Seeing Double ~ French Cabinet Part 2
I am surrounded by boys. Everywhere I look there are Legos, Avenger figurines, bodily function noises, Hot Wheels, wrestling matches, and light sabers. My life is all things boys but not my decor. The feel of my home leans towards feminine. I love French furniture. I love anything Victorian. I love ornate. I love details. I love fancy decor. The way I decorate is the fanciest thing about me. I’m not a girly-girl. I don’t care about the type of clothes I wear, I don’t get my hair done, I don’t get my nails done, and I don’t enjoy the mall. Instead of doting on myself, I dote on my house. I’d rather buy an awesome antique than a new purse. You get the idea?
I’ve talked about it before, I am working on replacing all of the furniture in my house that I am not 100% in love with. I was so excited when I found this cabinet. I had been looking for a small AMAZING curio cabinet for a long time. About a year ago, I finally found one on eBay. If you want to read more about that journey, click HERE.
Here is the before picture.
French Cabinet Part 1
And, here is the after. It fits the spot perfectly and I’ll keep this piece for forever!
French Cabinet Part 2
A few months ago I found my curio cabinet twin!!!! Or should I say, bigger sister. Now this piece is all about potential. It came equipped with red rope and tassels. Can you believe it? How lucky am I?!?! I love a good transformation and this is no exception. When I bought it, I knew I couldn’t fit it in my house, but I figured I would just store it in my garage until we moved into a larger house. And take note, my garage is always a mess. I do most of my work out of my garage and back patio so it’s in a constant state of chaos. Enjoy!
My little “helper” kept climbing in.
I loved painting this piece. The curves and the details were right up my alley but it wasn’t all fun and games. It needed a good amount of work. It entailed lots of removal of paper, tassels, and rope. I had to take out the glass (plyxy glass). I had to add shelves (my dad cut them for me…thanks Dad!) and latches to keep the doors closed. The latches were very generic but I didn’t have time to look around.
I finished this piece rather quickly because I needed to use it as a backup for our booth. I didn’t intend on selling it but we needed something just in case we sold several pieces of furniture. Well, we ended up watching 4 pieces of furniture head out the door to their forever home during the show. We put this cabinet in the booth for the last two days. I put a high price on it and I was relieved that it didn’t sell. This will no longer be a backup piece. It will stay in my garage until we move….or until I change my mind. I do that sometimes. 😉
Let’s talk paint color and technique.
I used a mixture of Annie Sloan Old or Pure White (I can’t remember which one but either one will do) and Graphite. I never measure my ratios. I’m not a big fan of having two pieces of furniture in my home that are exactly the same color. Now don’t get me wrong, I have LOTS of gray in my house but no two pieces are exactly the same color. It’s my version of decorating with color. After a few layers of different colors of custom gray, I use both lighter and darker colors on the details and curves to achieve the layered and aged look. No dark wax, no glaze, no distressing. Now this technique works for me and my style. If you’re a Farmhouse girl, maybe you want bright farmhouse white. If you’re a Shabby Chic kinda gal, maybe you want lots of distressing and bolder colors. Go with what makes your little heart happy!!!
So there it is. Two beautiful cabinets. I’m such a lucky girl.
So the next piece I’m going to blog about we lovingly call, “The Beast.” It’s a 7 foot wide beauty. So stay tuned!!