Patricia
Patricia
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  • Lebanon, OH

Painted Vintage China Cabinet


This is a Depression Era china cabinet that had seen better days. It has gorgeous lines but with few exceptions the veneer and mouldings were in terrible condition.
After. Napoleonic Blue, Graphite & Cream.
After. Napoleonic Blue, Graphite & Cream.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
Nevertheless, the structure itself was sound. It offers lots of storage inside the cabinet as well as a drawer.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
I spotted the cabinet at a thrift store. I noticed other shoppers were drawn to it, but one by one they passed it by. I did, too! But I couldn't get it out of my mind, so I went back and made the purchase. It sat for over a year in my entryway while I decided what to do with it.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
I finally decided on a color scheme of Napoleonic Blue with accents in Graphite. The interior is painted in Cream.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
I made rough repairs, but left some of the imperfections as-is. I think the finished piece is regal but with a cottage charm.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
I lightly distressed the details and added some subtle gold highlights to the decorative moulding and hardware.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
There are still dings and dents, but the new finish will give this piece a second chance.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
I painted the hardware in Graphite and applied two coats of wax. I then added gold highlights.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
Just to give an idea of the amount of storage space, I was able to display a 12-piece china set inside of the cabinet for the photo shoot. The china is from the same era as the cabinet.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
Additional storage is available in the drawer.
painted vintage china cabinet, chalk paint, painted furniture
Additional photos are available on my blog. http://theblacksheepshoppe.blogspot.com/2015/02/depression-era-china-cabinet.html
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  • Katherine
    on Mar 1, 2016

    I really love this color! I have a cherry china cabinet that my father-in-law made for me about 20 years ago and I'm going to paint it because it's become rather boring to me. The finish is perfect but no longer what I like. I think everyone should do what they want with their own furniture and I thank you for sharing what you've done with yours! Gorgeous!

    • Patricia
      on Mar 1, 2016

      @Katherine Thank you so much Katherine! Good luck with your project. I hope you post it to Hometalk so we can see the finished project. :-)

  • Marj MRC Creations
    on Oct 24, 2018

    I realize this is an older project, but I have to say just how much I love what you did to it. It's gorgeous!

    • Patricia
      on Oct 25, 2018

      Thank you Marj! It was one of my favorite pieces.

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