Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pretty French Style Cupboard

Thanks for all your comments yesterday on house design dilemmas. Progress on the house is going well and I will share more photos soon. I'm so excited about the space we will be living in. In the mean time I've still been painting in the corner of my bedroom and this is my latest piece.

I had to decorate this cabinet with a little festive flair especially as Christmas is just days away.  This is a vintage music cabinet with a hinged lid that I painted in the palest of greys. I mixed ASCP Paris Grey with a couple of different whites I had that were at the end of the tin. If the cupboard is not next to something white it reads as white itself.

The shape of this cupboard is just lovely. The legs and side details really make it.  I replaced the original handles which were broken with small crystal knobs.

The cabinet is a vintage music cupboard and so the lid lifts up and has a visible hinge in the back. Initially I thought of replacing the whole top but I then realised that who ever buys it probably won't mind the hinge as it's how the original piece was designed. Sometimes it's not worth changing things. Especially as the top is also beautifully shaped.

Sometimes it's hard to get photos with my helper always wanting to be involved in the process.

My neighbour just popped in for a coffee and commented on how smooth my furniture always is. It really comes down to the amount of sanding you do. Sure how you paint the brush strokes and the humidity and the paint play a part, but sanding will always ensure a gorgeous finish. For me, this is one of my favourite parts of painting because it makes such a difference. It's very hard to tell from photos how smooth the finish but I think it's a balance from look spray painted and looking too brush marked. If you paint furniture yourself you will understand this balance.

Anyway this pretty cupboard is for sale. Last minute Christmas gift for someone special? I have lots of friends who buy their own presents to make sure they get what they want. I'm sure you could sneak this under the tree with a tag for yourself. LOL. Dimensions are 92cm wide, 52 deep and 80cm tall. $425, pickup Lilyfield. I think it would look beautiful anywhere in your house and it offers great storage.

Two more presents to go under our non existent tree and a pork loin (Phil's favourite) to buy and then I'm finished Christmas preparations. Easy peasy this year as we have no room for much. How are you tracking for your prep? 

Fiona xx


  1. Hi Fiona
    Thanks for tips on painting smooth finish, may seem a bit obvious but would love a tutorial, start to finish, on how to get a smooth finish.
    Best wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

    1. Hi Maria – I have loads of tutorials on my blog for painting, waxing and sanding. Check out the tutorial tab. I was going to suggest to come to a class but then noticed you are in the UK 
      Merry Christmas.

  2. Definitely sweet and definitely smooth. Have a wonderful Christmas Fiona and I look forward to what you transform in 2015, love Hannah

    1. thanks so much Hannah, merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  3. Now that's the finish I want! Feliz Natal Fiona, Diane

  4. Oh what a great piece with great bones. Good solid pieces are hard to find now. Love the white. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks so much Bonnie, have a lovely Christmas
      Fiona x

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  6. The house is making good progress, and I'll be sharing more pictures shortly. I'm giddy with anticipation for our new living quarters. This is my most recent painting, which I've been working on in the corner of my bedroom in the interim. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Jacket


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