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Friday, 22 August 2014

Old china cabinet becomes shabby beauty

...How I've painted and transformed the china cabinet

And another painting-waxing project is done. I am ready to present to you this little and cute, I believe china -, cabinet that became nice and beautiful shabby chic style piece of furniture. I needed this cabinet to put in the living room to fill and to be filled - to fill the corner and to be filled with all my little stuff I hoarded.
Here is before and after pictures:
To transform the cabinet I used Annie Sloan Old white and Duck Egg blue and clear wax. I removed the glass and inserted the chicken wire instead; I think with glass it just looked like simple boring thing and with wire it looks like something interesting, anyway  - the wire instantly gave it some character, to me it looks like cabinet that came from old french country. By the way, if you don't know HOW TO put the wire in, just use the big stapler and short staples, try not to shoot close to edges or the wood can crack if it is too thin. Before though you will have to measure how much wire you need, then cut it with scissors for iron: try to keep the cells whole and leave their connection wires on, you use them to staple wire to the frame.

As you can see on the picture above I added some decorative wooden ornaments to the doors and sides of this piece. I glued them on with PL 400, love this glue - fast and I know it will stick for sure.
I also distressed the thing with 220 sand paper, this time decided not to use dark wax, I loved it as it were already.
A bit impression of Duck Egg blue paint (first time use), honestly, I thought it would be more light. To me it looks like greyish blue, but I guess you can always add it to the white to make lighter....I love the colour anyway.

 How do you like the cutest cup I ever bought (at FIND). My lavender finally has found its home.

So what do you think, would you have this cabinet in your house?