Vintage Cabinet Transformation {before & after}

cabinet before and after

This week I said a bitter sweet farewell to my transformed Ugly 80’s Buffet which sat happily in my dining room for the past year.  It went on to start a new life as an office sideboard in a New England farmhouse =)  Now that only meant one thing…out with the old and in with the new (well, new to me!).  I set out to a couple of my favorite local thrift shops and quickly found what would become my next dining room cabinet.  It wouldn’t exactly call it a looker, but it had great details and the quality was close to perfect…I had a vision, here’s the result!

Oh my, I think I’m in love.  There’s just something so dreamy about the creamy white with distressed gray detail =)

To finish this cabinet, I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in old white for the base, then I mixed Annie Sloan Paris Gray paint with a bit of the Old White and water.  I used a rag to rub the gray paint mixture on just the cabinet doors.  Last, I used fine grit sand paper to lightly distress the cabinet.

Here’s a close up view of the Paris Gray & Old White detail…

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9 responses to “Vintage Cabinet Transformation {before & after}

  1. Did you have to sand the furniture before you painted it cream? Or did you have to do any other prep work before painting? I’ve always wanted to find a nice piece of furniture, as you did, and paint it but I’m not exactly sure what to do. I would love some advice! Thanks!

    1. Cheryl, I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on furniture, so I don’t sand it down. The chalk paint will adhere to everything, and sometimes sanding makes the paint adhere uneven because that process opens up old pores in the wood. The only time I’ll sand furniture when using chalk paint is if the furniture has chipping paint or uneven spots, then I’ll use a fine grit sand paper to smooth out the surface. If you don’t use chalk paint, the next best thing is enamel paint, this process is pretty much the same as with chalk paint.

      Best of luck!

    1. Thanks Erin! Neither. Believe it or not, that’s the exact same hardware! I just looks so different with the new colors =)

  2. Beautiful job. I would like to do that and instead of gray, use a tannish taupe. Where do you purchase the chalk paint ?
    Have you ever tried gilding anything ?

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