I found a lovely set of antique furniture on Craigslist early in the summer. The listing was for an antique china cabinet and buffet needing a great deal of TLC. I was excited to have my hand at the pieces.
The summer began and I realized that in having my kids home, my time over the summer for painting would be much less than I would be used to having so regretfully I passed on the gorgeous buffet to another gal to restore and she had some more time than me to space. It was sad, but the right thing to do.
Sometimes we furniture restorers just need to clear our space to gain a fresh perspective so I am ok with it.
It is like pruning a tree so it will bloom in the future.
I did keep the amazing matching china cabinet though.
The sweet lady I bought the pieces from is named Joyce and she was such a doll. So sweet and accommodating. She told me a little about the history of this cabinet as it was in her husband’s family for years.
In fact, it had just been sitting unloved and unpretty in her basement for 48 long years.
Can you believe that?
I am 41 year old just to give some perspective.
She was in that basement 7 years before I was born.
She needed a makeover for sure.
Like 48 years ago.
I had to do some minor repairs but nothing some wood glue didn’t conquer.
I did have to plane the drawer a bit because it had swollen over the years and needed sanded down to make it fit in the cabinet better. The cabinet originally had a door with glass and gorgeous fretwork, but that didn’t survive over the years so I chose to remove the door and leave the cabinet open-faced.
I really liked that look anyway!
I imagined linens, crafting baskets and fabrics tucked inside the shelves in a cute display.
I wanted a fresh new look for her….so I went blue.
Blue is always a perfect choice.
This cabinet said summer decorating to me as it was so blue it was!
I painted the exterior with Valpsar’s Fairmont Penthouse Mosaic Blue and the interior of the cabinet in Valspar’s Honeymilk. She was distressed to perfection and then sealed in Clear Wax. I just love her legs. They are fabulous!
I added two really cute knobs to her drawer – they were from Homegoods if you can believe it.
Apparently they carry a few knobs now.
She was worth the wait.
I just adore her.
She was delivered to her forever home tonight to a sweet gal named Ginny.
I am thrilled 🙂