Pitch Black, milk painted sideboard

Pitch Black, milk painted sideboard

This gorgeous vintage piece with stunning appliques hit all of my furniture criteria; unique, intricate and striking. One of the heaviest and biggest pieces I’ve ever worked on, but definitely one of the most beautiful.

 

 

I used my go to paint these days, milk paint, in Pitch Black.  Again, the milk paint did all the wonderful things I wanted it to: different shading of black and crackling and scaling. This stuff is fascinating to work with. I swear, when I start talking about my obsession with milk paint, people’s eyes glaze over. I’m nuts about this stuff!

 

 

After I painted and sanded her back to near wood, I focussed on the finishing. I rarely talk about this step, but topcoating is really the most important part of the process. It is also the most frustrating, time consuming, confusing and for most people, the most boring part of furniture refinishing but if you don’t do it, you’re certain to regret it. The first time you put a hot mug or wet glass on the piece, you’ll ruin it. For all you wanting to learn how to do this, don’t focus on the paint, focus on the topcoat.

 

 

I always say I put three layers of topcoat on the surface of the piece and two everywhere else, but that’s really the minimum. I topcoat until it’s near perfection and sometimes that takes 5 or 6  coats. I obsess about it!  I pity the person that will ever have to strip down my work. They’ll be swearing on my grave for sure. 😉

 

 

Once the finish was done it was time to accessorize. Furniture hardware can be so much fun! I have a ton of knobs on hand and I think I tried everyone of them on this piece and none of them were right. In the end I realized that her original hardware was made for her. Whoever planned her out knew what they were doing. Although they were the perfect match in shape and size the brass was too brassy, so I painted and topcoated them too. I love how it all pulled together in the end. She’s a stunner!

 

Stunning vintage china cabinet, milk painted and polka dotted!

Stunning vintage china cabinet, milk painted and polka dotted!

 

Over time I’ve come to realize that it’s important to love every inch of every piece I buy. If that voice inside my head says “I love everything about this except for…” the warning bells go off and  I move on. This small, divine, vintage china cabinet hit all the marks for me. From it’s delicate appliques to the curved legs and the sweet pulls, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind. She was a definite buy.

 

 

She’s close to 100 years old (made somewhere between 1907-1937) and the only sign that points to her age, is her gorgeous patinated wood. I really wanted to highlight the crackling and beauty of her exterior. Old Fashioned milk paint, in Pitch Black, was the go to paint for this one. The pigment of milk paint almost seems to absorb into the wood. It’s so fascinating to work with and this shade is stunning! I distressed the black quite a bit to get some yummy wood to show through.

 

I also wanted to use this adorable Spoonflower polka dot paper I had stored away for just the right piece. I papered the back and painted the interior with General finishes Snow white milk paint. Love this white! It matched the paper exactly.

The exterior was top-coated with General finishes Gel Topcoat and the interior with their High Performance Topcoat. A ton of work to get this one done but so worth every minute. One of my all-time favourites for sure! She’ll be hard to top but I’ll give it a try! 😉

Snow white china cabinet

Snow white china cabinet

 

My first blog post of 2016 in October! Ugh! If I’m going to pay to have a website, I’d better use it.  So without further ado, the most beautiful china cabinet I’ve ever transformed. She also happens to be the only china cabinet I’ve ever transformed but she certainly won’t be my last. 😉

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For those of you that haven’t heard it already, I had been eyeing this beauty and her sideboard sister (painted grey in summer of 2016) on Kijiji for months before buying them. I loved the clean lines which are hard to find on vintage pieces and the wood moldings were so pretty. While the sideboard transformation came easy to me I racked my brain for months on what to do with this one… until I found, Spoonflower. Then I knew. Here is what she looked like before.

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I won’t do a post about Spoonflower, but you should really check them out. Amazing designs! I can seriously go crazy on their site. The exchange rate, shipping and duty put things in perspective pretty quickly but I still indulged a little. So that’s were it all started with this pretty floral, Spoonflower paper.

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Once the paper was chosen, the paint colour seemed obvious: white! Not just any white but a true white. Altough I had never used white, it didn’t mean I wasn’t paying attention. I researched and read and looked at hundreds of white pieces and I knew that General Finishes, Snow White, was the colour (or non-colour) I would use. I am pleased to say that I made the right decision. This is an amazing white and the paint is incredibly easy to work with.

 

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In the end, a ton of work went into this one. A lot of firsts: white paint, new paper line and first china cabinet. The prep, priming, disassembling & reassembling, papering, painting and finishing all took an incredible amount of time, but I would do it all again and I will!

I laughed, I cried and in the end, I loved. I hope you do too!

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