Tuesday, January 22, 2013

GREEN CHINA CABINET


Well, here she is!


After almost two full weeks of work (off and on), it's finally done, and I'm going to make you scroll through way too many pictures.

Let's remember the very sad before...


And the oh so fun after!




I wanted to create a glam, sophisticated look and lighten up the inside, so I used my wedding china, crystal, some other white dishes and thrifted milk glass I've collected to style the shelves. 


I like symmetry.






Now for the details, I sanded, filled in gouges, sanded, wiped, and primed before painting three coats of color.  Yes, I can confirm that dark colors are tricky and take more paint.  The color I used was Behr's Pine Scent in semi-gloss.  I used a good Purdy brush for the corners and a foam roller for the rest.  Also, a huge trick I've learned when painting with latex paint is to use a coat or two of poly on the flat surfaces that will have something sitting on top of them.  Latex paint can stay tacky for up to a month, but with a layer of poly it's ready to go after 24 hours or so...no tackiness!



One of the knobs on the bottom doors was missing, and a few of the pulls on the top doors.  I kept and cleaned up the brass backplates on the glass doors, and found these perfect glass knobs at Hobby Lobby.  They are an oval shape rather than round so they fit nicely together where the doors meet.







I also gave you a sneak peak at the chunky hardware on the bottom.  The oversize glass knobs were out of my stash.  Did you guess what the backplate was?  I knew I wanted something big and was coming up empty looking online, and then I remembered I had these...


They started their lives as....Christmas ornaments!  I bought them and used them as hangers for an old window treatment (seen here).  My handy husband drilled a hole in the middle and they were perfect!  Along with the original drawer handles, they got a coat of Rustoleum's Metallic Brass spray paint, and then a coat of Rub-n-Buff in Gold Leaf. 




I had planned to add height by adding an extending shelf in between the two pieces to house some cubbies for storage baskets, but I ended up just needing to get this piece d.o.n.e!  I probably will still add that piece in the future.



I'm so happy to be having a little reveal party with my uber-talented friend Pam at Simple Details.  Pam is one of my very first blogging friends and I love every single project she does!  She's revealing her ultra-sleek (free!) Emerald Green sideboard today too.  We've both been working on our dining rooms off and on for well over a year, and have had many conversations about our green beauties.  It's been so fun to have a friend to bounce ideas back and forth with!  Click on over and see Pam's beautiful piece, too.  We're on a race to the finish line to cross our dining rooms off of the list!


With this project completed, I'm down to artwork and a new table for this room.  I have the table but it needs some work so I am waiting for a streak of warm-enough days outside to work on it.  That probably won't be happening until later in the spring.  Artwork, though, coming up!

64 comments:

  1. Eeeeeeekkkk!!!! I LOVE IT Jennifer!!!!! The color and finish is magnificent - your china pops so beautifully. I LOVE the hardware - you are so clever and the bit of sparkle from the crystal knobs is perfection!! So excited for you - what a makeover!!

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  2. Perfect! What a nice compliment to your chairs and bold statement to your DR. Love the simplicity of the white dishes and the hardward is way clever! Nice job, can't wait to see the table and artwork!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  3. Could not love this more. It's gorgeous, the perfect green!

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  4. WOW what a gorgeous makeover!! She's a beauty!

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  5. Oh, I want to sit in that dining room and take it all in!! You've captured the perfect balance between chic, charming and dramatic ~ it's perfectly you! The hardware details are too clever! Lovely, my friend!

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  6. LOVE it!! The color is perfect and the hardware just makes it you :) Great job!

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  7. Beautiful! Simply beautiful! Great job and great vision. I'm going to give thought to doing something like this to my china cabinet. IF I can get Honey on board.... :)

    Congrats again!

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  8. i can't breathe!!!!! i am suffocated by awesomeness!!!!! it looks SO amazing.... pinning this sucker!

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  9. Wowzers! It looks so amazing. What a nice green colour. I just love how it looks with all the white china and milk glass - it's a great combo of classic and bold. And how brilliant are you to use Christmas ornaments???

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  10. What an awesome sense of color and decor direction you have! I am loving seeing how your dining room is coming together. You did such a beautiful job, it is fabulous!!!!

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  11. Awesome!! You have such a way with color. Your dining room needs to be in a magazine for sure.

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  12. Your hard work paid off, Jennifer! It is SO you. I love all the hardware and especially the glass knobs. Looks great in the DR!

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  13. Jennifer, it turned GORGEOUS! What a lovely shade of green, and the knobs are so pretty too, and what a clever lady you are, I would NEVER have guessed those were christmas ornaments, my, I need to go and get my self some for future projects. Great job, I think your dining room is coming along beautifully.

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  14. Oh my word! Can you pa-leaseeee drive to Texas and just stay for a couple weeks...that's all I ask :) Girlfran, you have mad skillz! Seriously! I love this!!!

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  15. Love the punch of color mixed with the sophisticated gold. Just stunning!

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  16. I bet your soooo proud of it. I just love it too!

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  17. Gorgeous!! You have such neat ideas ~ the Christmas ornaments turned to a back splash, the glass in the doors, etc. I know you're really proud of her as well you should be. Great job!

    xo
    Pat

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  18. Awesomeness! Total awesomeness....I know that it was a TON of work! Does your back hurt from all the bending and sanding? I'm sure it does. Girlfriend, it was so worth it! Thanks for the intro to a new blog to follow as well. I marched myself over to them both and LOVE their work. I love how you think outside the box! Using a Christmas Ornament is brilliant!

    Here's a post I did this summer with knobs I did a very similar thing to using wrought iron and alabaster crystal knobs. Thought you might enjoy a peek.
    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1191051836484652727#editor/target=post;postID=7285693942031654350

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  19. Sorry, I goofted on the link LOL - http://decrenew.blogspot.com/2012/11/before-after-old-world-kitchen-makeover.html

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  20. WOW! you did it! Fabulous - love the green especially paired with the white dishes. Awesome Awesome Awesome!
    well done!

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  21. WOW!!!! I love the photo with the colorful chair back showing. And the Christmas ornament hardware addition is beautiful. So pretty. Your dining room is already lovely.

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  22. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS! Love the color, love the hardware, and I'm in awe of your vision and your hard work!

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  23. Wow- stunning! I love everything you did. The hardware is amazing. Thanks for the tip about the poly coat on the flat surfaces. I plan to refinish some pieces in the spring, and this tip will come in handy! Came over from Pam's blog and happy to be a new follower. :)

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  24. I am so glad you got it finished! All of your hard work paid off because it looks fantastic!! I love the gold backplates and it goes so well with the fabric. Makes me so excited to get my room done.

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  25. I love green and your china cabinet is gorgeous! What a transformation!
    melinda

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  26. I'm back to ogle the china cabinet again. Did you color coordinate your blog buttons and sidebar text with this piece on purpose?? :) Truly beautiful….can't wait to show my in-laws!

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  27. It is. AMAZING. wow. seriously...that is a show stopper.

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  28. Gorgeous! What did you use for your poly protective topcoat?

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    1. Thank you! I used the water-based Minwax Polycrylic in the blue can. Just what I had on hand...

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  29. Beautiful and so unexpected! The Christmas ornament turned hardware is brilliant! Well done, and I adore the color too!

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  30. Love the way this turned out! The color is perfect!

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  31. Awesome! I love it, and your creative thinking, repurposing the Christmas ornaments was so creative! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  32. Just found your blog through MMS! I love your work! I am your newest fan. Come check us out sometime at www.megmadedesigns.blogspot.com :)

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  33. love how this came out. The color look amazing. Featuring this in my weekly wow's on Saturday.

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  34. This is stunning! love, love, love!

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  35. Great transformation. Coming over from Simple Details. I'm your newest follower.

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  36. Holy Moly it's gorgeous! I love it! great job

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  37. OMG. This is amazing! Great job!

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  38. This turned out so beautiful! Love this color - with the white dishes - just gorgeous!

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  39. I would of never tried green -but yours Looks Amazing-& your beautiful china finishes the look- I love how it turned out-your pictures are gorgeous-
    Karryann

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  40. The green is absolutely perfect - the white dishes pop against that bold color. Great job!

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  41. Brave...braver...bravest! Never would have tried that color on piece that big and yet...you are right on. It's bling!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (for portfolio of chalk painted work)

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  42. This is a gorgeous transformation. Nicely done!

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  43. Absolutely lovely. And I completely agree with you...symmetry inside a china cabinet keeps everything from looking too cluttered and knick knacky.

    Amelia

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  44. Super awesome transformation! The color selection is perfect too :) I am your newest follower. Have a wonderful day. -Al

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  45. Be still my heart, LOOOOVE THIS! Perfect color, love the way you styled it. Crap, now I gotta shop for a china cabinet to make look like this one. I will be following, and look forward to reading the rest of your blog!

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  46. I am IN LOVE with this. I just found you through Miss Mustard seed, and I think you're my new favorite person.

    Well done, lady.

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  47. I saw this on Better After and I just had to come tell you how incredible I think it is! SO gorgeous. I love the color, I think the handles you rigged from christmas ornaments are genius, and I love the way you styled the interior. You are incredible! Love this.

    Kirsten@madeforaking

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  48. Oh goodness. I've been planning on painting a little sideboard/buffet in my hallway this color for as long as I can remember and I've never done it - this about seals the deal! LOVE. Goes perfectly with that gorgeous bright pattern on the chair too. Found your blog via Better After and subscribing :)

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  49. You really glammed this piece up to it maximum potential. Amazing. I love Pam too, her piece turned out beautiful as well. Love, love the idea of using that Christmas ornament as the back plate on the round knob. Genius I say!

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  50. I've been looking for this paint color, can you tell me what the color is and the brand?

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  51. I love this too!! The accent color in my home leans more towards blue, but I am loving the green! Such eye candy! :)

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  52. That turned out really nice. The way you displayed your china adds to the magazine photo shoot air it has about it.

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  53. It looks stunning! I have had some trouble with people copying my work and using it as their own. I saw someone that copied this exact picture and said it was theirs. thought you would want to know.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=230476607112113&set=pb.221877734638667.-2207520000.1391987674.&type=3&theater

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