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:

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

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

Deanna @ Sentimental Redo said...

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.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

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

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

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

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Very sweet; can I have it?

S
xo

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Perfect! Your work is beautiful!

Okio B Designs said...

Oh my! What a gorgeous shabby cabinet!

Jeanine

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

So chippy and fabulous! Such a pretty piece!

Brandi said...

Rosemary, your cabinet is gorgeous! Great job!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

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

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

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!!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

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

Amanda said...

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

Lori said...

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!!

Melissa said...

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

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

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

kpaints said...

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.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore this piece! Well done.

Marie said...

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

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

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

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

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

Terry said...

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

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

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/

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

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

Crystal said...

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)!!!

red.neck chic said...

That is GORGEOUS!!! I love it!!!

;-D robelyn

Shelia said...

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

Emreen said...

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

Karen said...

Love this Rosemary its just gorgeous!

Pam said...

Very cute piece. Love your embellishment.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

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!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

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

Vanessa Duran, a junk junkie said...

Great blog =]
I am following you for obvious reasons ;] would love for you to check me out as well
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V.

adventuresindinner said...

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

Ana said...

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

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Richard said...

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.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

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

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

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

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

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

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

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

xoxo
kathleen

Sherry said...

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

Pat said...

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

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

PERFECT!!!!!!
I love it!
What a great job!!!

poindextr said...

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!

C'est Magnifique said...

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

Brandi said...

hey Rosemary! congratulations on your feature! :)