Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back To White

This cabinet is one of my finds from a previous post. I loved the chippy white finish, but wanted to add a little embellishment. I also wanted to seal the finish, because this was very old chippy paint.



My intention was to make the embellishments look like they had been there all along. I also wanted to keep some of the chippy quality.



I started by giving the piece a good cleaning and a light sanding. I then added my rose embellishments, followed by a grey primer.



I also switched to a crystal knob. Next came a couple layers of a white gesso/paint mix. The paint I used was a slightly creamer white, and the gesso gave it more body. I wanted a hint of the original white, and the grey primer to show through.



You can still see some of the chippy as well.



It looks great with my shabby basket of flowers.





I did an imperfect dry brush of blue in the interior.



Just like my basket, I decided not to do a wash over the finish. I like it like this for now.




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46 comments:

  1. Another great piece, Rosemary! Love the embellishments and the surprise of blue inside!

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  2. Very cute, I really like the little key hanging from the nob. It really becomes part of the piece and shows your attention to detail.

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  3. Rosemary, I can't believe how beatiful this piece, just gorgeous and I specially like the roses it has! The basket is very pretty and perfect on it. Great job. Hope you come by and visit me for a cup of coffe in my kitchen. Lots of hugs, FABBy

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  4. how adorable is this piece? it's the perfect little storage piece for a bathroom!

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  5. Oh my! What a gorgeous shabby cabinet!

    Jeanine

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  6. So chippy and fabulous! Such a pretty piece!

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  7. Rosemary, your cabinet is gorgeous! Great job!

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  8. You did a great job! I love the little rose embellishment!

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  9. There you go with the roses again :) Love this...love the detail you put in it with the interiors, the knob & the key...it's a seller!!

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  10. Adding the rose garland really makes this something extra special. Love it!

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  11. It's a darling little cabinet! And I love that you used an obviously old glass knob...not a shiny new one! You have such great taste...I just love your style!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  12. Looks adorable. I would love that in my bathroom, if I space to turn around in there, lol! AND I love that you painted the inside like that. That just completes it, making it all the more special in my eyes. Sweet!!

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  13. Love, love, love it! Every detail is beautiful!!

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  14. This is beautiful! I've got a similar cabinet that needs some love...it's currently mahogany. Dark wood....bleh!! I am definitely now following you! Google Friend Connect dosen't work well with Internet Explorer, I've knowticed, and that's all I've got at work!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  15. I just love how you make it look 100 years old...perfect. Where on earth do you find the wood embellishments? I want to try this on a piece I just found for my bath.

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  16. WOW WOW WOW Rosemary! I love it love it love it! The details you added is stunning! I would grab that piece in a heartbeat. Love the hanging key too that you added to the knob. So creative!
    -Marie

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  17. Having some trouble leaving a comment so hope it doesn't show up twice. Love what you did to this fabulous piece. Happy happy Wednesday. xo

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  18. Another on Hit Out of the Park~ Love the added touches, this cabinet reminds me of the old record cabinet that my Gramma had, unfortunately when she passed my Uncle took it. That's one piece I miss~ Keep up the Creating, I will be gone for a few weeks to Georgia, I know I will have Lots of catching up to do on Your Blog, you always have so many wonderful Projects!
    Have a great week
    Cheryl

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  19. The two pieces really do look wonderful together. Another keeper.

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  20. A very pretty "shabby" piece, Rosemary. Very often, I keep the original finish on old pieces that I paint, too. It keeps the vintage look but makes the piece look "cleaner" with the new paint.

    Thanks for linking to the party. It's good to have you back.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  21. It's charm, in part, comes from the fact that you didn't overwork the idea' you left it looking naturally time worn. LOVELY!

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  22. I love the shabby chippy look!! It looks like it's been worn from years of use...perfect!!! The rose detail adds the wow factor (the key and glass know...are perfect touches)!!!

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  23. That is GORGEOUS!!! I love it!!!

    ;-D robelyn

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  24. What a sweet piece! Love the white and it's picture perfect with the little basket on top.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. Beautiful.... Love the basket.... It looks exceptionally beautiful with the flowers...

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  26. Love this Rosemary its just gorgeous!

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  27. Very cute piece. Love your embellishment.

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  28. I have got to look for some of this gesso stuff! You do such amazing work with it. Love this cabinet, especially with the key hanging from the knob!

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  29. This is amazing, Rosemary!

    Just went to Michaels today and bought the white and black gesso to try some of these finishes that you have so kindly shared with us!

    Thanks for your always inspiring posts.

    xx
    Alison

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  30. Great blog =]
    I am following you for obvious reasons ;] would love for you to check me out as well
    http://vanessaduranajunkjunkie.blogspot.com/
    tootles
    V.

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  31. Can't say enough times what a great eye you have. Happy follower, hope you find the time to follow me back :)

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  32. Oh Rosemary, your pieces always turn out so beautifully...You are one talented gal. Loved it!

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  33. Just to share with you folks, i have a new post today on Amish Stories from the Terre Hill days even that was just held in Lancaster Pennsylvania. It was a very hot day but i was able to get i think a few good images from this event. The town is populated with a mix of Amish and old order Mennonites which only adds to its charm. They even have what has become famous in Terre Hill their "outhouse race". The town sits on a hill so it overlooks Lancaster farmland in almost all directions. This is one of my favorite towns to visit because its free from commercialism, so if you are looking for a really all American kind of town with the added bonus of seeing its Amish and Mennonite residents at work and play, then this town is for you. Thanks folks. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  34. I love how you dry brushed the inside. It matches the style so well. Great job!

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  35. Another masterpiece by Rosemary. You are really good at this girl! Have a great weekend.

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  36. It looks amazing! I've been experimenting with gesso washes, and it's hard to get the look you gave your cabinet. Well done!

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  37. It's beautiful, and I love the key the best!

    xoxo
    kathleen

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  38. Rosemary,
    This is so cute. I really like the chippy quality and the blue interior. I am mixing up some more paint and gesso soon. I need to get the kids in school, so I can do something for more that 10 min. LOL
    Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  39. I love the look of this! The chippy look is beautiful and I like how it is without the wash!
    Beautiful!

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  40. hi Rosemary, I always enjoy seeing your projects. you are one busy woman! And I like the frontier of creativity where you venture with each piece. Nothing is a carbon copy. I totally adore the 2 tables with the lace patterned tops - very nice choice!

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  41. Wow, I love how this little cabinet turned out! It would be so perfect in my bathroom for extra storage, crossing my fingers that I can find something similar one day! :)

    Tania

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  42. hey Rosemary! congratulations on your feature! :)

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