Monday, September 13, 2010

making pieces work for you

the wall is almost down!! i'm loving it already!  while i'm waiting on the work to be completed  i thought i'd show you one of the pieces i worked on for our new place.                  

                                                                                              this china cabinet was passed on to pastor j and me after we bought our first home. my parents bought a table and cabinet set but only wanted the table. fortunate for us, although they did have to haul the thing down to florida for us. and then two years later we hauled it back to south carolina. in florida we used it as it was intended, for china. which we have never use, by the way. and then when we moved up here we put it in a sitting room to house some of our books.

and now that we are in a new space i knew i would once again need it for dishes. this piece has  long been on my list of things to paint, i just didn't know what i wanted to do with it. because we are in a smaller space now i am lightening up everything, and this was no exception.

so, using paint i had on hand, alabaster from sherwin williams, i got to work.

here's how it came out.

                                                                        the back of the interior has mirrors which i have never
been crazy about. i couldn't decide what to do with them until i came across some heavy duty, paintable wallpaper while packing. i purchased it months ago from lowe's because it was on clearance and i liked the pattern.
so, on it went.

the best part, no wallpaper paste involved.
i primed the mirrors when i primed the rest of the cabinet.
after cutting my paper to size i simply used spray adhesive on the back
and pressed each square into place.
it worked beautifully.
then i painted it alabaster white, let it dry, and came back and rubbed
some antique glaze over it and wiped it off haphazardly.

i'm pretty happy with how the whole piece came out. it's a real bright spot in the kitchen and is accomplishing my goal of being both functional and beautiful. i can't wait to work on the rest of the kitchen!


  1. Your cabinet is gorgeous! I love the wallpaper on the back.

  2. I really like your cabinet -- it looks beautiful in its new white paint.

  3. Wow, that really turned out beautifully! The wallpaper was a great idea.

  4. This is beautiful! I love old white hutches!

  5. What a great transformation!! It is beautiful!

  6. I love this! Have always wanted to find an old piece like this and paint it black! Great job!

  7. It turned out great. I love the wall paper idea, and that pattern is lovely.

  8. Beautiful hutch~ love the paintable wallpaper too. I was eyeing some at Lowe's the other day and felt unsure if I could do it. But I've been dreaming about it ever since. :) I guess that means I ibetter go back and get it!

    Have a beautiful day~

  9. Wonderful job...has me inspired to paint something!!