Monday, March 19, 2012

China Cabinet Before & After

What is it about this time of year that makes us eager to tackle projects around the house? Perhaps seeing nature spring to life outside our windows inspires us to breathe new life into our homes, as well. I am trying to accomplish a few projects this week, but in the meantime wanted to share one of last year's furniture refinishing projects that I haven't shown you yet.

Joe's mother bought this china cabinet at an estate sale years ago. I loved the architectural details and rich finish, but the piece was pretty banged up. The veneer on the side was damaged, so I decided to give this china cabinet a fresh, new look. I really debated whether to keep a mahogany stain or go white, but ultimately I decided this direction would fit our home best ... .

Here is the refinished china cabinet dressed in Farrow & Ball's All White.

I painted the inside of the cabinet white, then used double-stick tape to line the back with scrapbook paper for a temporary accent. Here is another look at the transformation:

Last year as our china cabinet was doing from dark to light, our floors were going from light to dark. I love both transformations, but feel a little nostalgic about the previous look. Which do you prefer?

It was difficult to photograph the cabinet with all the windows in our house, but this angle gives you a better view of the glass and pretty trim on the front.

Favorite china pieces seem to feel at home in the updated china cabinet, so I am pleased with the fresh, new look. I hope to have more transformations to share with you soon!

"Being surrounded by beauty opens little windows that allow our spirits to breathe. Surely we were not meant to be immune to the wonders about us! And surely we have been given the gifts of creativity and sensitivity partly so that we can grow more attuned to beauty, to the way things were meant to be." -- Emily Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk


Shelia said...

I love your pretty china cabinet and especially the new bright color. Your dishes are so gorgeous too! You've displayed them so well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Connie said...

I am also debating over painting my china cabinet or leaving it. Mine is really two pieces stacked together. The bottom is a cherry three drawer dresser, that has been in my husband's family for many years. The top is a dish cabinet from and old house in Portland, OR. I'm not sure what wood it is, but the finish matches the cherry very well. I have thought about painting the top only and then trying to tie them together with white pull handles. I'm so afraid I'll mess it up. Do you have any suggestions? Your posts are so beautiful, that I really have faith in your ideas. I devoted follower, Connie

LELO said...

I liked a lot your china pattern! (Can you tell me the name? I´d like to buy a teacup for my collection) :D

And the china cabinet is beautiful in both colors, but I believe that white matches better with the furniture (that I saw in pictures at your blog).

My atelier has two rooms: I´ll decorate one "dark", XIX style (furniture like the first color of your china cabinet) and other "shabby" (everything clean and soft colors). I´ll share at my blog some pictures later.

Congratulations for your excellent taste!

Love Being A Nonny said...

At first I thought "oh no! I would not paint that!" but, oh my word, it is beautiful! I love it! Oh, and I love the darker floors!

Lori said...

Dark floor, much prettier. But I bet you have to sweep more often. We do.

Amy O'Quinn said...

What a lovely addition to your home! I definitely like the new white color...I think it truly makes a wonderful background for your beautiful china. I have several refinishing projects I need to tackle as well, and now I'm inspired to start. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I think you made good choice with the white china cabinet. The handles on the doors stand out more with the lighter color and it looks so good against the dark floors.

Looking forward to seeing more of your projects.


Valerie said...

Hi Melissa.

Love, love, love the china cabinet transformation! When I first saw the picture, I thought I loved the mahogany stained wood, but then when I saw the painted piece, it stole my heart!

And your floors...beautiful. I too have the light oak hardwoods throughout and have been wondering about refinishing them. All the models that we've toured lately show the dark wood floors.

Decisions, decisions!

Debbie B said...

Since the piece wasn't a 'family heirloom' I like the way it looks painted white. But, I like the lighter floors too. We have the light oak in our house too, love my wood floors. I too wanted to know the china pattern. It's beautiful!

Jaluza Scrap said...

Estou encantada com teus trabalhos.
Grande abraço do Brasil

Melissa Lester said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments on the china cabinet update. A few of you asked about the china patterns in the cabinet. I have my great-grandmother's Homer Laughlin Eggshell Nautilus pattern, Ferndale, displayed in the cabinet. I inherited a small collection but was able to fill out my collection. I always admired this pattern in my mother's china cabinet, so it means a lot to me to have it now. The other pattern is a set I fell in love with at a local antique store: Norwich by Royal Embassy. My husband gave it to me for Christmas, and I think it is so beautiful!

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