Monday, 19 May 2014

Treasure Chest - Chinese Cabinet painted with grey and red chalk paint

You can't beat the beauty of well-made vintage and antique furniture.

This antique Chinese cabinet is a treasure.  It might not look like much from the outside, but it has some wonderful features.

I went shabby, shabby SHABBY with this cabinet - there's antique gold gilding around the tops of the drawers and across the hardware.

The doors are hinged so they can be lifted off to create an open cupboard.

When they are dropped in place, the doors close and there's a small bar for a padlock.

I kept things simple and painted the outside with Autentico's light grey - Foggy Venice chalk paint.  I went to work with some fine sandpaper and highlighted all the shape within this piece.

Then 'tra-laaaa' open the doors to a stunning shabby red...

The outside has had lots of clear wax polished into the chalk paint, while the inside has received a couple of coats of wax varnish... ready to roll :-)