Monday, May 30, 2011

antique cabinet in provence

I know I say this a lot… but this is one of my favorite pieces I've ever done.  

It was pure luck & timing that I found it.  I dropped by the Goodwill to make a donation, and of course, couldn't resist going in for a quick peek.  And there it was… the heavens parted & the angels sang, and I bought it so fast the staff's heads were spinning!

The glass was missing & the interior wood was in bad shape.  I used restore-a-finish on the interior wood & it spruced up nicely.

I painted it in Provence Chalk Paint.  I was a little nervous that I didn't have quite enough left, so I added a dollop of Old White to the can.  I didn't think it changed the color that much, and I had plenty to finish the project.

Instead of wax, I used a dark walnut/ jacobean stain mix on it, then diluted the effect with laquer thinner.  Lots of sanding later, I was happy.

I'm saving the art deco hardware for another project, as that wasn't the look I was going for.

My husband helped me add chicken wire to the opening.  I painted it in ORB first, so it wouldn't be so new & silver.

What's that saying about curiosity & cats?!

Love this piece!!


  1. Love it too! That's a great find and it turned out super cute. I'm waiting on my Provence paint to arrive this week so I loved seeing this color on some furntiture. Deb

  2. Oh- I love it too. Did you use the clear wax first though or just go right to the staining/wax part? I am just getting ready to order my first chalk paint and can't wait to try it. I'm hoping it goes a long ways as it is not a "bargain buy"-;>) Hugs- Diana

  3. What a great find, she's beautiful! After a long six-week wait, my chalk paint finally arrived on Friday, so I had fun playing with it all weekend. Tomorrow I crack open the wax. I should come by for a lesson. You have definitely mastered the whole chalk paint process!

  4. Absolutely darling! But not to be too stupid: what is "ORB"? Love the hardware - did you cannibalize it from another piece - or purchase somewhere? Great job!

  5. This item is wonderful, the color is one of my favorites. You did a great job.

  6. Great Job, I have a piece with broken glass that I mentioned replacing with chicken wire and my husband looked at me like I was crazy! Glad to know it is a good idea.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Gayle from Vintage Farmhouse

  7. Very pretty - I love the hardware you chose as well!

  8. I really like the color and the chicken wire idea! I'm your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  9. What a beautiful piece! The chicken wire is perfect.

  10. Love the style and the color! Great job!