At last - my dining room china cabinet is finished. This is what it looked like in the shop before we bought it. I'd been looking forever for one for a long time - I wanted white - but figured I could paint it once we got it home. Well over a year has gone by - and I started painting this summer.
You've seen it before
All dressed up for spring
And ready for Thanksgiving dinner
Pies on the left side - they were delicious!
And festive at Christmas time
With desserts waiting for company to arrive
And then the painting began - it was an OK china cabinet before I painted it - but I really wanted white, for that country look
I started with Chalk Paint - what a disaster - some have done great things with Chalk Paint - one of them is not me. After three coats it was still looking horrible.
I wanted to take this railing out of the center portion - but it was so well made that I would have ruined the remaining wood - so there it will stay
Bring on the regular paint - glossy and pretty - just two coats and I was done with the top - then our SIL and grandson moved the top away and I painted the bottom.
And here it is - all reassembled and with pretty knobs. We have a wonderful couple who mow our lawn, powerwash and paint our deck and clean our gutters - and yesterday when they came to mow they lifted the top section back up on the bottom of the china cabinet - they are the most wonderful, hard workers - thank you Zenida and Tacho!!! (and their little boy Daniel - who likes apples and bird bath fountains)
The yellow flowered knobs go perfectly with the yellow dining room chairs - they were a gift from my friend Linda - what a sweetie she is.
Let's put some pretty dishes in the china cabinet - how about turquoise depression glass?
I've been collecting these slowly for over 50 years now - some of the pieces have been gifts from Don and some are from flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops.
The lidded dish is a favorite
The long thin dish was the first piece Don bought for me - right after we got married. We lived in Sitka, Alaska and he paid the rich price of $2.98 - and recently one sold on ebay for $39.00 - amazing. Mine is priceless - I'd never part with it.
We found these snack sets at a raggedy, dirty yard sale - piled high with batteries, car parts and loads of junk - what a treasure.
Lots of fun finding pieces at yard sales - the fun is in the hunt, discovering baskets and a jam jar.
I adore these little swirled dessert bowls - they are from the late 1970s and early 80s - considered vintage already. The price on ebay will frighten the strongest shopper.
The middle square bowl is another piece purchased in Alaska in 1965.
Adding more pretties - some pink transferware on top of the china cabinet
And a pretty hammered aluminum tray from my collection
The flatware is my all-time favorite - daffodil - my birthday gift from Don this year
And the last addition - perfectly matched
The glasses are from the Dollar Tree - and look like vintage pieces !
I'm very happy with the results - but I can tell you this - this is the last piece of furniture I will ever paint - EVER!
Now I will walk in and out of the dining room just so I can admire the change in the china cabinet - and the pretty dishes.