Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rustic Cabinet Redo

SO I fell in love with this piece...
It started like this....

I added a decorative key hole cover 
or escutcheon

 It was brass so I painted it as well.
I started with a dry brush 
of a dusty aqua...
Added a coat of white and umber 
in key places...
corners of doors, around key hole.
A French panel mimicked from 
a 17th century design
I then hand painted on the doors.

I used a mix of umber and white 
and a bright white 
to hand paint the panel.

I shaded with a deeper aqua 
and then the chocolate glaze 
to add dimension.
Then a major sanding to let 
the wood come thru.
Next a chocolate glaze over the entire piece 
and rubbed with a damp soft cloth 
to really embed the glaze. 
Lastly, a paste wax for a soft durable finish.

Waaa Laaa...
a rustic French cabinet 
for our next sale at 
Chartreuse & Co.

 (Kitty looks disturbed!)
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  1. it looks beautiful, molly! fabulous colors and finish! hope it finds a new home this weekend- good luck!

  2. did you hear me gasp? this just took my breathe away!! i'm in love! fantastic!

  3. Molly, The cabinet is gorgeous! I love the hand painting on the doors. I was at Chartreuse last Friday morning. I looked for you and I am so sorry I missed you. Maybe at the next sale?

  4. It's beautiful, Molly! Clearly lots of layers of love went into this project. Hope it's warmer in the barn next month!

  5. So pretty! You did a great job painting those doors. I thought it was molding! Love the color too. Wish I lived nearby.

  6. What a beauty Mol! This one won't be around the barn for long!! See ya Thursday.

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Definitely one of your best yet! Miss ya!

  8. Molly, that is gorgeous. I love all the layers you added and love the design on the doors. Thanks so much for sharing this at the party.

  9. So Beautiful! What a wonderful transformation.

  10. Hi there~ This is just beautiful!! I love the color and details you chose- following you along- stopping by from Kim's B&A party- nice to meet you! :)

  11. Oh this is just beautiful, what a great artisit you are. I just found your blog from Savvy Souther Style and now am a follower.

  12. Too bad you are so far away since this piece would be MINE! Love it!!!

  13. Amazing! I love the color. You did an excellent job hand painting the doors! How talented!

  14. that is soooo beautiful! i am so drawn to aqua these days, especially when it's glazed and distressed! love it!

  15. Wow, that is GORGEOUS!!! Wonderful Job!!! :)

  16. OOhhhhhh love that finish! What a great transformation!!

  17. It is stunning..like at piece of ART...Love it.

  18. Your blog background is so pretty! You did such a nice job on your cabinet! I love the mix of colors!

  19. Um, wow! That looks amazing. You did a wonderful job hand-painting the design, too! I love it. Great job!
    I hope you can join my link party today! All participants are eligible to win #130 to CSN stores.com! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com
    Have a wonderful day!

  20. Oh WOW you are more than talented ! You are a genius !
    I would love if you link this and any French inspired post to the French Obsession on Feb 1st.
    People would love to discover your blog and talent !

  21. Molly, the cabinet is gorgeous! You did a fabulous job. I've just become happily become your latest follower.

  22. Wow! So many coats and colors, but it looks sensational! Love the panels! You're very talented!

    Would love for you to drop by this weekend and join Passion for Paint!


  23. just gorgeous Molly! how can you part with it??

  24. You've done a fab job, love the colour!

  25. Hi I am a new follower ~ I love love love this cabinet! It looks amazing :0)

  26. I love the blue that you chose to use to refinish this piece and the way you highlighted all of the detail...simply beautiful!

  27. Molly, you make great things look beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S., your creativity is truly inspiring. Please consider linking up your wonderful shops to my new link, The Homespun Slate @ The Tattered Tag. :)


  28. here's my note ... and I'm now a stalker er follower.

    our hearts must beat at the exact same time.
    I do paint for a second income ..all over the burbs in chicago.

    how have I missed your blog all this time?

  29. I LOVE THIS!!!!!! So pretty. You are awesome

  30. Fantastic job!! Just found your blog and a new follower! I hope you will hop over and check out my little part of this world!!

  31. OMG!!! Fantastic job. I just love the muted color ~ you have another new follower.

  32. Wow...you are amazingly creative. So glad that I found your blog. I can't wait to see what you do next! You ROCK! I'm your newest follower. Come by and visit me sometime.
    Susan : )

  33. Oh I Adore this ! Thank you for linking up !

  34. Molly, what a fabulous change you have brought to this cabinet. I am amazed by your creativity. Are you a designer? Do you have more ideas on redecorating?

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