TODAY, I HAVE A SPRING INSPIRED CURB SHOPPED BEFORE AND AFTER ALONG WITH TIME-SAVING TIPS AND COLOR ADVICE!
Hi, sweet #sifamily. Thanks for joining me today. For all of you who subscribe to the #siblog and received last week’s email, my apologies. I had my Furniture Fixer Upper weeks all mixed up. I said I’d be posting last Thursday but it’s actually this Thursday. I think the freezing temps have my brain in a deep freeze. I hope you can join this week. 🙂
For today, I have a spring-inspired curb-shopped before and after along with time-saving tips and some color advice!
I wish I could take credit for finding this china-cabinet but it was my sister Andrea and brother-in-law who scooped this up roadside.
Here’s the pic my sister texted asking if I was interested…
And here’s the spring-inspired Cosmic Roses after… what do you think?
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- China Cabinet – SALVAGED
- Paint Brushes
- Sandpaper | Shop Towels
- Water Misting Spray Bottle
- Slick Stick
- BOSS Primer
- Palmetto Green
- Kudzu Green
- Cosmic Roses Transfer
- Clear Wax
PICKING COLORS – GO WITH YOUR GUT!
I remember when I was a kid, my Mum had this saying “blue and green should never be seen”. When I asked her why she explained it was just a longstanding color rule.
This old fashion rule may not still apply, but it brings up a good point. Many of us have been taught to think there’s a right and wrong when choosing colors.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked – what colors should I use? My response is always the same and couldn’t be more straight forward and simple. Color is a personal preference. What I might like could be a color combo you hate or vice-versa. Follow your heart and your own instincts and use colors YOU love!
The best part about painting furniture is anything goes.
Cosmic Roses was my inspiration for this makeover. I went with my gut on this one and pulled in a variety of greens from this floral transfer. The entire time I was painting, I kept thinking blue and green should never be seen with a big smile on my face.
After giving this piece a thorough cleaning with TSP, I used Slick Stick to avoid sanding and BOSS to cover any bleedthrough.
It’s my guess the previous owners were repairing the wobbly legs when the glass busted out… at least that’s the story in my head. hehe Then rather than buy new glass, they put it to the curb. This was an interesting way of repairing wobbly legs – but definitely efficient. They are solid now. To blend everything together, the entire back was painted Palmetto.
Here are some progress pics. I started with this gorgeous Palmetto Green on the legs and bottom.
Then added this Kudzo Green.
And finally, this Limeade – a cheerful bright yellow/green.
Once I had my three base colors down, the second coat was all about blending. If you’d like to learn my blending technique you can check it out on my Youtube here.
Time Saving TIP~ A time-saving tip when painting pieces with glass or mirror, is painting over the glass and cleaning the excess paint off with a glass scraper like this one here. So long as the blade is sharp, once the paint has dried, the paint scrapes off super easy.
Once the china cabinet was painted, I added ReDesign with Primas Cosmic Roses furniture transfer.
To seal and protect, I used this clear wax.
The last details were highlighted in gold with Eternal Decor Wax. This is one of my favorite gold waxes to use on hardware!
I’m kind of kicking myself that I installed the glass before painting because I always forget how challenging it is to photograph a cabinet with glass all around it. The reflections in the glass are near impossible to get around. If any of you have any photography tips and tricks to help me out with this I’d love to hear.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS PAINTED CHINA CABINET… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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Now I want that transfer! It is not being produced anymore. I am painting a little mirrored commode a soft yellow & I am determined to find that transfer! I love everything you do! Wish me luck and fingers crossed!
There are only 4 left here but I found the Cosmic Roses Transfer for you HERE Carol! 🙂
So beautiful on its own. Doesn’t need a thing in it. It really is cosmic, as in out of this world!
Awww, I love this, thank Ruth!!!💕
This piece is absolutely beautiful. Great job.
Thanks so much Jo!
Such spring happiness !! It’s amazing how you so gently blended these colors together 🙂
I will be reading your blending tips for sure.
So happy your sister claimed this artwork.
As someone else mentioned – you really should sign all your beautiful artworks !!!!
Thanks so much for sharing.
I hope the blending tip help and inspires you and thanks SO MUCH P! XOXO
Susan McConnell says
Not MY color palette, but you did a STUNNING JOB!!! Knocked it out of park, as usual!!! Your work is always so perfect!!!! 🥰
Awww, thanks so much Susan! XOXO
Tricia Bartolucci says
Really a stunning artistic piece. I’ve always enjoyed blues & Greens together…just like the sky and plants. That piece would change an entire room. I love vibrant colors send beautifully together, just as you’ve done with that piece. You should leave e a photo of the piece for the people who trashed it.!
Aw, thanks so much, Tricia! My sister loved this piece so much it’s living in her home!
Oh, how I remember my mom drilling that into me when I was a teenager and liked to be expressive with my clothing choices. LOL Absolutely stunning makeover, Denise. The colors are gorgeous together and such a beautiful transfer to tie them all together. If only the previous owners could see their discarded cabinet now.
Were you one of those funky dressing teens Marie??…lol 😉 Ya, Do was saying we should drop the finished/restyled pieces back on the previous owner’s porch…lol…wouldn’t that be a shocker. XOXO
Migdalia santiago says
This piece is beautiful and your choice of colors are amazing. Thank you for sharing with us.
My pleasure and thanks Migdalia! x
Jule Swartz says
Where did you get the glass to replace?
Hi Julie! I ordered the replacement glass from Home Depot in Waterdown. Super inexpensive — under $30. 🙂
Another inspiring makeover. A work of art and the blue and green look beyond beautiful together! ~ Nicki
Thanks, Nicki! I’m loving the blue and green too. 😉
Mary W says
Feels like I’m seeing something completely different than ever before and I LOVE it. This will the be centerpiece of any room that is lucky enough for it to be living in. BRAVO!
Thanks so much, Mary! I think they look very different too. 🙂
P.S. You had me from the photo where you’d just blended the colours! How gorgeous they are flowing together like that!
Thanks! Well, I’m glad you hung in there to see the blended photo… I know the first few look pretty scary. lol
I love it when people break all the “rules!”
Who makes all that stuff up anyway, and who says we have to follow them? Who doesn’t love the right combination of blues and greens?
Your transformation is creative and unique, and will bring so much joy to whoever acquires it!
You should sign your name on this one!!!
Hi Janina! I have NO idea where these color rules come from… lol. Thanks so much! XOXO
Karolyn Love says
Took my breath away when I saw this! It is an absolutely, GORGEOUS, artistic piece that I would have in my home in a minute!! What a very special piece of furniture you have created with those colors!! Just stunning, STUNNING!!! Thank you so very much for sharing your technique on You Tube and already know what I am going to try this on. But, most of all, thank you for sharing this Masterpiece of a cabinet!! (Lol, can you sense that I’m crazy about this!!)
Yup, I’m guessing you like this one Karolyn! 😉 hehe Thanks so very much! XOXO
Liz Shivel says
Hi Denise, this is a beautiful piece of furniture that you’re turned into a spring delight! I watched your blending video, altho I’ll watch it again. The cosmic roses transfer is lovely. Great job!! Thanks!
Hi Liz, thank you! And glad you like the blending video. 🙂
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Denise. Your color choices are brave and beautiful! You have a great eye for color. What a great piece to find on the curb. Stunning!
Thanks, Cheryl! 🙂
Cecilia from Georgia says
This cabinet is stunning! Your choice of colors is perfect with the Cosmic Roses! I don’t think any other color combination would look nearly as good. I love the blending technique and your video tutorial is great. Thanks for providing such a wonderful inspiration for using “NO NO” colors!
Thanks, Cecilia! And so glad you found the blending technique and video tutorial helpful!!! Have a super day my friend. XO
Myra Smith says
All I can say is WOW! Gorgeous
Thanks so much Myra! 🙂
You are such a talent Denise. I’ll tell you what my eye kept going back to – those gorgeous boots. Wish I could find them here in Australia. The whole project was an absolutely amazing transformation. Best wishes.
Thanks, Suzanne! And yes… I LOVE my boots. They are SO comfy hehe. Waterproof and felt-lined. Perfect for cold, wet or muddy gardening weather here in Canada. 😉
Joanne H. says
Another beautiful piece. The blending of the greens and the floral blues are gorgeous together.
Thank you Joanne! 🙂
Jackie Cooley says
Took my breath away!! I’t’s absolutely stunning and looks like a lot of work but so well worth it! Just received another order from Dixie Belle!!
Thanks so much Jackie… and YAYYY! Enjoy your paints! XO
Judy Reed says
About the Blue Green story….think of the primary colors on a Peacock’s feathers…and how beautiful they are. Yup, I agree with every last comment….you really knocked this one out of the park and half way to the moon! Love,love,love it. Great Job! As Always. ~J~
YES! I never thought about Peacocks feathers!!… so gorgeous! Anyway, thanks so much, Judy. You’re always so encouraging. 🙂
Oh Denise… You have outdone yourself with this one!
I was on the fence about this transfer, but you really gave it life! The color choices are absolutely perfect, as well as your staging. I would absolutely try this transfer now, but with your color choices!
Thanks so much, Melanie… I’m glad it’s sparked some ideas for you! This Cosmic Roses transfer is absolutely stunning. And huge! I still have some ‘leftovers’ so it can easily be used for 2 or 3 projects.
Olivia M. Medina says
This is beautiful as always. Love the color combo!
Thanks Olivia! xo
Virda hall says
This is beautiful!
Thank you Virda! x
Your ombre blending of the greens is sheer genius! I am so over everyone using white, chalky chippy paint as a restoration method. This is not just restoration, you have created art!
Oh, Kathy THANK YOU! This just made my day! 🙂
I love the color combinations. I don’t know that I would have chosen them, but it looks beautiful! You have a great vision for your pieces!
Thanks, Kathy! And oddly enough, if I had paid for this china cabinet, I may not have chosen this color combination either. I always feel a little more ‘adventurous’ with curb-shopped pieces. 🙂
Sara K Goetsch says
Every time I think you can’t possibly top what you’ve done …you continue to amaze & inspire!
Aw, thank you Sara!!! XO
Love it! Did you do something different to the trim pieces on the bottom?
Thanks, Barb! Yes! I added a little of the Eternal Gilding wax to create a little highlighting. 🙂
Luann Carnahan says
That is absolutely stunning. You are very talented.
Thank you, Luann! 🙂
That China cabinet is gorgeous! The colors the transfers everything is beautiful.
Great work, Denise.
Thanks, Cecile! XO
WOW! Another stunning makeover. Your creative vision is amazing. Thanks for sharing once again. It is so appreciated.
Aw, thanks, Sharon! Much appreciated. XOXO
Angeline Revitt says
I absolutely love this Denise!
I love all your work, but this piece is truly beautiful. I’m full of inspiration for a couple of my pieces. Thank you Annie
Hi Annie! Thank YOU! And I’m so happy it’s sparked a few ideas for your pieces. 🙂
I love it! The colors are gorgeous. Great j9n Denise!
Hi Sue! thanks! I’m loving these greens blended together too. x
Carol Shelleman says
Another hit out of the ballpark! You are such an inspiration. I always eagerly await your next project. I love that you don’t play it safe and rinse-and-repeat the same basic stuff over and over. I love, love the transfers and the way you use them. These paint colors and the blending are perfect. Well-staged, too. Kudos on a great job and thanks for sharing your amazing talent!
Thank you so much, Carol!! 🙂
Hope Williams says
I really love how this turned out! The colors are colors that I love, but I would not have thought to put them together. Look at what I missed out on…gorgeous piece!
Enjoy a job well done!
Hi Hope! Thanks so much… so glad you like it! 🙂
Jane Greene says
Simply Breathtaking!!! Your eye for color and design is amazing. It’s always like Christmas morning when I open your blog in the early hours of the day 🙂
Aw, thanks, Jane! You just put a huge smile on face!!! 😀
Milissa DeMaris says
Beautiful and I enjoyed the blue/green story very much.
Thanks so much, Milissa! I love the way you spell your name btw… I’ve never seen this before! 🙂
Janet Mogensen says
Wow… all around:color, blending, free find!! I’m in love with the adding of the images and would never have thought to go so many inside… but wow spring has arrived and moved in permanently in this lovely China hutch❤️
Thanks so much, Janet! This was my first time adding such a large transfer onto the back of a china cabinet. Free finds are always my favorite pieces to work on. I always seem to feel a little more at liberty to ‘play’ around with them and try new things. 🙂
Do Dodson says
Girl! What a beautiful color combination. I feel Spring right around the corner. Great save my friend! I often wonder what the owners of said piece would say if it magically appeared back on their porch. 😜 One day, I’m just might try this. xo, Do
Could you imagine?…wouldn’t that be hilarious! Do, do it…lol 😉
Suzy B says
Tell me about the shelving…in the original salvage photo it didn’t look like there were any shelves at all. Did your darling husband make those per your specs? And they appear to have grooves toward the back, perhaps to display plates? Also, how were the shelves installed? Did you put only a wax top coat on those or something else more protective?
Thank you, as usual, for all you give so generously to your online DIY community: we are so grateful for all we learn from you; you greatly inspire us and we love you big big BIG!!!💕
Thank YOU and I luv you BIG Suzy! Like I always say, this wouldn’t be any fun without you. Sharing and hopefully inspiring is where I get the most joy and satisfaction. 🙂 As for the shelves, they are original to the piece and held up by bracket pegs. They were buried under all that broken glass. The inside and out has been clear waxed for protection which is more than sufficient for a china cabinet since they’re not high traffic.
Thanks Marie! XOXO
What!? Blue and green should never be seen!? That’s one I’ve never heard (luckily) 😝 I use blue and green together all the time! It’s one of my favourite combinations, my entire open-plan living room/kitchen/dining room is in blues and greens! Gorgeous piece Denise! You’ve proved that one at least of those “rules” of yesteryear robbed an entire generation of some really beautiful things.
Thanks so much and I love the sounds of your home decor, Jenna! 😉
OMGosh!! That is drop=dead gorgeous!! What a great job you did..
Thanks Cate!!! XOXO
You have outdone yourself!! It looks beautiful!
Thanks, Patricia! XOXO
Cathy Bizri says
Absolutely the most beautiful make over I have ever seen. Love the colors…
Thank YOU, Cathy!!! 🙂
literally took my breath away. HOLY COW gorgeous! BTW I have never heard the blue/green rhyme, I LOVE them together!!
Hi Kira! Thanks SOOO much! And I’m guessing you might be too young to have heard it. 😉
Hi Denise. WOW! I AM IN LOVE! This china cabinet is so cheerful, updated, and just plain GORGEOUS! You really have a talent for color blending. My Mother also used to say “Blue and green should never be seen.” I believed her…until now. Thank you for sharing and opening my mind to new color combinations I never would have imagined go together.
Thanks my friend! And ya, I guess it was a well-known ‘color rule’ back in the day but I love the blue and green combo! Mother nature has every color in the book all side by side so I often wonder why we worry so much about what colors go with what. 🙂