Monday, June 10, 2013

Graphite and French Linen China Cabinet

 
A customer at Loot traded me this beautiful china cabinet for a desk I painted.  I love the simple, clean lines and the doors remind me of paned windows.

 
The veneer was damaged in places, which I repaired with Gorilla glue and wood filler.
 
 
 
I painted the exterior of the cabinet with Graphite Chalk Paint.


I applied both Annie Sloan clear and dark waxes to give the Graphite an aged appearance.  I only painted one coat of Graphite Chalk Paint on the moldings and details, so the wood showed through on the details after I waxed the piece.

 
The interior of the cabinet is painted with French Linen Chalk Paint. 
 
 
The clean lines and color combination created quite a sophisticated look.  This cabinet is one of my most masculine makeovers and reminds me of an old doctor's cabinet or an apothecary.


I love horses and I found this ceramic one at a rummage charity sale last week.  He was cracked and chipped everywhere and was falling off his little stand.  I had to rescue him from his fated future at the dump.


 
I filled all the little cracks and chips with wood filler and reattached the horse to his base with Gorilla Glue.  I painted him with Coco Chalk Paint followed by a Graphite wash.

 
He looks regal now, atop the cabinet.
 
 
 
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20 comments:

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

I'm always amazed at what a difference paint can make. Especially when there is more to it than just slapping on a coat of paint. The cabinet is gorgeous and so much prettier now.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love it! the combination of colors is perfect!

Pamela said...

That piece turned out fabulous!

Cynthia said...

What a gorgeous piece, I love the molding detail and that you used the different chalk paint on the inside. I just love the graphite color, I have a can that I haven't used yet. Soon in the new house I am sure!

Cynthia

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

talk about fabulous(ness) Just love it and the colors ...great job sister

pink*cherub*moon said...

What a gorgeous cabinet! I love that graphite color with the linen interior! Aww, so sweet that you saved that little horse! He's such a cutie! He does make a great accessory to the cabinet! Always fun to see what you've been up to! Hugs, Leena

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a gorgeous transformation! The cabinets has such great bones and you just brought all of it's beauty out! Very smart looking color combination! And the little horse still sits proudly on top of it!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Beautiful color choices -- love the way this turned out and the clean lines are fantastic

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Piece! I recently combined graphite with orange to make a dark brown for my kitchen island. My barstool legs were brown but with a red tone and they just looked wrong against the brown, so I thought graphite. After a couple of coats I got scared because they looked blue/gray. I ended up rattle canning some black over it to get a truer black. Now I have an old oak china cabinet I picked up at Goodwill that I want to paint. Your piece looks Amazing, but mine will be on a wall next to a rustic (but higher sheen) black farm table and I'm afraid I'm going to get the blue next to the true black again. I'm thinking go going with an olive…..

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Anonymous said...

Gorgeous and exactly the look I am going for. I do have one question.....Did you let the clear wax completely dry before applying the dark wax or did you apply it immediately after?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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