I have had this cabinet sitting around in the shed for years. When I first purchased it I had plans that it would go into our nursery, so I left it sitting around until it was time. That time just never happened so I decided to give it the makeover it deserved and send it off to a new home. I bought this from the original owner who had it custom made for her children’s nursery and then her daughter used it in her home, until it was not needed anymore. It had seen better days, the paint was flaking off the wicker, the handles to me just didn’t fit the purpose of this piece and inside the domed top was stained and quite disgusting upholstery. It needed a bit of work to make it usable again.
What really drew me to this cabinet (for want of a better word, not really sure what to call it as I have never seen anything quite like it before) was the domed top, I love that it was upholstered on the inside and just looked like a lovely place to hold all those treasured baby mementoes. When I peeled off the old upholstery I had found the original maker had left his name and date inside (before sealing it up I also left my name and the date, just for posterity) which dated the piece as made in the 1960’s. It is kind of cool seeing something that has been covered for years and becoming part of the history of this piece. After removing the hardware and upholstery and making repairs I painted it with MMSMP in Grain Sack which as you know is my favourite neutral. I then reupholstered the dome with similar style fabric but in white and added chrome upholstery tacks which would tie in with the hardware that I chose from D.Lawless Hardware. I wanted to add colour to the piece without actually painting it a colour so these Mint Green Milk Glass Handles and Knob allowed me to keep this a gender neutral piece and kept with the vintage quality of the cabinet that I really wanted to accentuate. The final touch was to paint the little wreath detail a matching mint green as I really wanted to make this stand out. I mixed a custom colour using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes and Old White with a little bit of turquoise acrylic paint added, I got as close to the colour of the handles as I could. I also painted the inside of the drawers in this custom mint colour. When mixing custom colours ALWAYS mix way more than you need because if you run out there is a slim chance you will be able to get an exact match again.
I styled it as a little girls room but it could just as easily work in a boys room.
I love that I was able to give this a new life, I think it now has that classic vintage look and I cannot wait to meet the person who will give it a new home, I hope that it will be treasured for years by its new family as it was by its original family. I love the idea of furniture that has been treasured for generations, do you have anything in your home that has been passed down to you? I have a few smaller items but nothing quite as special as this.
Compensation for this post was made by D Lawless Hardware. All opinions expressed here are my own.