Sunday, November 1, 2009

Art Deco Cabinet Makeover

When I saw this cabinet, I fell in love with it.
Even in this orginal condition it had flair.

Although, in the original condition it also had its limitations.
None of the inlay was in very good condition, so it wasn't really worth saving.


I took it apart, primed it, painted it and then with a warm brown, glazed it all over for a very soft aged and worn look.  I opted not to distress it as I wanted it to look like an old piece, but an old piece in very good condition.  As you can see in the middle, when I covered the inlay, it just looked too plain. So I added an applique.

Also, I decided the design on the glass was a bit dated and really didn't fit in with the new colours and the new look.  I replaced the glass with plain glass.  I cut my own fleur de lis and frosted all around it.




The green pattern you see on the bottom shelf is just a couple of grass placemats placed in there to give it some colour. 
The two outer drawers were lined with pretty paper.  The middle drawer had red felt that was in great condition and just required a little cleaning.


The bottom cupboards were painted and provide a lot of extra storage.

Well, there ya have it.
All fresh and pretty !





33 comments:

  1. My kind of piece...looks gorgeous, and I love that you glazed it. I'm crushing on this in a serious way...

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  2. Beautiful. I love white with glaze. Ralph Lauren smoke glaze and I are bestest friends. :)

    tammy

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  3. This looks great! SO unique. I LOVE the silver tray/chalkboard. I want to copy that. =)
    Love your ideas.

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  4. What a great transformation. It doesn't look like the same piece. I like what you did with the glass.

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  5. I love what you did with it! I don't think I would have seen much potential in that, and I know I wouldn't have had the ambition!

    Also, I love the music with this blog. I just added most of your songs to a new playlist to play for my massage clients (I do massage in my house) Thanks for all of the inspiration :)

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  6. holy cow woman! you never cease to amaze me!!! That turned out so fabulous!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!

    WOW!

    Shellagh

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  7. What kind of glaze did you use? Did you rub it on the wipe off? The piece looks so so so good!!!

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  8. Lisa,
    I love all your wonderful projects. Your painting is wonderful. Can you tell me where you get the letters for your wood blocks that you have been covering with scapbooking paper. Blessings...Sherry

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love what you did with it, especially those fleur de lis! Great job!

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  10. I just love how that cabinet turned out! I love the frosted windows and the fleur de lis!

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  11. Beautiful transformation! Love the subtle creamy color and the glass turned out great!

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  12. what a great piece of furniture - i love what you did with it:)

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  13. This piece turned out absolutely beautiful! I would love to know what kind and color glaze you used. Gorgeous!

    L J

    ljconnealy@yahoo.com

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  14. Lisa, I just found your blog and of course, I love it! I am a follower!

    Congrats on the features!

    Awesome talent!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  15. That is a beautiful piece of furniture, and you did a great job restoring it to show off its beauty! Thanks for commenting on my blog :-)

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  16. Gorgeous piece! You did an awesome job - I LOVE it!

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  17. Gasp! This is totally incredible! Love all the special touches and the frosted glass!

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  18. Cool! You did a great job and I LOVE the transformation!
    robinpich.blogspot.com

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  19. That cabinet was so cool to being with and you really took it up to the next level. I love the frosted glass and the color your chose. It really looks great! Thanks for linking up!

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  20. Hi, Lisa! I will admit, when I first saw your before photo i thought 'what couls she have done with this?" But WOW!!! This is quite the transformation!! Seriously!! I LOVE this!!! You did a fab job!!!! I think I might have to change the way I look at Art Deco!!!!!

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  21. Ha! I just saw a type-o in my comment from November. I hate that. Anyway, I'm glad you shared this again. That cabinet is so unique and was worth saving. You really treated it right!

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  22. Wow! I think you did a wonderful job accomplishing the look of old without it looking beat up. Great job.

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  23. Nice! Great color and it looks like it's going to be very useful! Great job!

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  24. Hi Lisa...

    Ohhh...I love, love, LOVE your gorgeous cabinet!!! You're right, it really was pretty...even in it's "before" state! Really a unique piece but I do understand that it's very difficult to save veneering when it goes bad. Love that you chose to paint it a lovely creamy white and then add an antiquing glaze...it's perfect!!! The frosted fleur de lis glass...beautiful!!! And...one of my favorite things about this piece...that gorgeous ornate design between the upper cabinet doors...I love that!!! Ohhh my...I could really use a pretty cabinet just like this at my house...it would be great for extra dish storage!!! You did real GOOD on this project, Lisa!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites! I really enjoy anything to do with furniture refinishing! What a treat!!!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  25. What a fabulous piece, you did a great job!~

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  26. Hello...

    Ohhh...I remember this post! This beautiful cabinet and it's gorgeous makeover made quite the impression on me! I love all that pretty inlaid wood but what do you do when it can't be repaired! I love the finish that you did on this pretty piece! It's sooo beautiful with your pretties in it!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this great post with us for Sunday Favorites, my friend! I do apologize for being so late to get by for a visit...it's been really hectic here for the last couple of days! Again...thanks for participating with us for Sunday Favorites...hope that you'll join in again!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  30. thats pretty dramatic, it looks really really good,

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