Cottage Fresh Country Cupboard

A few days ago I shared a project that I had been working on: transforming a country cupboard from this ugly, broken, junky piece to a cottage fresh country cupboard. This was the before:

Country Cupboard Unpainted

this was the during

Country Cupboard Painted

this is now.

White Country Cupboard Signed

A simple fresh white country cupboard that is filled with some of my cherished blue and white pieces, including this vintage set of Block China that I have kept stored away for over 30 years!

Block China Blue Strawberries

I have treasured this dinner set with the luscious blue strawberries for so long, but have never had an open cupboard to display them…and now I do! In this close-up pic you can also see the wainscoting wallpaper that I had installed and painted. It just gives a little extra depth to the otherwise plain back of the piece.

Blue & White Country Cupboard

You can read about the initial transformation process, including the prepping and installation of the wainscoting wallpaper here:

https://countrydesignhome.com/2014/04/10/wow-wainscoting-wallpaper/

Once I had finished painting the cupboard, I wanted to add just a bit of glazing to the detailed trim to enhance it. BUT, I did not want to change the overall look of the piece. It needed to remain bright white to contrast with the red walls of my dining room. This concoction of DecoArt Metallic Pearl White Paint + Behr Custom Color Sample (kind of a soft tan-but I’m not sure of the color because it was in the OOPs bin at HomeDepot for 50 cents!) + Martha Stewart Tintable Glaze Effects.

Martha Stewart Glaze, Americana Metallic Paint, Behr

I mixed it all together- lets say 6 parts glaze to two parts metallic paint to one part tan paint. Very scientific.

Martha Stewart Glazing Mixture

Then I painted it only on the areas where I wanted the trim to be defined- then wiped it off with a damp rag.

brushing on glazing mixture

Just a hint of color was left behind to enhance the deep trim work.

Country Cupboard Trim Glazed

Once it dried, I then mixed the Metallic Pearl White paint and the Tintable Glaze (about 50/50) and painted over all of the raised detail and trim areas. So what I have now is an elegant piece with a pearlescent glaze finish that captures the light and makes the detail pop.

Country Design Home White Glazed Trim

Perfect. It just goes to show you what a little TLC and elbow grease can do to transform any ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. And just in time-now I can clean up the dining room and get ready for Easter, whew!! Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! Susan

 

 

French Lavender Side Table-Ooh-la-la!!

Writer’s Note: I am excited to share that my little French Lavender Table Transformation was featured as an Editor’s Pick on BlogHer!! To view that post, click here:

As featured on BlogHer

As featured on BlogHer

Now, onto the transformation! With some pieces of old furniture, I choose the style and color of the makeover according to my needs. Some pieces tell me what they need to be. This little table needed to be the center of attention in a lovely lavender French boudoir.

French Lavender Side Table Completed PMWe purchased it at auction and I could have chosen to paint it red or black or green, but Behr Lavender Lily seemed to be just the perfect, soft color for this delicate little beauty. Here is the how-I-did-it:

1. Cleaned and lightly sanded the entire piece. It was pretty dusty and dirty and topless-must have been a long, crazy trip from Paris!

French Lavender Side Table Before2. The base coat of paint was quite adhered and sturdy other than a few chipped edges, so I just sanded them, added a primer for the top and simply painted over it. Look at the sculpted details here!

French Lavender Table Before

French Lavender Table Behr Lily Lavender First CoatFirst 2 coats, Behr Lily Lavender.

French Lavender Table Behr Lily LavenderSo soft and pretty!

French Lavender Side Table Behr Lily Lavender Sample Pot3. Added a glaze of Behr Ridge View paint mixed with Martha Stewart Glaze Effects to highlight all of the exquisite detail on the legs, drawer and back.

French Lavender Table Martha Stewart Glaze EffectsI mixed it together in a 4 to1 ratio (glaze to paint) then painted it on (working in small sections because it dries pretty quickly),

French Lavender Side Table Paint on Glazethen wiped it off, leaving the glaze where I wanted it to remain as a highlight.

French Lavender Side Table Drawer Detail GlazedAllowed the piece to dry.

French Lavender Table Detail Glazed4. In the past, I have used waxed paper for my transfers, but this time I tried freezer paper instead.

French Lavender Table Freezer Paper for Graphics TransferThe freezer paper is a little heavier and easier to work with than the waxed paper. There are two sides, a matte side and a shiny “plastic-coated” side.

French Lavender Side Table Transfer Reverse PrintedYou want to print the graphic (thanks, Graphics Fairy : ) on the shiny side, in reverse! In this case, I wanted to use a small graphic to decorate the center of the table top, so I would be able to place things on it without completely hiding the picture.

French Lavender Table Printing with Freezer Paper5. Once printed, allowed to dry for a short time. DO NOT TOUCH IT or it will smear. Lightly dampened the painted surface.

French Lavender Side Table Dampening with SpongeDO NOT OVER-DAMPEN

French Lavender Side Table Too Wetor the graphic will come out all smeary and then you have to wipe it off and repaint it and start over again. Ok, well, that happened to me. More than once. So DON’T DO THAT.

6. Gently and carefully placed the graphic straight down onto the surface, then affixed with painter’s tape to create a “hinge” at the top.

French Lavender Side Table Taping Design for TransferThis allows you to check your progress without moving the graphic around and messing up the picture. WARNING: you only get one shot at this. If you attempt to moved the transfer around once it has touched the painted surface, you will need to start over. Ok, well that happened to me too. More than once. So DON’T DO THAT.

7. Once the transfer had successfully landed on my piece, I used a blunt object to rub the surface using firm pressure. I used the back of a spoon but I have seen others using credit cards (I prefer to use those at HomeGoods).

French Lavender Table Transferring with Spoon RubThis takes a minute or so to complete the transfer. Just keep rubbing all over, and check periodically by lifting the corner and then placing back down in the exact same spot. Hence, the tape hinges. Removed the paper from the design once I was happy with the transfer. Allowed to dry.

French Lavender Side Table Transfer Completed8. Once the piece had dried, I applied a coat of Fidde’s Supreme Wax

French Lavender Side Table Top Waxto protect the entire piece and provide a nice, glowing finish. Wiped it on, buffed it off with a soft cloth.

French Lavender Side Table Buffing Wax9. Drilled the hole for the antique brass pull

French Lavender Side Table Drilling Knob Holeand Ooh-la-la!

French Lavender Side Table Completed PMMy new precious French Provincial side table is magnifique!? Oui? This technique is pretty fool-proof as long as you allow time to dry between steps and follow the transfer instructions. But, before you transform a piece, make sure you really look at it to decide what it needs to be. Have a Bon Mardi, everyone! Susan

 

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