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).

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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French Provincial Rehab Buffet/Sideboard/Dresser……Reveal

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Finally finished this lovely gem. I was torn as to what color I would finish this piece with. I decided on 2 different shades. The creamy cocoa brown is Behr ‘Ethiopia’ and the white trim is Behr ‘Polished Peal’.
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The serpentine front is incredibly elegant. After painting, I tastefully distressed/antiqued it, then applied a custom mixed Expresso colored glaze and finished with a good coat of wax. It gives such and authentic vintage feel.
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I think I really love this shade of brown on this piece.

Parisian Chic, Buffet/Dresser/Sideboard Reveal

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Wax went on early this morning and my Parisian Princess is ready for a new home. After lovingly distressing this piece, I mixed a custom combination of glaze using a dark Expresso color. I applied it with a cheap chip brush and then played with the depth of it, wiping it off with paper towels, unscented baby wipes and a good ole’ damp rag.

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The hardware was the original shade of white, so I applied a touch of my ‘Pot of Cream’ white and then smooshed (my new word for the day) on some of the glaze I had mixed using a steel wool pad. That gave them the antiquated, worn look I was going for.

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This is a go/use anywhere type of piece. She’s all glam with a hint junk chic. What do you think?