I have had this cabinet in my stock of furniture for ever…..I just never could decide on what I wanted to do with it, and to be honest, I was still not all that sure when I started to paint it! As you can see someone had painted it a yellowish colour, I knew I wanted to soften it up with a lighter colour but I did not want go with a white or cream. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I really liked using the Annie Sloan paint that I purchased for refinishing the pine country cabinet, so I thought I would try their paint again on this piece. So I went back to the store to see what colours were available in a softer tone, and after much debate, settled on French Linen. After I applied the two coats of the paint necessary to cover the yellow, although I really loved the colour, I thought the cabinet needed a little something, so I decided to go over the grey with a wash of Antique White (that I happened to pickup a sample pot of when I purchased the French Linen with the intent to try it on another smaller piece) to give the French Linen a bit of depth. So I diluted the Antique White significantly, applied it to the cabinet in sections, and immediately wiped most of it off following application. Once dry, I did my usual distressing and the finished it off with a coat of clear wax. I am not too sure if you can notice the white wash in the photos below, but it definitely gave the cabinet a more textured look.
This piece looks so much better in person, I wish you could see it!…I think my beige walls make the cabinet look a little washed out, and that the cabinet would look better up against whiter walls or perhaps walls with some colour.
Don’t you just love the details on the legs! I really liked the original hardware so I did not replace or paint them.
There is a lot of storage in the upper portion of the cabinet and in the lower drawer.
So what do you think? Are you a fan of the French Linen on this piece?
Well I better be off, have a great weekend!
p.s. I will be posting this cabinet up in my on-line shop for sale.