I am so excited to finally be sharing my little French styled cabinet makeover with you all today.
Want to see how this little Frenchy gal started out?
It’s been a long time coming.
If you follow me on Instagram…you’ve seen it. BUT it didn’t quite turn out like I had originally planned.
It was a bit of a big fat ole fail at first.
I had a vision. (that’s a scary thing sometimes…just ask my husband! ;) )
But sadly, as it goes sometimes, the vision and what I actually ended up with were two totally different things.
So back to the drawing board it was.
And this is what I ended up with.
Not a bad cabinet makeover at all.
I am actually happier with the actual outcome than I was with my original vision! Yay!
(isn’t always that way?)
It was a thrift store find…. $20! We recently put the TV over the fireplace and I had been looking for awhile, a long while, for something to house our cable box, etc.
This was a pretty good find for that, I think. Maybe not ideal or what I totally had in mind but it would work.
But it was in not-so-great shape.
The door was not even attached when I bought it. Easy to see why!
So I brought it home with the idea of painting the bottom and sanding/restaining the top.
That was going well until I sanded….
…and yes, that is particle board. Weird, huh?
Not sure what’s up with that except maybe the top was ruined at some point and replaced?
I was so bummed. There went my plans to restain.
But not one to be deterred for long I decided to stain it anyway. I wanted it ‘stained’ so it was getting stained! haha
And I’m pretty happy with the result.
I used Minwax PolyShades (which I thought was ideal for this situation).
It was perfect since it kind of just lays on top of the wood. I was able to disguise the fact it is particle board underneath…for the most part.
Isn’t that the coolest??
So anyway, back to my original “vision” for the paint. (it was yellow)
This time I used a shade of Aubusson Blue with my blend of Old White/Pure White over top of that.
I sanded and distressed to really get the blue to come through all over. Even the sides.
Which I ended up disliking …highly.
So back to the drawing board on those….again.
I repainted the white and then added grain sack stripes instead.
And then distressed those to match the rest of the cabinet.
What a fit this little cabinet was giving me, right??? lol
It’s okay…it all worked out in the end. That’s just how the creative process goes sometimes. ;)
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I reinforced the underneath of the cabinet to hold the screws for the door and painted the inside with Cream colored Chalk Paint.
You can see it in “action” here. We removed the back so the equipment could get air and not overheat when the front is closed.
I used a blue watercolor pencil since I knew I’d be painting it in with the same shade of blue I used underneath.
I hand painted it in using a script liner brush.
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You can see how I already distressed the underneath a little bit already.
Then I lightly distressed a bit more, including the lettering.
I really wanted to see some of the blue.
I sealed the entire thing with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, including the top stained portion.
Side views of the grain sack stripes….
Up close of the lettering…
What a difference, right?
I’m really happy with how it finally turned out.
It’s really perfect for holding that equipment without being too big or bulky beside the fireplace.
Although, I didn’t like how open it was underneath because you would see the wiring.
That was something I had not anticipated so I placed a basket there to “cover” it up.
That was a happy little accident too.
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I think the basket on the bottom compliments the look and balances it out a bit.
Yay for happy accidents…which this entire project ended up being. It certainly did not end up like my original vision but that’s okay.
Sometimes the creative process is a bit long and foggy…until it becomes clear! ;)
EDITED: Our home has undergone some changes since I gave this little cabinet a makeover.
I now have a different cabinet in this spot but I wasn’t able to let this sweet little gal go!
It now resides in my office and my printer sits on top with my Silhouette Cameo inside….perfect!!
Be sure to check back in next week to see what I did with this table! (hint…it involves tissue paper! ;) )
UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!
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