Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Shabby Painted Cabinet.

Like many of you l'm sure.....l'm happiest when l have a project/s going on....especially a house project. When l first started blogging 5-ish years ago, l never would have thought l could find so MANY projects to keep the house updated and the blog going all these years, but l think having a blog and reading blogs fires up the creative flow.... then the trick is trying to get all the projects done that you WANT to get done:-), and this is even more true if you're a bit of vintage hunter  since almost everything that comes home is a potential project...haha.
So over the past few weeks l've painted both the cabinets in the lounge and replaced the porcelain and glass display. The cabinet below was painted in Dulux Limed White half strength and sanded back on the raised areas....l've decorated the shelves in a 50's era theme. Another hatbox was recovered in vintage wallpaper to add to the blue one on top.
The second cabinet l'll have to show in a later post as there were just too many pics for one post.

The display still isn't quite "there" and has even changed since these pics were taken....no doubt there'll still be a bit of tweaking til l'm happy with it, but hopefully you'll still enjoy seeing what l've done....l just wished ALL the shelves were wooden though... they'd look so much softer and shabby, pretty...l wonder if they can be replaced....(ANOTHER project maybe:-)

l scrounged almost every cupboard, box and drawer in the house AND shopped my stall at the Mill to bring together all the pieces in both the cabinets.....It was a lot of fun arranging it all...l was going for a look something like an accessories cupboard in a dress shop.

There's vintage packaging including perfumes, talc and even real red lipstick from the 50's, l tried to incorporate a number of bits that have come home from Mum's place. There's even a bridal headpiece and faux flower wedding bouquet.

A carved bone fan at the back and vintage plastic earrings and brooches are in the little jewellery cabinet.....50's and 60's plastic hair slides are in the dish.

Below l've shown a couple of my inspiration pictures. These are from nostalgiaatthestonehouse.

This is the cabinet before.....Even though l loved the creamy distressed finish when l bought it......it never looked right with any of the painted grey furniture in this room.

l hope you're all having a beautiful, stress free week....thanks so much for popping in here for a visit.

Til Next Time,



  1. Your cabinet is just gorgeous! I love its shabby style.I can see a lot of romantic treasures inside..wow!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for your visit as it led me to your beautiful blog! Your painted cabinet is fabulous and all of the pieces inside are just perfect...very interesting and pretty! Great job!

    I read a few of your posts while I was here and I have to say how sorry I am that you lost your mother so recently. It's so very hard. I wish you all the best.

    Sending a hug,


  3. Just gorgeous! What a stunning piece full of a beautiful collection of treasures! :)
    Jennelise xo

  4. Thank you so much for your lovely post. I never would have able to explain so well the making of a transformation ! I hope your words will inspire me to be able to explain a little more what I do in my French shabby home ! Your pictures are lovely, and I liked also the inspiration pictures you offer us.
    Xoxo from PARIS

  5. I think you've accomplished exactly what you set out to do, Bron. The cabinet is amazing! Love the new finish, and everything that you've added inside! It's just beautiful!! Beeeauuutiful!!! You have gathered all the right pieces....treasures, and displayed them with such care and attention to detail. What a wonderful addition to your already fabulous home.
    LOVE it!

  6. Your cabinet is gorgeous as well as your lovely styling. Your hatboxes are so pretty.
    Mary Alice

  7. Wow Bron, your cabinet is amazing!!! And all the beautiful eye candy you have in there...my goodness, those are some treasures! I love your vintage fan. I'm sure you could replace the glass but I actually think it looks lovely the way it is:)

    I'm extremely behind on my blog posting. I've been spoiled by the ease of Instagram to the point that I'm too lazy to blog! I need to get on it this week tho, I don't want to neglect my poor little blog too much:(

    Hope you're doing well, sending hugs!

  8. In white the cabinet looks very beautyful. Very nice!
    Have a nice time,

  9. Your cabinet turned out beautiful....I love the color! Your collection looks so pretty displayed inside too :o)

  10. Everything is wonderful, lace, decoration, furniture ... Beautiful.

  11. Hi Bron! Me again:) Thank you so much for your lovely visit to my blog and your kind words:) I hope you noticed the beautiful shabby V you made for me on my inspiration board!

    There are so many shabby people on Instagram, I hope you'll be able to spend more time on there! It's definitely not like blogging but you're able to comment back and forth to each other in real time which is so much fun! Hugs my friend and have a wonderful weekend:)