Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Blog, Chalk Paint, Painting Furniture | 44 comments

Before & After China Cabinet Painted w Annie Sloans Chalk PaintLast year a lady contacted me in response to a Painted China Cabinet I had posted for sale online. Unfortunately, she was 2 hours too late because it had JUST been sold.

Her name is Marija, and once we started chatting, I immediately liked her style. She has great taste, knows what she wants, yet doesn’t spend a fortune to get it… my kind of girl!

She asked me, “If I was to find a similar china cabinet, would you custom paint it for me?” My response – YES!, YES!, YES!, … I L-O-V-E painting these detailed pieces!!

A few months later,  Marija finds this jewel of a Cabinet and a Vintage Victorian Bed online and commissions me to custom paint both to compliment her decor.

I painted this cabinet in 2 tones for a clean neutral look.  We chose Annie Sloan’s ‘Country Grey’ for the exterior, and ‘Old White’ for the interior and drawer.  A light distressing highlights the details and it’s been sealed and protected with CeCe Caldwells All Natural Clear Wax.


Annie Sloan's Chalk Painted China Cabinet


An interesting twist to this story. Carole at Toronto Shabby Chic was the one who purchased my original china cabinet… and she also paints and sells furniture. By sheer coincidence, Marija went to purchase a piece from Carole’s home.  Facing her from across the room… you guessed it… the original china cabinet she had wanted to purchase a few months earlier!  Here’s an excerpt from an email Marija sent me that evening.

…what a small world. I found some frames on kijiji that I wanted to buy and as I’m walking into that house, I see a beautiful china cabinet (the one that I missed by minutes) that you refinished. I couldn’t believe my eyes, so I had to laugh and ask them if they purchased it from you and sure enough, they did!

There you have it, it really IS a small world!

Oh, and by the way, if you’re into Shabby Chic, drop on by Carole’s FaceBook page to say “hello”… and please give her a BIG hello from Denise. 😉

To Marija, if you’re reading this, it was a pleasure painting your cabinet… and so nice meeting you, David and the boys! If you’re ever in the area… coffee is on me!

I’ll leave you with a few more pics and have a marvelous day!


China  Cabinet Painted w Annie Sloans Chalk Paint


China  Cabinet Painted w Annie Sloans Chalk Paint


China  Cabinet Painted w Annie Sloans Chalk Paint