April 11, 2013

The Perfect Shabby Cabinet

I love, love, love, this!!!  As a matter of fact, when I finished transforming this little cabinet..... I knew I had to keep it.


My daughter in law was visiting for a week and we had sooo much fun thifting, junking, and antique store shopping....Oh my, we got tons of great stuff!

I couldn't wait to start on this little cabinet we found for $20 in a junk yard


It was a little plain so I added, plaster beads down the side, they were made in a gum paste mold, tutorial HERE.  Then I added two plaster roses, tutorial HERE.   And finished with spackle cake decorating on the outside of the roses, tutorial HERE.


Now's when it comes to life!!!

 I used homemade chalk paint which was a mixture of plaster of paris, a touch of water, and heirloom white paint.


Then finished with dark wax to bring out the flower and bead detail.  I used Annie Sloan dark wax which I mix with clear Minwax. I find the AS wax too dark on it's own, so I lighten it a little with the clear wax.

Almost done.........For the finishing touch I added wallpaper to the interior


Then stood back and fell in love!


Now, where to put it?  My house is so small that I can't add anything unless I get rid of something......Hum...How about here? Ugg on the air vent, a necessary ugly?


This wine rack was a gift from my son many years ago so, I'm not getting rid of it, just storing it in the attic for awhile.

I think the cabinet looks perfect here under my teapot picture.  I saw that picture on my friend Sissies' blog a couple years ago.  I loved it so much I ran right out and bought it.


Guess what.......The wine fits perfect in my little cabinet!  


Momma's got her wine!!! 

Actually, I don't like the taste of wine lol!   But, every time someone comes for dinner they bring a bottle, how sweet is that!


I'm in love!


Yep, I'm keeping it!  I seldom keep furniture pieces that I buy with the intention to flip and sell

Those of you that sell, how often do you finish a project and decide to keep it?

Happy Creating!
Carol

PS:  I am going to do a post on vintage wedding veils on 4/29.  If you have vintage wedding veils and would like to do a post on the 29th email me and we could all link our posts to each other.

64 comments:

Spittin-Toad said...

I just love it!! I had to pin it to my Awesome furniture board!
Denise

Maureen said...

You've worked your magic on that sweet cabinet and it looks perfectly at home there! It wouldn't be happy living with anyone else. Pinning from you AGAIN!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a cute little cabinet, Carol! You've transformed it beautifully! Love the embellishments and the new color really suits it.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

It came out gorgeous. Love it.
Hugs,
Marie

NanaDiana said...

Carol-That is one of the sweetest pieces of furniture I have seen lately. OMGOSH-$20? Did you about do backflips when you found it? I would have snapped it up,too. I love the lines of it and what you did with it- xo Diana

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Carol. What a sweet little cupboard. At first glance I thought it was going to be a regular size china cupboard, but what a pleasant surprise. I love little things. It turned out beautifully and thank you for the hint about AS dark wax. I have a pretty heavy hand because I love the really old antique "dirty" look but it is too dark so I will know now what to do to help it along..Happy Wednesday. Oops, I see it is now Thursday. Better get to bed..Judy

Graceful Rose said...

Carol, how sweet your little cabinet turned out. I just happen to have that exact same cabinet sitting right next to my computer desk where I am sitting. Yours turned out so pretty. Hum, now I must to get to painting it. I loved the shape of it and keep waiting to have time to do all of this stuff. It won't be long now!!! Yea. Have a wonderful day.

Harvest Moon said...

Carol - Love, love this sweet creation of yours. I don't know where you get your wonderful creativity - but your ideas just light up the pages of your blog. I'm definitely a Polka Dot fan!!

DJAjewels said...

What an awesome cabinet Carol ... a really amazing transformation from plain to spectacular! Wish I had some vintage wedding veils to post about and link up with you, but alas I do not...will still be there to read about it though!
Irene

Decora Adora said...

I just love it!! I had to pin it to my Awesome furniture board!
Angelica

Laurie Mcknight said...

you waved your magic wand on this one, its amazing!!! Gosh you do what you do so well! lol,

Kelley Dibble said...

Way to go, Carol! It's abundantly beautiful in her new attire! What a looker!

Thanks for the tutorial!

Happy weekend,
Kelley~

Connie said...

Carol, it's gorgeous and I'm jealous! So darling. It's also something I would keep.

But a word of caution about wine. As you can see in a wine rack, it is slanted down. That's to keep the cork wet and not let it dry out. Putting the wine in the little cabinet puts all the bottle even—know what I mean? Then the cork will dry out and the wine will be useless. Just so you know.

xoxo,
Connie

The Stitching Coop said...

WOW... do you have a recipe you follow for your "homemade" chalk paint? I would certainly be interested if you did. I was thinking before the wine photo, how would I use it? All I could see in there was an old fashioned cream colored radio with the sliver dials. A little niche` to hide your music and still enjoy. THEN you showed what you actually did with it. Though I'm sober, AWESOME idea!! I think it looks wonderful.

Maybe you could paint your wine rack and roll up some towels and put it in the bathroom..?? This way it can stay out of the attic *wink*.
Hugs and well done.
Tammy

Terry Mann said...

Hi Carol,
I'm a new follower...
Just wanted to let you know how inspiring you are!
Thanks for the all the tutorials.
Terry

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Morning Girlfriend!
I LOVE your little table/cabinet! You sure know how to transform the "ugly ducklings"! It's perfect in that spot too.
I still haven't tried chalk paint.
Probably when it stops SNOWING, I can get some painting projects started.
Warmly,
deb

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Carol!
isn't that just a sweet table?
I love this and I always love seeing how you've used your DIY plaster details.
I MUST TRY THESE.
I know I keep saying that...but soon, I'm going to find the right piece and just do it! :) Pat

Laurel Stephens said...

The waxing really brought out the details you added just perfectly. What a beautiful little cabinet!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Aw! Just lovely, Carol! Your details made all the difference!

It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your DIL. I miss mine so much.

My tastes change often so even though I'm not selling yet I'll probably end up keeping then selling a lot of the items I buy to flip! ♥

Jan Flood said...

Love the cabinet! So graceful, and roses make anything beautiful. Keep what I buy to sell? All the time, LOL, too often in fact.

Debbie Borthwick said...

OH my goodness! This piece is stunning! I love the details you've added, it really makes it! No wonder you couldn't sell it, I love it too!
I'm pinning this, thank you
Debbie :)

Curtains in My Tree said...

Girl
who wouldn't love that cabinet , its a little piece of shabby chic heaven LOL

no.tyranny47 said...

May I ask where is a good place to find unusual and beautiful wooden appliques? This piece is to die for! I wouldn't give it up either.

nelda said...

Sweet and sweet! This piece is perfect for you. Making your own appliques is surely the best way to go.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

It's gorgeous Carol, no wonder you can't part with it! I adore your details and the entire transformation.

shari said...

I love this cabinet, you did a fabulous job! I would be keeping everything if I were you.

sara whalen said...

I love your work. I am following you now so you can inspire me every post you do! Gorgeous transformation.

SavannahGranny said...

You never cease to amaze me. You are genius and I would have kept it also. Love what you do with the embellishments.
Have a great day. Hugs, Ginger

Bente said...

Oh my, what a fantastic job. I love how it turned out.
Hugs

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Yes, I have a problem "releasing" some completed projects. We've talked about the rule, if you do sell it, put the price outrageously high so if it goes, it was worth letting it go.

That cabinet is so adorable with all your embellishments, you talented lady, you.

I am surprised you haven't spray painted that iron wine rack from your son white a long time ago. It would probably look cool with all those circle shapes. A great magazine holder. Do a frenchy stencil on the top!!! Of course, you may have some feedback from your son. lol

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh I would have kept that too! So, so pretty!!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

I have that same wine rack! Bought it years ago at Steinmart. Love that good looking cabinet Carol. Sure has some sexy legs. :) Francie emailed me about the wedding post. I'm in! xoxo

June said...

Oh yes, I would be keeping it too! You have such an eye for those wonderful pieces.

Celestina Marie said...

Carol, I love your shabby cabinet. What a treasure. I would keep it too. Love how the wine bottles fit so perfectly.
Happy Creating.
Hugs, CM

Mari said...

Carol my friend wow! What's not to loveeeee you have out done yourself, this is absolutely gorgeous ...I to would have never parted with such a beauty....
Thank for sharing your great ideas with us all....

Smiles~
Mari

Nancy Carr said...

Great transformation!

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
Wow, I can't blame you for keeping that cute cabinet. You breathed new life into it for sure!

You know I still have my tea cup picture and I love it. It is making the trip with me this week in my already loaded down car. I don't trust movers with paintings and mirrors.

hugs
Sissie

lynn said...

oh, i couldn't sell that either! LOVE it, carol!

Jane said...

I can see why you want to keep it....you did an awesome job transforming that piece!!! It is gorgeous!!
Jane

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Oh, my! You have done it again! That is just beautiful and I don't blame you for keeping it! That tea cup looks like the set I have only mine are bronze/tan. Nancy http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

Amy Jo said...

Carol,

I love how that cabinet turned out!! I would have kept it too.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Melodee said...

Carol you are amazing! this is so beautiful! I really love the gum paste beads and the details:) gorgeous!

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Your cabinet is lovely I can see why you would want to keep it.

Debbiedoo's said...

It is adorbs Carol! I would have had to keep it too. You found the perfect home for it.

Createology said...

It is perfect under the tea cup painting. Holding wine is a bonus. It was meant for you to keep. The after version is beautiful once you put your magical touch to it. Creative Bliss...

marda said...

I just love this too... but then I've loved everything you've done and wouldn't want to part with any of it. How great it holds your wine..or your guests wine.

debi said...

What a little beauty that is...I would keep it too!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh my--hard to believe that is even the same cabinet. I love it! What an awesome job you did making it over :)

jay said...

Oh my gosh, I have two of these little end tables I bought a while ago. I was planning on painting them. I love yours, it's so cute. I picked mine up at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Jamie said...

I love your table transformation! I can't believe it was just 20 bucks. The paint and the moldings did wonders what that piece! I love the wall paper too. I would not have been able to get rid of it either. Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog about my pie recipe! Have a wonderful weekend. ~ Jamie

A Southern Rose said...

It looks amazing! You got such a good deal too. I have one just like it in my storage shed that I haven't had time to re-do. I can't wait to get to it now. You have inspired me once again. I will be keeping this one. Not sure where I'm gonna put it yet. lol

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Jann said...

Love the darling cabinet--it looks like a different piece of furniture!

Rebecca Nelson said...

I'd have kept it too! FAB! MORE THAN FAB. I want it. :(

Now girlfriend...about my post for you...

You may want me to wait a bit because yesterday I got fab news about a WINDOW of opportunity and I just can't pass it up. Changes are coming!

MORE SOON!

xoRebecca

Desiree Siegel said...

Love it! I would keep it too. Maybe your air vent needs a few cake decorations to jazz it up? ;)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

wow!! magnificent job! I remember seeing the mold tutorials on your blog previously. I need to get busy making some.

Bev Carter said...

Wow, This piece is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the added touches you did with making your own molds. This is too precious for words.
Have a great weekend,
Bev
@ Eclectic Red Barn

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is just the perfect size for that spot! I love the changes you made...what a difference! Enjoy the weekend and this fabulous weather we're having! Sweet hugs, Diane

fixitfaerie said...

I was so excited when you shared using the gum paste mold to make plaster decorative pieces. (Boy that was a long run on sentence) I went to Walmart today and they had it for 7.49. Woohoo I have an old china cabinet I paid $40. for. I keep putting off buying the wooden appliques because of cost. Thanks for sharing, and I love this piece you redid. It's darling. Blessings Paula Lusk

Art and Sand said...

I can't believe the change in your cabinet. And, the interior is great.

I totally understand the part about living in a small house and limited space. I have found things I would love to have in the house, I just don't have space.

Iprefervintage said...

I don't like wine either.

The cabinet is darling. A very useful piece.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Wow, would you believe I have transformed three of these little cabinets and I've done pretty much the same thing you did to them. I haven't found any for quite a long time, but I loved everyone of them. Your homemade rose embellishments are terrific too. I just happen to have a vintage bridal veil I am keeping for my own collection. Not sure how to link with another post other than a link party but if you explain it I would love to link to yours. Sounds like great fun.

Barbara Jean said...

LOVE< LOVE that cabinet!!!

be blessed
barb

Annesphamily said...

Oh I love this little cabinet! It is so sweet and you really transformed it in to a beautiful piece. I need to borrow your talent!

sandi collins said...

what a great cabinet. you are sooo good with this furniture flip thing