Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jewels Traded For a Jewel - China Cabinet

I'm not really in the market for new furniture, because Edward (my hubby) and I need to move within 2 years........but then I'm always in the know what I mean?  I don't paint furniture to sell per se, but I know I want to improve my painting skills - so I'm always on the lookout for something I like that I can get pretty cheap.

 Like this piece I found on Craigslist.  It is not an antique or fine furniture, but it is mostly wood and I thought I could Country French it up enough to look nice in my Dining Room.   The price was reasonable enough, but when I asked the lovely lady who was selling it if she would like to trade for some jewelry I had for sale......She Did!  What a fun way to acquire furniture!!!

First I added some decorative embellishments from

Then, I Annie Sloan-ed the cabinet in Old White,

Distressed the edges with a wet cloth,

And finally waxed with Clear Wax, followed by Dark Wax.

It was missing one of it's glass shelves, but I'm fine with that because I was looking for something to hold large platters.

I don't know that I want to keep the original hardware, but I'm using it until I find something I like better. 

I think I might still add black chicken wire to the doors, but I want to live with it a bit first.  What do you think?  Chicken wire or no?

I now have a lovely place to store my china and fancy silverware in the Dining Room, which has freed up some much needed space in the Kitchen.  Yay, for Craigslist finds!!!

Thanks for stopping by the Tub,



  1. Beautiful makeover and yes to the chicken wire!!

  2. CHICKEN WIRE!!!! It's lovely, by the way!

  3. I LOVE it! It's funny that the details on the bottom cabinets looked dated until you painted them and now it makes them look unique and quite beautiful! Personally, I love the cabinet the way it is, sans chicken wire, but, then, it's in your dining room, not mine ;) Go with what you think will be beautiful for you!

  4. Okay..... one word! .... STUNNING....this transformation is gorgeous!!! You have had a most wonderful vision for this piece! Well done!



  5. This is just beautiful! i love Old White. I would say no to the chicken wire--just because I love the appliques and I think they look better without the wire.

  6. What a great job you did on the cabinet. Love how it turned out. You really should paint more furniture.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  7. Thanks for the votes of confidence! The chalk paint sure makes it more fun to paint furniture without all the prep time - but the distressing still takes a while on a big piece. I think I will keep painting......I just get bored quickly if I do the same type of project everyday, Haha. I really appreciate your kind words and thoughts on the chicken wire.

  8. Love the rose and leaf embellishments. That makes this piece pop! Wire or no wire its gorgeous. I really like the original hardware though, painted it really makes a statement.


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