Sunday, September 26, 2010

Are You Green with Envy?

I know you are going to be so jealous of my "new" china cabinet.   But please, try to control yourselves as I show you this fabulous transformation!  Good thing you don't know exactly where I live 'cause I know some of you would try to come over here and sneak it out in your purse.

Okay, enough bragging about my fabulous china cabinet.  (Notice I've used fabulous twice - well thrice - now.  That's 'cause it looks so fabulous!)  You want to see it, right?

Well, first you have to look at the before....
(Oh...you need to know that I took the before pictures very early in the morning and the lighting was not fantastic.)

This was an unfinished china cabinet my husband gave me several years ago for Christmas.  He stained and finished it himself so it's taken a long time to convince him to help me move it so I could paint it.  It was nice, but kind of boring.  (Ooooh! Hope you didn't read that Worker Bee!)
First I had to find the right green.  After searching for awhile, I found this gorgeous green from the Laura Ashley colors at Lowes.  It's called Moss 4.  We got a satin finish with the built in primer.  It seemed to work okay, but the white I bought for the inside did not provide good coverage.  I had to pull out my favorite primer/paint from Home Depot.  That paint has worked great for me every time I've used it.
After the paint had cured - for two weeks 'cause I got too busy to finish the project - I sanded some edges and corners for a distressed look.  Then I took some walnut stain (Zar brand) and rubbed it on and then rubbed it off.  It went very fast and was very easy to do.  This technique came from the delightful Miss Mustard Seed's technique on her inspiring blog.

Well, if I do say so myself, (and honeys, I DO say so myself) it looks.....................

FABULOUS!


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Now I need your advice or suggestions.  When we were doing the fabulous birthday garage clean up I found these drawer fronts.  They belonged to a file cabinet that was destroyed in a very unfortunate accident that I'll have to write about another time.  (Suffice to say that I had a vertical bruise on my tailbone....I'll let you draw your own conclusions.)

So, I think they might be interesting hanging on the wall.  Worker Bee was kind enough to hold them up so I could take a couple of pictures so I could come to you for advice.  

Now Worker Bee thinks they look like they might belong in a morgue or a funeral parlor.  
Do you see that?  Did he ruin them for you?   

Let me know what you think and then you'll have to see what I do.  I'm open to other suggestions for them too.

Well, I'm so wicked proud (stinkin' and wicked are my go to adjectives of the season) of my china cabinet so I'm linking up to:

Cindy's at the fantastic Cottage Instincts
Cielo's whimsical House in the Roses
Susan's  over at the lovely Between Naps on the Porch

Joining Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday too since she helped inspire all of this greensation!
(Yes, I do make up words - frequently. Drives Worker Bee crazy!)

Hope you enjoyed my FABULOUS transformation.  Now, which dishes should we use for dinner tonight?  You will be joining us, right?  I'd love for you to come.

You know I can't leave you without one more pic....


Be sure to stop by here and leave a comment if you want to enter my first year blogthday giveaway!
Everybody is welcome!

66 comments:

  1. Yes..I need a moving truck..you see I need to pick up a green cabinet!! Girl friend..I LOVE IT..tell Worker Bee He did an awesome job of building it..now it looks Beautiful..like it was meant to look that way!

    Ohh I be you just keep looking at it..over and over again..great eye candy!

    Hugs..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

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  2. That IS GORGEOUS!!! Oh I wish I had your talent to see things with your eyes....I'm sure hubby was delighted with the transformation himself too!

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  3. FABULOUS!! I am doing some major coveting right now, lol! You did a great job :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  4. It looks so nice. I love the color. Sure doesn't look like the before picture.

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  5. OH! I DO love it!!!! :) I have to say that I think that I like it best painted... sorry hubster! It really is darling! You did a great job! :)

    ~Liz

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  6. LOVE. Moss 4 is one of my faves too...Adding the stain really makes the piece. And girl, you got a dishes problem. Why don't you let me help you out with that?

    Glad you could Mi4M!

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  7. That is beautiful and I DO want it! Good thing I have a very large purse. =)

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  8. I love the green version! But... I'm with Worker Bee on those drawer fronts - fresh off a casket!

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  9. love the color and finish --looks superb!

    from Met Monday...

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  10. you did a wonderful job on your makeover i love the green color you choose

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  11. It is beautiful! You did a great job on it, I especially like the distressing. And I LOVE the color~ small world, that was the color of our kitchen for several years!! I'm your newest follower :)

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  12. Fabulous transformation! Looks so good with the stain and the distressing. The color is great too and shows off your dishes now.

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  13. Hello my friend...

    Ohhh...what a fabulous transformation! The difference of night and day...seriously!!! I love the lines and style of the cabinet and that gorgeous moss green is the perfect color! Girl, I would definitely try and stick this gorgeous cabinet in my purse and bring it home to live with me! wink! Hehe! Love that you used the white inside the cabinet...the contrast is really nice! Ohhh...and you have already decorated it sooo beautifully! I just know that you must be loving this fabulous cabinet now!!! Yes...and I said "fabulous" as well! It describes your cabinet to the "T"!!!

    Now...I love those cabinet fronts...the hardware is really pretty on them! I think they would look fabulous hanging on the wall. You could do all kinds of things to them to "dress them up" too...if you wanted. Like...paint the centers...or decoupage pretty scrapbook paper in the centers...or print some cool sayings! I think you should go for it...and hang those pretties!!!

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous cabinet with us...and the pretty drawer fronts! Can't wait to see what you decide!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  14. Love that green and yes, I am jealous! I would love to have a cabinet like this in my breakfast area. I don't have room for it but I can dream anyways, right? It looks great!

    Jennifer
    http://southerninspirationsblog.blogspot.com

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  15. WOW, I love it. What a gorgeous transformation. Love the colors.

    I came here from Lululovlies and now a new follower too.
    Happy First Blog Birthday too and wow what a wonderful giveaway you are having.
    I would love to enter too.

    So enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I am having a givewaway too if you'd like to stop by.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  16. WOW!!!!!! You did a fabulous job! It looks wonderful!!!!!! I would be as proud as you for sure! And if I did live there, I would need to hire you for a few projects I need painted! :)

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  17. Wow you did an awesome job! The color is fantastic and just brightens up your space!! I just love any green but that color is perfect! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cabinet!

    Miss Bloomers

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  18. Love it! I am thinking of painting one of the bathroom vanities a similar color. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. Sooo lovely! That is the perfect green!

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  20. I love the redo, it's just the perfect shade of green. Great job and glad hubby likes it too. As for the drawer fronts. I would paint and add glass or crystal knobs to them and use them as hangers of something very cool, Char

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  21. Sweet Bee that is one stinkin, wicked, fabulous china cabinet you got there! I AM green with envy. Isn't it amazing what a little coat of paint can do?
    The dresser draws I'm not so crazy about. Just keepin it real. But please feel free to prove me wrong. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  22. Love Love Love the china cabinet! It really looks great. The drawer fronts don't do it for me but maybe with some changes?

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  23. Love, love, love the green cabinet. It is beautiful. Yep, worker bee ruined the drawers for me. He has a point... But maybe they just need a little somethin? somethin.... Hugs

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  24. Love the green it really brightened up that hutch. Great job.

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  25. OOh love that china cabinet now.. you are soo right it's fabulous.. Come take a look at the hutch transformation on my blog.. we used almost the same color!!!

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  26. I am so GREEN! with envy that is.

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  27. You did a fabulous job. I'm so impressed with all you girls that paint furniture. Great color choice.

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  28. It looks so nice painted green, very cute! What is it with men and stained wood? Congrats to you on a job well done and for getting your man talked into painting over the stain!

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  29. WOWZERS - now that's some metamorphosis ! i LOVE it !

    thanks for sharing,
    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

    oh and I didn't see the morgue thing until you said it, but now... creeps me out ! LOL !

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  30. WOWZERS - now that's some metamorphosis ! i LOVE it !

    thanks for sharing,
    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

    oh and I didn't see the morgue thing until you said it, but now... creeps me out ! LOL !

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  31. Oh, I absolutely love this cabinet in green, and if I didn't have one of my own, I might just have to sneak it out in my purse... LOL - that was so cute! Tell hubs, great job!

    Hugs,
    Patti

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  32. Oh, I absolutely love this cabinet in green, and if I didn't have one of my own, I might just have to sneak it out in my purse... LOL - that was so cute! Tell hubs, great job!

    Hugs,
    Patti

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  33. Holy moly!!
    It is a good thing that you did not tell us where you live because i think we would be clawing each other's eyeballs out to take that FABULOUS Hutch home!!

    It is the PERFECT shade of green and looks fantastic.

    I must admit I did not think of the Funeral Parlor connection until you mentioned it but I still like them on a wall!!

    Loved my visit here today!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  34. You should be stinkin wicked proud!! Your transformation is exquisite!! I love Laura Ashley anything and her colours are devine!!
    I also love your green and pink depression glass. Precious!!
    I did have an image of "morgue drawers", but that quickly dissipated!!LOL! If you paint the inner "panel" with chalk board paint you could have a couple of interesting message boards!!
    I am a new follower!
    Hugs, Laura

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  35. That is gorgeous!!! The perfect green color and I am a green person so I should know. Really turned out well.

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  36. Perfect color for the style. Great job! Jane F

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  37. If I did a great job as much as you did, I would be bragging about it too. You did a fabulous job. I love that shade of green. What a perfect choice!...Christine

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  38. Green is a fantastic color, love it thanks for the visit sweet bee cottage

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  39. Hi lovely lady. I love the color green you have pick out ~~ Great redo.

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  40. The china cabinet looks.....sorry, I have to use your word.....FABULOUS!!! I bet it makes you smile every time you look at it. That's what happens when I look at the cabinet I painted. It just brightens up the room. You did a wonderful job!
    Happy Monday!
    Carol

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  41. The green is very pretty, no wonder you are so happy with it! Now, you ask for suggestions and I look with a critical eye:
    I personally would use the glass part to display my china in a museum type way, teapots grouped together, teacups grouped together - not as a storage place, because the cupboard is such an eye catcher, it is so nice.
    As to the shelves I would suggest you integrate them in a newly to build table of some kind with shelves?

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  42. What a great makeover. I love the color you chose.

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  43. Yes, I am green with envy! That is beautiful. Love the color. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Green with envy puts it too mildly. All that hard work yielded a beautiful green piece you will love in the years to come. Nice job...I am really impressed.

    Genie

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  45. Oh, no! He did ruin it for me!

    But, the cabinet is gorgeous!

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  46. Gorgeous, gorgeous work! The green and white look fantastic.

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  47. You outdid yourself there.....friend....great job...by the way did you change the glass on the doors...it looks to be seeded???

    Xo

    Jo

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  48. Oh, yes, I would like to sneak in and steal it! It's so pretty, and I love that shade of green!
    The drawer fronts are interesting and I'll look forward to your finished projects!
    Sherry

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  49. Your fantabulous china cabinet is the perfect shade of green. Great job! I wonder what one of the drawer fronts would look like over a doorway? I wonder if it would be appropriate to some lettering on one of them...to make it a placard. Your husband thinks that it looks like the sliding drawers in the morgue on NCIS, I bet. Thanks for sharing your charming project. Cherry Kay

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  50. You have a fun blog! I am envious of your china hutch! It is a beautiful green! Good job!

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  51. So laughed out loud about the morgue comment.... Toooo funny.

    Love the cabinet! It looks wonderful... I've said it a million times before, but I'm going to say it again.... :-) I will never stop being surprised at what a difference paint can make.

    I just used Laura Ashley paint on a little shelf do-hickey and was totally unimpressed.... It left brush marks... I usually don't have that trouble. I won't buy it again.

    Warm hugs,
    Spencer

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  52. Loved the post and it did turn out great! I have a similar cabinet I'd like to paint some day. So much to do!

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  53. Love the green cabinet--beautiful!! And yes, now Worker Bee has me thinking of a morgue! It's like the time I wanted one of those lovely quilted jackets and my hubby said, "Looks like a potholder to me." I'll never look at one of those jackets the same!

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  54. After the way the cabinet turned out, I do not think you need any advice from others. It looks wonderful. I really like the color.

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  55. Absolutely perfect! I love it. Joni

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  56. Love the cabinet, it's a perfect green. You have a very nice blog. I happened to stumble across it this morning. Have a great Wednesday. Susan

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  57. It looks not just fabulous but beautiful. I'm working on a piece of furniture and I'll have to try the green you used. It turned out so well.

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  58. Hi Bee

    I so love this transformation - the green is perfect!
    Leann

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  59. As green is my absolute favorite I can say it--FABULOUS! Happy blogosversary---and yes, please enter me in your draw!

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  60. I LOVE it.. I am not brave enough to go green..

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  61. Oh, I am green with envy. This is beautiful! Love the white inside and the stain accent too. The distressing is perfect.

    Great job!!

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  62. That IS fabulous! I love the color and the style. Great job on the distressing as well.
    Lindy

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  63. Well, you were right! It is positively fabulous...and I am jealous!
    The morgue thing totally cracked me up! It did kind of ruing it for me though...don't think I'd be able to get that image out of mind if you hung them there. LOL Too funny!
    Great Met Monday post!

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