Thursday, November 11, 2010

it was meant to be mine.

When I went to pick up this piece of furniture I found on Craigslist I REALLY intended to rehab and sell it…. Really. I promise. DSCN0791

The ad had this piece priced at $175, but I got them to come down to $125. The thing was they had to get it out of their space immediately. Right that minute. My sweet hubby is such a trooper. He borrowed our neighbor’s truck and went with me to get it right in the middle of his football game. His AUBURN football game. THAT is what I call true love…. Anyway, this piece had a rocky start that you can read about here.

After looking at her for a week or so I got that creeping feeling… You know. That feeling that says, “I’m gonna pretend like I’m gonna sell this, but I’m really doing it for me” kinda feeling. For some reason Andrew wasn’t surprised when I announced that this baby was staying with us. He knew she was SO ME. :)

I wanted this cabinet to look old French country… I wanted it to look like we plucked it out of an old French farmhouse (not that I’ve ever been in one… I just like to pretend like I know what they look like). I decided on using 2 shades of gray by Sherwin Williams: French gray and light French gray. Have I mentioned that I decided I wanted this done and finished in less than 2 days when my friend was visiting from Chicago? Yeah. That’s how I roll…. SO, after a day of prepping it and a day of painting it she was in her spot of glory in our dining area.

I didn’t get a chance to distress and glaze it until AFTER my friend left. It sat there looking all flat for about 5 days, and I was going CRAZY to get my hands on it…..

FINALLY I found the couple of hours I needed to finish her, and I was THRILLED with the end product… Peeps, here she is:


Squeal!! She’s just like I pictured she would be…. Now I’ll shut up and just have a picture parade!



The view from the side door where we enter the house:



A little distressing with some Valspar antiquing glaze….


We took the original wire out and painted it with some ORB to give it a new look. I love all my white ironstone up against that gray.


We painted the drawer fronts and back of the cabinet French gray. The rest of the piece is done in light French gray. We kept the original hardware and painted it with ORB.


LOVE the legs.


A peek inside :)


We painted the hinges and just roughed them up a bit with a sanding block. I JUST noticed the paint drip in this picture! ARGHHHH. Gotta go grab some fine grit sandpaper to fix that….






I have no “keepers regret” what so ever….This piece was meant to live in my house. I don’t see myself ever selling it…. For me it’s perfect… Remember when I told you that I wanted this done in 2 days?? What I failed to mention is that I also stripped, restained, and repainted my table and chairs at the same time! Talk about overdoing it… I was exhausted for a week!!! I still haven’t glazed the table, and I have to distress and glaze the chairs… Whew! One day I’m sure I’ll find the time to finish. Until then I’m just lovin’ it like it is….

Love and hugs,

Linked to:

Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can

Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party

Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Stories of a House Project Diaries

The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday

Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Savvy Southern Style

Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous

Style Feature Saturday at Perfectly Imperfect

Friday at Remodelaholic


High Street Cottage said...

Hi Loulou, it's so very French Country! Love the color tones you chose, and the distressing. That little baby would cost a fortune in a boutique space! Well done, and yep, I agree , she's a keeper! tami

Lindy said...

Wonderful job on this piece! I love the color and the white china inside it!

Christina said...

I LOVE IT! Great colors...great job...great timing! Wow!! :)

Anonymous said...

French Gray is one of my favorite colors, right now. This is beautiful in your home. Love all the white dishes inside. It's a keeper!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful piece. You did an outstanding job transforming it. I does not look like the same piece. ~~Sherry~~

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Wow, that is really pretty. I love the colors and all the glazing and distressing that you did.

I know what you mean about the time frame. Last time I was at my brother's house, I got the bright idea to wax his painted dining room table. Something about the paint interfered with the wax and made a mess.

When I go back in a few weeks, I'll have a day or maybe 2 to fix, prime, and paint this table. And it's not even my table, so there is double stress of knowing I have to fix someone else's furniture.

But don't rush on your chairs. After all you did this week, you deserve a rest. Having the house the way you want it isn't worth exhausting yourself over!

Sorry if this got posted twice. It wasn't showing after a slow reload so I posted it again.

Julie Harward said...

You guys are real miracle should have your own show! :D

Debbie~ said...

Looove it, the paint you used is fabulous! Your dish collection looks like it was meant to be too! I'll bet it's hard to stay out of your dining room, it would be for me!!! Thanks for sharing! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~downs

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

You for sure achieved the French Country look. I am loving the gray!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great piece, Loulou! I love how it turned out and I love the wire look; I thought it looked more prominent and I think it was a good idea to paint it. Fits your space great, too!

Chrissie said...

Your china cabinet looks beautiful. You did a great job! It looks perfect in your kitchen~

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You did a spectacular job! Love the ironstone in it against the grey...really makes it "pop"!~Hugs, Patti

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

so glad you didn't sell it off.. coz it is trully beautiful esp. after the make over! and the ironstone in side it, look so much like french country! beautiful with chicken wire net..thanks for sharing. have a great weekend!

Lamp Tramp said...

It's is really beautiful. You did an amazing job.

LilyOake said...

I am struggling to get through the same kind of project with my old hutch because of time limitations. It's been a few months since I started it. Check it out on my blog at I am taking the Swedish Gustavian approach. Your hutch turned out beautiful and it inspires me to keep on with mine.
I will check your blog often to see what else you are revamping!

kathie said...

It is GORGEOUS!! And SO unique!! I love it, love love love it!!

Anonymous said...

What a great find. The colors you chose are just perfect!

Take care,

Muriel and Jerry said...

it looks fabu glazed and distressed. Love it even more. So this is why you were so tired for my visit!

kathie said...

Sorry, I'm back, admiring again! When I visited earlier, I was on a smaller screen and I just couldn't appreciate all of the details of this piece :) You really did such a fabulous job on it!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Fabulous! Trish

Jenny said...

Oh how I love this!!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE gray furniture lately. I have similar plans for my bathroom vanity. :)

michele said...

You really have something to be proud of! It was quite a task and is stunning!

Restyled Vintage said...

That is gorgeous, I think it looks totally French Country even though I have never been in a french farmhouse either, lol. I know that creeping feeling very very well and have experienced it several times. Luckily I have a great husband who just goes with the flow!
xx Karen

Cindy said...

i love this piece, love the gray you painted it in. you did a great job on it....

lvroftiques said...

Great job! I think I would've kept "her" too! Lovin' the greys with the ironstone. Vanna

Jenny said...

Lovely, so lovely!

Nicole Jennings said...

love love love love it! I recently acquired a piece that I'm thinking about painting in gray--it's got a similar style. I think you might of convinced me to "go gray!"

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

I just jotted down those colors, thanks! My poor husband can relate to yours in that I have kept quite a few pieces :)

mariondee-designs said...

Wow, it looks fantastic! You did a great job! I wish I could work as fast as you ...take care, Maryann

Jenny said...

I love your dining space so much, I featured it on my blog (with links to your fabulous blog!!). xo

Anonymous said...

Talk about changing the look. My daughter does the same kind of thing which makes the ordinary into something special. Since you like Frence country, there are wonderful lideas on Cote de Texas.

Shaunna said...

This is GORGEOUS! Beautiful colors and beautiful finish. Thanks for linking to SFS! -shaunna :)

Stephanie said...

I just saw this on Perfectly Imperfect blog and had to come over and tell you how much I LOVE what you did. This is just stunning. I love what you did to it, it sure is pretty.

Michelle L. said...

Hi, Loulou! What amazing makeovers you do! Spotted your hutches on Better After. Very cool blog. Hope you have a happy turkey week!


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