I might just have overdone my self with this one! I kid you not!
This looker caught my eye on a sales page a few days ago, and I showed the picture to my husband, saying: "Hun, wouldnt this be a great makeover?? Its fabulous! ". But it was to expencive for me to buy, spend the money and time to paint, just to sell it again. So I forgot all about it. Until the seller reposted it for allmost half the price, saying it had to go! My husband nearly forced me (ok, I asked him, and he consented...) to buy it! So I did! I bought this amazing french china cabinet!
The owner, a man in his 60s maybe, said that his mother in law had it as long as he could remember, but they just couldt find the place for it in theire home. And I totally understand. I mean, its lovely and all, but the only people with this kind of style must be Queen Elisabeth of England, and the Pope... After all, the back and shelf was covered in red velvet fabric. Very royal all over. But it had to go!
Here I have stripped downt the red velvet. It has been defeated!
I dont believe this was an expencive antique arti fax, seeing that it was not a heavy object and the back and shelf was in thin plywood, so I wasnt feeling guilty for taking it apart. But, please, correct me if I am wrong!
I wont bore you with the details, other than the fact that I used home made chalk paint to prime it. Twice. The reason that I like to prime with home made chalk paint, is because;
1. Chalkpaint sticks to EVERYTHING!
2. It dryes quikly! Like in 20-30 minutes. Then its ready for an other layer.
3. If I were to use milkpaint as a primer as well, I would, in this case, sand it down a little to make the paint stick. But it would most likely flake of. Wich is a great side of milk paint. But that wasnt the look I was going for this time.
So, after a couple of layers with white home made chalk paint, I went with Miss Mustard Seeds Grain Sack. I love that color! Then I painted the details on the cabinet with a mix of Trophy and Shcloss, wich are both shades of grey. I watered it out a bit extra. The framed panels on the outside of the cabinet allso got a good wash with the grey.
After I had primed the details with chalk paint, I sanded them down a bit, so that the gold gleamed through a bit.
And of course, in the end there was a bit sanding and distressing on the "right places", as I like to call it, followed with clear wax. Alot of it. I used a big round pencil brush to apply dark antiquing wax on all the details. That really gave the impression that this cabinet could actually be an old, french antique!
Oh! I allmost forgot! You propably noticed the inside of the cabinet? It makes the whole wow-factor!
I used nepkins, and made home made mod podge to glue it on!
I learned a few new techniques on this one, and boy was it time consuming. But really woth it!
Heres a picture spree for you!
I am beyond happy with this one! But unfortunately it doesnt go with our interior, nor do we have the room for it. But no worries, because it sold in like only a few hours, so a lucky lady will be eyeballing it insted. It will definately get the attention it deserves!
I hope you liked it!
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