I was so excited to ask Kristine from The Painted Hive if she wanted to “swap blogs” for a day…I LOVE her style and always click away when I see she’s written a new post. I’m sure you remember her fab living room I featured last week! It’s an honor to have her over…hope you enjoy meeting her!!**

I didn’t need to ponder for too long about what type of post I would choose for this blog swap with Shaunna. If I know anything about her it’s that, like me, she loves a good furniture before and after!
So, here’s the before (not my photo):
Lovely, isn’t she? No?
I found this cabinet for $10 and brought it home straight away in all its yellow infused, spider hording glory – it seemed to have become a temporary insectarium towards the end of its former life!
It was a classic blackwood deco cabinet which had clearly seen better days though I had a plan….
At first I kinda wanted to strip the WHOLE thing back and go all purist on it though then I came to my senses. There was layer upon layer of paint under that yellow mask. I decided instead to go with my ‘farmhouse chic’ vision.
After a general clean up and all over sand, I stripped the top only, attached some appliques I already had to the doors then painted the base in cool white before distressing and finishing with a glaze and sealer.
I stained the top walnut, to contrast with the white base and pick up on the brown glaze, then finished it with two coats of danish oil for a natural soft lustre in keeping with the rustic feel of the old timber.
Lastly, I added some aged nickel hardware and voila, a ‘new’ cabinet is born!
I so hope you enjoyed reading my little post and that it’s perhaps stirred-up some inspiration!
If you haven’t stopped by my blog, drop in anytime! Thanks for having me, Shaunna!
Thanks for coming over, Kristine, and you guys should check her out too!
Have a lovely weekend…off to visit family.  Not sure about the internet situation.  Catch you on the flip side.
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