Monday, June 24, 2013

Two Tone China Cabinet Makeover

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I finished this two tone cabinet over the weekend and couldn't be happier. I used my new favourite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg on the frame, and Pure White on the drawer and the inside of the cabinet... I've always been a bit of a fan of two tone and this just makes me do a little dance :)
The lady I bought it from originally had decided it was just too dark for her home, and I couldn't agree more. That dark style, in a darker hall way or room would mean the cabinet would just fade into the background or make a big black hole in the corner. With a paint makeover she definitely doesn't fade! Here's her 'before' shot.

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This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I had asked around (Fiona from Lilyfield Life and Courts from Apprentice Extrovert) about Old White and decided that the creamy hue wasn't right for me, and went for Pure White instead. As suggested to me, it did need several coats even just for the 'rustic' kind of look that I go for. If I wanted a better coverage I would definitely need an undercoat.
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I love this for a entry or the end of a hall way. Even sitting in my lounge room I can see how she could display some lovely china, or even books (almost everything at my place has books!).

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I left the original drawer pulls on her; I like the black on her for contrast and I think it works well and picks up on the distressed edges.

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This girl is for sale, although I did put her next to my favourite chair today and started to think I should keep her. BUT given we're about to get all our floors replaced I think I'll wait and see how they turn out before I start collecting more furniture!

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  1. I have just started painting with that paint. It is incredible x

  2. It's beautiful Catherine and I am sure it will be snapped up asap!

    Old White is quite creamy, particularly next to another colour - on a piece painted with just that it looks quite white though.

    Your Duck Egg actually looks more like my duck egg in these shots, funny how colour looks different in different lights, shots etc!

    My chalk paint addiction is getting quite expensive..I've already emptied my 2nd tin of Old White - and I only got the 2nd tin 6 days ago :/

    xx Karen

  3. hi Catherine - it's gorgeous and turned out beautifully. Hope you sell it quickly although it's not a problem to have it around for a little while is it. I'm sure it will look lovely amongst your other stuff

  4. this is gorgeous! i love those legs- swoon! i saw this on instagram and fell in love then!

  5. Wow! Gorgeous! I love this style of china cabinet with the high legs! Great color choices! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  6. Lovely Catherine! Yes agree with what Karen said about Old White.. on its own it looks white but next to another colour it goes more creamy. I'm sure she'll be snapped up quickly! Jo xx

  7. This is one stunner of a piece Catherine! Love the two tone look for it and the original knobs!
    It's a show stopper now and would be contemplating keeping it if it was mine too ;-)

  8. Gorgeous piece Catherine, looks perfect. I don't blame you being tempted, she would be hard to let go. :)

  9. The china cabinet turned out gorgeous! Love the color combo.

  10. SO beautiful! I love her shape!
    Therena @

  11. Love this cabinet! It caught my eye because I just began painting a small china like yours over the weekend. Will post pictures soon. Great Job!

  12. I love this cabinet - the two tone color paint is something I have been wanting to try myself...this definitely makes me want to all the more... found you through Power of Paint Party....

  13. Beautifully done! The graceful curve of the legs makes this such an elegant piece.


  14. Thanks for linking to Paint Parade. I saw how quickly you sold this on facebook. I think you should have asked for more money! have a great weekend
    Fiona x

  15. That's a great piece. Love those legs and your colors came out so sweet!

  16. What a beautiful piece of furniture! You did such a nice job with that chalk paint.

  17. I love the 2 colors, they are so calming together! I would love you to come link up at my Paint Party going on now
    Hope to see you soon,


  18. Visiting from MMS's FFF. This piece has all 3 of my fav's! 2 toned, stunning legs, and duck egg blue! I just subscribed to your feed using Feedly, I'd love it if you'd check out my blog and subscribe as well.

    Char @


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