Monday, October 17, 2011

White is Right

Last spring I decided my dining room needed to be lightened up. Our house doesn't get a lot of light in the front because of the trees, and I thought changing out the wood furniture would brighten the room. This fateful decision started my long journey with the dining room table that I whined about here.  Originally I was going to leave the china cabinet as it was, but when I saw it with the table (briefly, as the table is now back in the garage ... yes, I'm trying again).I realized it needed to be painted white.

The original cabinet had about four different veneer treatments (sorry you can't see it better, but this is the only before photo I have).  Which, while I didn't particularly like them, did add some interest.

Once the first coat was on, I could see it was going to look kind of plain. So I picked up some wood embellishments at Michaels and played with a couple of combos. 

I decided to keep it fairly simple and went with the fleur de lis.
I used three smaller ones on the top.

And one large one on the drawer.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I was in a hurry and didn't want to have to prime the cabinet.  I didn't even take the dishes out -- I just pulled it out from the wall a bit and painted it in place!  Eventually I'll paint the inside shelves.

I did a light distressing to bring out some of the detail.

And added some old glass knobs that I had from another project.

I like it, and think once everything is in I'm going to get the look I was going for. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the table is going to work out this time, and I'll be ready for the big dining room reveal by next week!

Sharing at:
DebbiDoos Newbie Party
Between Naps on the Porch:Metamorphosis Monday
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Surburbia: Tuesdays Treasures
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesdays
Primitive & Prober: Piece of Work Wednesday
Faded Charm: White Wednesday
No Minimalist Here: Open House
Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Friday
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
My Repurposed Life: Catch as Catch Can
The DIY Showoff: Project Parade


  1. That is an awesome transformation. I love the little appliques too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  2. Love ... love how this turned out ... I also am in the process of redoing my dinning room furniture ... stop by if you have the time :) Your newest follower, Francine

  3. This is so fantastic! You had me as a follower just by the name of your blog and I am pleased to find that it doesn't disappoint! LOVE it! (okay, I'm finished with the exclamation points)

    Thanks for your visit and comment and follow.

  4. Fan-tas-tic ;) Love it in white. You WERE right. The little details are perfect. Can't wait to see the reveal.

  5. So pretty painted white!!
    Thanks for linking up!
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  6. i love the shape on this one- especially in the fretwork! it's beautiful!

  7. Hi Deborah,
    Your cabinet turned out beautifully! I'm enjoying my new lamp that I got with your gift card! Looking forward to seeing your table.

  8. This turned out great! I admire anybody who has the nerve to take on what I consider to be a big undertaking! I need to learn more about chalk paint. I'm visiting from Savvy Souther Style!

  9. Wow, your china cabinet really looks great painted white. You really did a good job. I have found and am following you through Debbie's Newbie Party and hope to visit more often. Please visit my blog also and perhaps you would like to follow me. I would like that. Hugs, Chris

  10. Your cabinet came out great! I painted my oak dining room table and have never regretted it. Will be you newest follower, please stop by, Laura Cottage and Broome

  11. Very cute! Love it! It is such a stunning piece


  12. Terrific makeover! Love the addition of the Fleur de Lis appliques! The crystal knobs are perfect, too! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party and would love it if you'd come and share something you made/did/bought sometime before blogging. Can't wait to see what you share at the party.

  13. great transformation!

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    come visit anytime!


  14. Looking good. I'll be back for the big reveal.

  15. Oooohhh, white IS right...and I LOVE those glass knobs!

  16. Great job! Your cabinet looks fantastic painted white!

  17. super job! Why are we so impatient? hahaha (not taking out the dishes etc) We like instant gratification, eh?

  18. It came out just beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)


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