Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Display cabinet...

A slim, pine, treacle varnished, astral glazed cabinet getting ready for a makeover....

With a custom made stand in old pine to lift it to a useful height.

First a coat of paint.......Annie Sloan again girls!

I am always in a hurry to see how the shape is transformed and the little details come to life just with a change of colour.

Then to tackle the inside.

The previous owner had made a start, removing the old wallpaper to reveal the original green interior and scraping the shelves of old cream gloss

Far too many hours later.... scraped, re painted and polished....it now sits in the hall waiting for a decision.

To sell or not to sell that is the question?

The marriage of the two pieces works so nicely..... the Victorian glazed top sits perfectly into the simple, cabinet maker made base.

And the original wide boards on the back add a certain chunkiness to this delicate cabinet.

I like the shabby, scraped interior, and filled with a collection of all white china would look fantastic.

I think I've talked myself into it......

Have a great week and enjoy the April showers,
Back soon,
Julie x


  1. "I like the shabby, scraped interior, and filled with a collection of all white china would look fantastic".....I'm presuming tea cups and saucers??!!

  2. Although in general I am not in favour of painting nice wooden furniture (I just love the look of wood!), in this case I must admit I like it. And I love the marriage with the lovely stand!

  3. Julie you really must keep it, it looks stunning standing in your hallway. I love the Annie Sloan colour you have used and it will look fabulous filled with white china.
    Jo xx

  4. Lovely transformation - what a difference!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. What a beautiful makeover, I love the transformation! I think you're going to keep this on...Have a lovely day. Sharonx

  6. I absolutely love it, you must keep it especially all the work you have put into it. I love the colour and can definitely see a difference in the texture of the paint from F&B. I still haven't tried Annie Sloan paints yet, though this may encourage me to do so. I also like the interior, you've done a brilliant job on it. The front must have been a pain (pane!).
    Ruth x

  7. A wonderful make-over Julie! And I'm so pleased to see the new fair venue at Bishop Auckland on Sunday - hopefully we'll be there.
    Nilly x

  8. Bravo!!!
    My arms ache just looking at that transformation. There's no doubt about it, it looks a million dollars now. I will argue with anyone who thinks that painting a wooden piece of furniture is 'criminal'.
    Your post proves the fact that even the darkest, most dated items can be rejuvenated and given a kiss of life in the form of a lovely chalky paint.
    Well done and keep it up.
    Joasia x

  9. It looks wonderful. Well worth all the hours of work. I would have to keep it. M x

  10. I wouldn't be able to part with it, it looks fabulous, and lovely that you have left the inside slightly shabby!
    What colour did you use.
    have a good week

  11. I am very much into white at the moment..go for the white china?. X

  12. Hi Julie,
    It looks fabulous!
    Funnily enough this is how I got started in the business of selling painted furniture. I painted my grandmothers old cabinet in a similar way and had so many compliments that I never looked back.
    I have also taken three or four of these into Station Mill and they never remain unsold for more than a couple of weeks. They are hard work, no doubt about it, but definitely worth the effort.
    Essie x

  13. Speechless is wot I am! A magical make-over.


  14. Absolutely gorgeous, I wouldn't be able to part with it, it seems made for that space x

  15. What a transformation . . . . . are you an Annie Sloan convert now?
    Just think how much fun you can have filling it up . . . hee hee!!

  16. Oh this is definitely a 'keeper' Julie. What a marvellous transformation you clever old thing! Love Linda x