September 30, 2015

Weathered Grey & White China Cabinet Redo

This week already feels so long!
I can't believe it's only Wednesday!

I thought I'd pop in and share my most recent furniture redo since it's basically my most favorite ever!!

It's definitely one of my biggest & I love taking on different pieces to see what kinds of challenges I can tackle :)

I found this beautiful china cabinet at our local Habitat Restore for around $100. I think it was a deal day so I'm thinking we actually only paid $75 for it. A steal either way. 
It was solid and didn't have a scratch on it. 

Although it was missing one side glass panel. But for what I wanted, they were going to go away anyways. 
But isn't she pretty? 

This piece was in great condition so it didn't need a ton of prep (my kind of project!). 
I lightly sanded away any rough spots and gave it a good cleaning.
Hardware came off. 

It did have one pane of glass still on the side so I ended up taking it out.
It was held in place by rubber lining and was easily taken out by removing the rubber pieces and sliding the glass out.
Love when things go willingly :) 

I had a fun project all planned for the extra piece of glass but it was broken while moving some things around so that was kinda sad. 

Next things next, I knew that I wanted to paint the inside of the cabinets & the back of the main area a different color than the rest of it. 
It took me forever to decide on color combinations but since it was going to be sold, I decided to go for a less bold, more neutral look but still absolutely gorgeous.

The back wall and inside cabinets got several coats of a pure white. 

The rest of the piece got several coats of Cece Caldwell's paint in 'Silverhill Fog'. 
It was a beautiful soft grey that gave it the perfect finish I was looking for.
However since this piece was so large and needed several coats, it took a LOT of the paint. 
Pretty darn near all of it.
So I was somewhat disappointed with how far the paint went. 

After painting it grey, I knew I wanted a more weathered, vintage look so I tried out some cheap white wax that I had on hand. 
I say cheap because, you guys, it was five bucks at Walmart. 
Mind blown. 

Check out that gorgeous vintage finish: 

I literally squealed out loud as it was going on because it looked so good. 
That's when you know it's going to be amazing :) 

After applying and buffing the white wax, we went ahead and decided to add chicken hex wire to the side panels. 

This awful awesome stuff. 

It was the absolute worst part of the whole project.
I'm just glad that my sweet husband is a whole lot more patient than I am or I would have tried to sell the empty side panels as the new 'in' thing. 

The hardest part was the fact that we were installing the wire in panels that were not removable. Cabinet doors would be a snap because you can take them off and staple it onto the back. 

But for these we basically had to become contortionists to fit ourselves sideways into the thing and try to staple/nail into tiny little grooves to attach the wire. 
The other thing going against us was that the wood we were attaching it to was mostly very thin trim molding pieces that would easily be cracked or damaged if nails or staples were too long and ended up in the wrong spot. 

Thank goodness that husby was able to figure out a good system of nailing tiny finish nails around the perimeter to secure it in. 

I dry-brushed some white paint onto the wire to help it blend in a little more naturally and downplay the industrial feel just a tad. 

After installing the chicken wire, it was time to get it all put back together. 
I re-installed the original hardware and dry-brushed some of the white wax onto them to soften them up. 

Then it was my favorite part- step back and admire you're finished piece!!

Didn't she turn out just gorgeous?!? 

I love how light & airy it feels now with it's lighter coat of paint. 
Those drawers & doors have curves for days and I feel like the lighter paint helps accentuate that more. 

I love the pop of fresh white against the grey finish- it's a bit more dramatic in person but you can get the idea from the pictures :) 

It was a bit more challenging than other pieces had been for me to style.
We couldn't really drag it in the house since we didn't have a great spot to photograph it so we set up shop outside and dragged things to it!

I love my blue pyrex in there against the greys & whites. 
Hubby was so enamored by it that he tried to convince me to find a place in our house for it. 
But I just can't replace the pieces we already have since they are family heirlooms. 

But I'm thinking it'll look gorgeous wherever it ends up! 

Check out the crazy before & after: 

It's so hard to believe it's even the same piece. 
I just love the weathered grey finish against the chicken wire doors!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts/comments on my newest makeover!!

It's up for sale, so if you're local, message me on Facebook or email me to chat about bringing it into your home!!

Happy Wednesday friends!

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  1. What an incredible makeover and that color is gorgeous! I'd love it if you would come and share it with us at our Best of the Weekend Link Party which is live right now. So pretty! Pinning!


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