French Provincial Cabinet

As soon as I saw this one at the back of the Salvation Army my heart skipped a beat! It had all the right stuff, and I just had to add a little pizazz.

It was cute already, huh? Just not the right color, and the scratches along the bottom cabinet would have been hard to restore.
So I gave it a dose of my usual white treatment, added a little distressing, then once again lightly glazed.

I have gotten a TON of emails about the glaze I use on furniture, and since I am WAYYYY behind on my emails I will tell you right now! I use a brown paint that I chose at the paint store, but instead of having white paint tinted you ask them to tint a clear base. From there you decide how and where you want it. I like to just add a little color to a bit of water and brush it on the cracks and crevices, but you can do the whole thing or just a little too!

Lastly, I added a little whimsy by wallpapering the back of the cabinet with my favorite brocade paper (found at Home Depot of all places!).
I think I will be sad when this one decides to eventually move on…
And finally I wanted to leave a little note for all our new readers and friends! Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog and email me with your questions and comments~ Lately I have been getting many many emails asking about the paint colors I use on everything from the blue frames to my gray wall, but unfortunately I cannot tell you the colors. Not because they are a top-secret issue of national security, but because I started out by buying mistints, and I have now evolved to mixing my own colors. All the shades of blue, white, cream, and gray are all my own creations so you may have to just guesstimate a similar color from one of your local paint sources. Sorry I am of no service in that department, but thank you for your praises!!!
French Provincial Cabinet

63 thoughts on “French Provincial Cabinet

  1. This piece turned out fantastic and is just about exactly what I need for my dining room. Thank you for your lovely blog! I really do enjoy reading it.



  2. Gorgeous — I LOVE the before and after shots.

    Would you be willing to share the name of the wallpaper (pattern/company) as I have an awkward little alcove I've been wanting to wallpaper but haven't found the right paper.


  3. I see how that would be your fave…almost exactly like your current blog wallpaper! Very pretty choice by the way, I'm still loving the light blues with the fresh, new, white furniture :)

    Ooh, wow (I just read the other comments); and Ivy has a great, genius idea. Somehow I really bet you could create, market, and successfully sell your own line of paints. Infact, isn't this how these things get started. I wouldn't be surprised if within the next 5 to 10 years you're your own mini-mogul! (is that the right term?) Especially after reading your next exciting endeavor, come February!


  4. Ok… I was wowed by your buffet make-over! I can say this because I just love, love, love, shabby chic and so do you !! I was really amazed by the fact that there ARE shabby chic lovers! I say that because I had a boutique and somehow that town didn't particularly lean toward what i liked! I was disenheartened until I started Blogging!!!! Love to see how many women all around the world love what we love!!! Plus your name is FAB :) heehee Keep sharing love it!


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