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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

French Cabinet Makeover


I'm not sure if my latest (and maybe greatest) project came about through 99% inspiration or 99% perspiration, because it felt like it could be 100% of each. That's what I get for taking on a huge project in the dead of summer. But, it's finished now & I'm in love with it.

I should start with the inspiration part. That came from Holly at Life in the Fun Lane. I've been a fan of hers since the first time I came across her blog. In fact, her French Provincial Cabinet was one of the first projects I ever saw on her site. I loved it immediately. It was so my style. So, you can imagine I was thrilled when I found this french cabinet of my own in one of my favorite thrift shops.



So, I set out from the beginning to shamelessly imitate Holly's cabinet. I started with Sherwin Williams' Pro Classic Satin in Extra White. I should've started with their latex primer, but I didn't realize this until after the first 2 coats. So, learn from my mistake and use the primer first!


I might also recommend spraying a piece like this if you own a sprayer, just because It did take a long time to brush-paint. After painting 4 coats & sweating off what felt like 10 pounds, I decided if I did something like this again, I'd spray.

After the painting, I put the hardware back on exactly like it was in its gorgeous antiqued state. And I sanded the edges just slightly to give it a little dimension.



And then, with the help of my talented husband, I installed the "wallpaper", which really wasn't wallpaper at all, but rather a very thin sign material that my husband custom-printed for me in a pattern he designed to imitate Holly's original piece. It's one of the advantages of being married to a promotional graphics guru. And it's the perfect finishing touch for this piece.









Did I mention I'm thrilled with it? Let me know what you think. And thank you, Holly, for your inspiration. I hope I've made you proud!



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59 comments:

  1. Wow, it's beautiful. You did an excellent job. The paper is gorgeous, you have an amazingly talented graphic artist for a hubby.

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  2. OhMyJumpins I LOVE IT! I wish it were sitting in my house :)

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  3. Oh! all of your sweaty efforts were worth it because that piece is divine!! Love the paper you put behind the shelves & it looks great in your room!

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  4. I love this!! I actually own the say exact china hutch, but my husband's grandmother gave it to us, so I would feel a little guilty painting it, darn it, I love the way yours turned out....maybe some day.....

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  5. I love this so much! You did an awesome job... it looks perfect! And the paper your hubby chose if perfect as well! All summer I have been on the hunt for a piece just like yours to paint. I've been to garage sales, rummage sales, and checking Craigslist like a fanatic (literally like every 30 minutes some days) and still... no luck. Someday... I know I'll have one too. And when I do, I'll make sure I primer first! Thanks for the tip!

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  6. This looks so good!!!! I love all white painted furniture!

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  7. This piece of furniture is fab! The way you refinished it compliments it perfectly. It's truly stunning.
    Kristine
    xoxo

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  8. looks gorgeous, julie! i have one that i did after being inspired by holly's as well, but i painted mine on the inside with a soft blue because i have a wallpaper-phobia after having to tear so much down in our last house! looks stunning!

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  9. It is drop dead gorgeous.
    You did an amazing job.
    I love the wallpaper.

    Bravo!

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  10. Oh, it is amazing. I just recently painted my brown china a cabinet white, I agree, a lot of work and 4 coats later. I laid down plastic and did it in the house, no way could I handle the heat!! What a perfect fit for the space, and the "Wallpaper" is wonderful!!!

    Carol

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  11. Oh wow, that's beautiful! I'm sure was a lot of work. It's a big piece! But well worth it. The background is so pretty too.

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  12. All that sweating was worth it!!! Yes, it's absolutely gorgeous. GORGEOUS!! Nice job - and I LOVE the "wallpaper."

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  13. It is so beautiful!! All your hard work paid off! Enjoy your beautiful new piece! :)

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  14. Just beautiful...you did an amazing job!

    Rondell

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  15. Wow, it turned out awesome! And who's to complain about sweating off 10 pounds? I fell for you though having to put on 4 coats. Ouch! It looks great though so all your hard work paid off.

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  16. Looks very pretty. Worth all the effort. t's amazing what (several coats of) paint can do.

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  17. Wow, that turned out so beautiful. I can not believe you did that without a roller, I would of given up after the second coat! You are amazing to stick with it and finish this HUGE project. The damask print is perfect. What a great and talented husband. Love, love, love it!

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  18. It is adorable Julie, I love it you have done such a great job!! You have inspired me to redo a little table we have for our bedroom!!
    Thankyou for sharing!!
    oxo

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  19. Sha-Zam! I love, love, love it! I like that you put it in the family room too. Perfect... storage and beauty combined! Whoot Whoot!

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  20. This is lovely! I adore white furniture.

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  21. Beautiful job! My mom has this exact piece in her home (orignal finish) along with the matching dining table!

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  22. GORGEOUS! Seriously. I want that in my house.

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  23. Great job, Sweat and all. Looks like it was worth it. But great tip on using a sprayer next time. I painted cabinets with a brush and a Sprayer would have been a life saver.

    I Made It!!!
    http://thescarfshop.blogspot.com/

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  24. DROOLING! How lucky you are to score that piece and have such a talented hubby! Enjoy that gorgeous thing!!!

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  25. Oh my goodness, it's beautiful! I love it! And yes, very Holly-ish. Love it.

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  26. I love it! So pretty and the wallpaper is just a cherry on top! xoxo Bev

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  27. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Absolutely love the soft color and pattern on the paper too. It turned out fabulous!

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  28. Oh my goodness. That is absolutely gorgeous! I love how it came out. I love white furniture. Good for you!

    xo -E

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  29. wowzers! love the background in the cabinet, and the shape of the buffet. great job! i have yet to tackle redoing a piece of furniture. i'm really intimidated by it, lol.

    glad you stopped by the cape on the corner, and i appreciate your comment on my bedroom revamp!

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  30. Love Love Love it! Want to come and do my hutch now?

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  31. Oh My Gosh!! I love it! Holly should be proud! ;) I drooled over her china hutch a time or two- it makes me so sad that I don't really have a good place for one!

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  32. What a makeover you gave to that hutch! Nice job! Stopping by from NFF. Keep up all of the good work!

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  33. Oh! It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. SO pretty! You did a wonderful job! Of course, I love that you put a tassel on it, too. ; )

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  35. Truly Beautiful!! I LOVE it!!

    Great job!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  36. This is stunning - I love it against that wall!

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  37. That cabinet is amazing and might I add that the white with the wall color makes me weak in the knees. Love.

    -Rene

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  38. Your cabinet is very beautiful! You did a great job!

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  39. Wow that cabinet is gorgeous!!! Love the wallpaper you put inside!!! I'm your newest follower!

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  40. I LOVE this! I need a dining room hutch. I guess I'll have to scour every last thrift store until I find one, so I can copy YOU!

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  41. Btw, it looks so beautiful with the dark handles and against the hardwood floors.

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  42. I love it! I just purchased something very similar and I can't wait to get started on it now!(I do intend to use primer, thanks!)

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  43. Hello Gorgeous! Absolutely AMAZING transformation. You did a wonderful job! :)

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  44. I love to see what others do with pieces of furniture...give me just the inspiration I need to jump in and hope I don't mess up too badly!!! Thanks for sharing...it looks great!

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  45. Love this! I have a question...how did you install your "wallpaper?" Wallpaper paste?
    I would love to know!
    Thanks Holly

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  46. Holly---We simply used a strong double-sided tape to install the "paper". Super simple!

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  47. THANK YOU...I will be trying that out soon! Holly

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  48. Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by my blog! It is INSANE how our hutches are NEARLY identical! You should see the doors for mine! They are alllllmost the same as yours! Your hutch turned out to be just BEAUTIFUL!!! You did a fantastic job!

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  49. you did an amazing job!
    I would love if you link this to The French Obsession on August 1st!
    Hugs
    Frenchy

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  50. Beautiful! It fits in that little nook perfectly. Like it was made for the space!

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  51. This cabinet is GORGEOUS. I'm jealous. :)

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