I found this cabinet for a steal of a deal! I loved the old look it had with the bead board backing and the curved lines. No I don't mean old like vintage, I mean old like 80's. It's definitely seen better days.
(sorry for the horrible picture...cell phone camera was the only thing handy and I was too excited :)
I had big plans for this china cabinet. But life got in the way and I was only able to start it since school got out.
WELL....I may never do a china cabinet again after this one!!!
I started by taking apart the ENTIRE cabinet. Here I'm taking off the moulding that holds the glass in because I had big plans!
Then I primed every square inch of this thing, even the inside.
I used Zinsser primer, and it's now my new favorite!
The only bad thing is that you have to wait 7 days for it to harden. If you try and paint if before, it will scratch. Well, apparently I think the rules don't apply to me, and I painted a cabinet door on day 5. It was ok until I nicked it, and the paint and primer came off. So believe me, when it says wait....wait!
So I waited
and I waited....
During this time I measured and bought some chicken wire to replace the glass with.
I measured and cut the chicken wire to fit the opening. (This was the cabinet attempted to "cheat on" . Notice how I had to strip the primer and start all over!!!)
I sprayed the chicken wire with Rust Stopping spray in Black. I didn't spray it completely because I wanted some of the original silver to show through.
After that, I stapled the chicken wire in where the glass frame was. I was so excited until I flipped it over to admire my work, when I realized I had 1/2 in. staples, and the staples went right though the door!
AHHHHHH!! I had to rip all the staples out, patch the holes with wood putty, sand, and re -prime. AND WAIT ANOTHER 7 DAYS!!!
Do you see why this cabinet has been the death of me????
After that disaster, I finally reached my 7 day clearance, and chose Muslin White by Gliddon to paint the cabinet with.. It took 2 coats.
I then began to distress it heavily. Maybe I was taking my frustration out on the piece.....who knows!!!
I also bought new hardware for the piece and replaced that as well.
I really wanted the interior of the china cabinet to pop. I had some left over Louis Blue Chalk Paint so I painted the inside of the cabinet with that.
Then I distressed some more and waxed it with clear wax.
Finally, after all that headache....this is what the finished product looks like!!!
I am totally in love!!! My Pottery Barn dishes (found at a flea market of course for $1.00) look amazing in there!
I just LOVE how the blue pops out!
Even though I had such a huge issue with the staples and the chicken wire, I'm so glad I replaced the glass!
This has such an antique chippy vintage look to it. I LOVE how distressed and peel-ly the paint is. Is looks like something that would have been in a farmhouse!
I also LOVE the beadboard backing behind the hutch!
and look at all the storage!!!
I'm beginning to love this china cabinet more than my own!
One last look at Before....Meets After
Sigh, if it weren't so much smaller than my current chine cabinet, I would keep it in a heart beat. Did I mention it looks amazing with my curtains???
I may hold off a few days before putting it in the store....maybe hubbs won't notice if I changed it out with my current one??