Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chalk Paint Cabinet and Making Progress in the Dining Room

Many of you have commented on the little cabinet I have in the dining room.

 It was never quite finished and that's why I haven't posted about it. But hey, this is the year of 'Git-Er- Done' right? So I got her done! I got it at a flea market last year for next to nothing and it's been waiting around for a make over since then. The sides had peeling veneer so I covered them with beadboard. Here's the before with the unpainted bead board sides.

When I first got this cabinet the glass on the door was broken and held together with duct tape. So I just decided not to replace the glass but used rabbit wire instead, can you see the little wire squares? I stapled it to the inside door. I love how it turned out!

The shelves were also missing so I cut down some that I wasn't using.

I painted the outside and inside with ASCP in Coco. I really like this color because it's pretty neutral and goes with everything. The white pitchers and plates really stand out with the Coco paint.
I decided not to paint the little wood designs so I could keep some of the original look of the wood. I sprayed the door pull with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

I wanted to keep the accessories simple on this cabinet and love the addition of boxwood wreaths to just about anything!

I also made some progress on the dining room and took some of your suggestions to heart. Many of you said I should cover the chandy chain with a cord cover. I don't know why I never thought of doing that, I guess I was just too overwhelmed with the whole thing. So that was an easy and cheap fix, I used onasburg and cut it 4 inches wide by twine the length of the chain. I turned down and sewed a hem at the top and bottom and the long sides so I had finished edges. Then I just got on a ladder wrapped it around the chain and sewed. I didn't want to ask Mr Magazine to take the chandy down so that's why I just sewed it in place. Once sewn I just scrunched it together! It took all of 15 min and looked SO much better after. Thanks to all of YOU!

I still need to attach that darn top thingy. But it made such a big difference in how the overall chandy looked. Here's a before, you can kind of see how it was.

And a few changes to the accessories to the dresser/sideboard.....

That adorable little rabbit was a gift from my cousin Cindy. It orginaly held a topiary but I managed to kill that in short order (ugh) so now it holds a.... well, a plastic plant, there I said it! 

I keep extra dishes and things in this dresser.

So I still haven't resolved the chair dilemma but I have some thoughts on what I'm going to do so stay tuned. That's it for today peeps!
P.S. I've been playing around with PicMonkey photo editing hehe, so much fun!

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  1. Isn't beadboard the best? We did the same thing with an old chest of drawers in my guest room. Worked like a charm! I love that you kept the details in the original finish. Love the bunny and...the cord cover looks great! Where do you get your boxwood wreaths? I just love them but don't know if I have ever seen them in stores. Thanks and have a blessed and beautiful Friday and weekend!

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. I used that same beadboard technique on an old dresser I had a few years back ...and instead of painting the whole thing. I painted, stained and put some faux Knot holes in it to match the wood on the dresser. I've been thinking of painting looks similar in period to your hutch/cabinet.
    I love those boxwood wreaths---so much, that I WANT one or two, who knows! Where do you find them?
    I just love this dining room. It just overflows with vintage goodness.

  3. Oh, I like the result. I go back and forth about painted furniture. For some reason, at times I like the warmth of wood tones and the pretty grains. However, at other times I like the lightness of painted furniture. Sometimes I like the woodsey feel that wood tones give me---and the warmth of it. I go back and forth!

  4. Love your furniture, Teresa. Looks like the last couple of years have been very busy for you. Rewarding, too. :)

  5. The beadboard is amazing. Love the color that you painted the sideboard! Absolutely beautiful!

    Happy day!

  6. You have such beautiful antiques! I love what you're doing with this house too.

  7. I really like the way you did the cupboard, and your dresser looks so good there! Just love all you've done!

  8. love the redo, the colors look beautiful! would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,

  9. Your cabinet redo looks great. Good color choice. :)

  10. Adorable cupboard! I love that the shelves are white, and the cocoa color. The wire was a great solution. I like it better than glass. Cool idea with the chandy too, it looks great!



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