French Provincial China Cabinet

Just completed this lovely china cabinet for a client’s new home.  Initially, she was interested in a different cabinet that I had rehabbed & listed for sale, however it sold almost immediately.

I happened to have this cabinet in inventory (sitting in a hallway just waiting to be recreated).


My client came to take a peek at it and loved it.  Its an incredibly solid, vintage piece by Thomasville.  So we talked colors and I got busy…..very busy.

For starters, it’s one solid piece…..getting this beast down the stairs to my workshop was not an option, so i knew I would be working on it right where she sat.  Additionallly, having forgotten when I purchased this piece a while back, the shelves are permanently fixed into the piece.   This made priming and painting very tedious work inside the glass cabinetry. I had to continue cheering myself along like the ‘little  engine that could’.


After a solid cleaning and some sanding, on went 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint. My client was confident that she wanted the exterior color white…my goto favorite, Behr -Polished Pearl. 

Though she was still undecided on the interior color, she finally settled on another one of my favorites, Behr – Sparrow. Its the perfect shade of parisian grey.


Tricky to really see the beauty of this color from my stinky picture, due to awful lighting. It is super elegant and so timeless.  The exterior received some light distressing,  a gentle coat of glaze and I finished it off with wax.  Inside, each shelf received a coat of satin polycrylic.  Its a bit more durable than wax so she won’t have to worry about scratching the shelves with plates and whatnot.  Finished product……stunning. All of the hardware was brought back to life with some Brasso. The details and curves on this cabinet where truly enhanced once it was transformed. My client and her husband picked up their finished product yesterday. Its always so exciting when clients see the piece completed for the first time……..and they are excited and pleased.





Quaint China Cabinet Rehab

I finally got around to recreating this great piece. I purchased it long ago when picking up a buffet that I purchased for rehab for a client. This was the matching china cabinet to that buffet. I loved the size and the cute arched top so I snagged it as well.


Typically, I go with my usual suspects…..primer and zero VOC latex Behr paint. While I still used my Behr paint, I decided to mix it with my Calcium Carbonate to create a homemade/DIY chalk paint. This piece did not have a super dark stain or heavy shellac finish on it, so I thought the chalk paint route might work okay on this…….and it worked fabulously. 2 coats covered everything.

I have made chalk paint in the past and like the consistency of the formula that I use. I have not experimented with other elements such as plaster of Paris or unsanded grout. There are lots of reviews and mixtures out there, I just happen to prefer the smooth application using Calcium Carbonate…..and it helps that I had a full container of it on hand. This product can be found at any health food store. It must be in powder form, not tablets.
Recipe is as follows: (I almost always have to double this recipe)
*Mix 4 tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate with 1-2 tablespoons of warm water and mix until well blended/dissolved.
*Mix into 1 cup of latex paint.


The white is Behr Polished Pearl and the interior duck egg blue is Behr Gray Morning.



After the 2nd coat of paint dried overnight, I tastefully distressed the exterior of the piece. Then a light coat of glaze was applied and wiped off with a rag. I let that dry overnight and applied a coat of clear wax. I always use Minwax Finishing paste. It’s my favorite. On the inside, I gave it a finishing coat of Polycrylic. It’s a bit more durable than wax, especially when placing dishes and serving things inside the glass cabinets. Don’t want the shelves getting scratched, right?


Got out the Brasso and went to town on the very tarnished original hardware…..what a difference.



She has been listed for sale and patiently awaits a new home.