.com/2012/03/manic-monday-linky-party-11.html

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

It's a beauty Cyndi! Hope you'll come by and join the party tomorrow!

Jo's This and That said...

Great work!

suzyq said...

Beautiful job Cyndi - and thanks for the visit to my blog!
Hugs,
Suzan

Lorrie said...

Fantastic job! You'll have no trouble selling it now~I'm now a Linky follower

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

She looks beautiful, Cyndi! Love the color and the white you did around the trim. I have done several pieces and used the dark wax and I always, always, always have to go over it again with clear wax to get it just the way I want.

ARod said...

looks lovely

MyChampagneTaste said...

such a beauty it is really oh la la
visiting from restore interiors
xoxo
Rasha

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is gorgeous- i LOVE those details on the doors and the paint really makes them pop!

Kelli@Restore Interiors said...

Looks BEAUTIFUL! Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? Great job! That will see in no time...

Tisha said...

Love it! You did a great job with the wax. Thanks for linking up.

Deborah said...

I love all the detail and you did a great job with the wax. I'm sure it will sell soon.

Stacey said...

Hi Cyndi!
That looks just beautiful! Bet it will sell now!
Would love for you to come by to link it up to my Creative Inspirations party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

Deana said...

Looks way beter painted!!

Lori said...

If I didn't already have one I would buy it...you did a great job! I'm glad I found your blog at The Mango Seeds party. I'm a new follower too, so I can keep in touch. I would love if you stopped by and followed back on LF and GFC. Nice to meet you, Lori

mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

So cute!! I love it, would you share it here:

http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/03/furniture-friday-11-link-party.html

xo....
mONICa

gail said...

Your dishes look great in your "new" china cabinet! :)

gail

Rachel @ Thrifty Inspirations said...

This is gorgeous!! I have yet to use ASCP but I think I will have to order it online because I can't find it anywhere and no one has heard of it! Love that you used Paris Gray (it's the color I want to buy). I would love for you to come link up at my Thrifty Friday Party!! Hope to see you soon!

Your Newest Follower,
Rachel

Amanda said...

So pretty! I am working on a similar cabinet in these colors! Your beautiful finished project is such a motivator for me to get busy! I will be pinning this to my "Paint it Annie" inspiration board! Thanks for sharing!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Danielle said...

Beautiful. I really love this color combination. Thanks so much for sharing.

deb said...

I would have painted the inside too so the dishes would pop. But I love your color choice.GREAT JOB

Becolorful said...

Absolutely Belle! :D Adore the color choice. Thanks for sharing on this week's party at BeColorful
pam

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Wow! Very nice.....dark wax can be scary tricky, good thing it can easily be fixed if you don't like it :)

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Incredible transformation! Gotta love some paint! You have a great eye for what something can become! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon!

Bonnie ;)

Lady Butterbug said...

Beautiful Cyndi...excellent with the wax!

Lady Butterbug said...

Beautiful Cyndi...excellent with the wax!

Elizabeth Ann said...

Hi Cyndi,
The cabinet turned out great! I completely understand about having to take something out of your booth, painting it then putting it back. I have an American Drew dining table, six chairs and a server all in cherry sitting in my booth right now. Almost certain I'll be taking it out to paint. Honestly it's kind of bugging me that's it's not painted. :-)

Joyfully,
Elizabeth Ann