French Linen China Cabinet {Asheville Furniture Painter}

Just finished this 1930’s vintage mahogany china cabinet in French Linen with clear and dark wax.
I love to paint dark pieces of furniture, especially mahogany, because when you sand the chalk paint back there is such a contrast with the wood and paint.
The detailing of the furniture really shows through.

Vintage Stock furniture French linen chalk paint (1)

I have also learned to shellac these pieces because if you don’t the red tannins will bleed through.




Vintage Stock furniture French linen chalk paint (3)

French Linen has  become a favorite of mine lately.
It does help that gray is a hot seller right not.
After sanding china cabinet for over an hour to get the surface really smooth I waxed with a mix of dark and clear wax.
Even though I love working with Annie Sloan waxes and paint I am not a purist.  I have been using Johnson’s Past Wax and mixing it with ASCP Dark Wax lately and I kinda like the results. The bonus is that it is not nearly as expensive.

Vintage Stock furniture French linen chalk paint (5)

Fortunately this piece had all the original hardware and the scroll work on the glass doors was in excellent condition. This is a good thing, because honestly,  the scroll work is a PAIN in the rear to paint.

Vintage Stock furniture French linen chalk paint (9)

To add more character to the finish I used a small paint brush to paint dark wax into all the corners and crevices.
Vintage Stock furniture French linen chalk paint (11)Vintage Stock furniture French linen chalk paint (7)Vintage Stock furniture French linen chalk paint (6)

Hope you enjoy it.

Vintage Dressing Table

Seriously, I found it on the side of the road.

Bob, Sophia and I were driving down the road after leaving the Goodwill and there it was, SITTING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!

I asked Bob to stop but he wouldn’t.  Could not believe that he was not stopping. I started to break out in a sweat. How could he keep going. How could he not pull over. WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM!

All I could think of was “how am I going to get home, drop them off and get back to it before it was gone.” 

We stopped at Advance Auto and I almost drove off and left him there to go check on it. When he got in the car and I told him to go back to the dressing table. Of course I got the roll of the eyes from both of them.

We pulled up and it was PERFECT.
OK, so I will clarify sitting on the side of the road.
Someone was sitting in their truck with this on the side of the road selling it.
Excuse the crappy iPhone photo.

And after a coat of Old White and Clear Wax here she is.

With Antoinette on the inside of the drawers.

I always wanted one of these when I was a little girl.

With pretty little glass knobs!

So cute!

Also I have started a Facebook site for Need A Latte Mom’s Painted Furniture….I would LOVE IT if you would start following me.

There is a button on the top of the blog.

Until next time…..


Lnking up to:

Between Naps on The Porch

Buffet Before and After

Boy I sure have not started the new year with a bang. I just noticed that it has been  2 weeks since I last posted. 
I do have a slew of excuses, do you want to hear them?
I didn’t think so.

December was pretty slow for furniture but the minute that ball dropped, things started to pick up.

The piece that I just finished is a buffet that a client has purchased a while ago. When they started to decorate their home realized that it just was not going to go with their design plan.

To make it work they decided to have it painted.

This is the server before being painted.
Of course I had started taking the hardware off and realized that I had forgotten to take a picture.
I always do that.

This is the after shot. Hard to figure that out I know.

I cleaned it with Dirt X to remove any residue that was left on the surface and to give it a good cleaning.

Gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.

I then sanded it with a fine grit sanding block. to smooth out the brush strokes of the paint and distress the high spots of the server. I sand before. I find it easier.

Boy there are a lot of  “I’s” in this post.
Oh, well.

The cherry color of the would underneath really shows off the detailing of the wood. Love that.

I then covered it completely in Dark Wax.
Doing small areas at a time and buffing it as I went along.  Waiting too long to buff the dark wax makes it very difficult to get off. Whenever I get half way through a job like this is when I really wish I had a drill attachment to buff.
It honestly wears you out.

I then polished the hardware very lightly with Bar Keepers. Not a lot because I still wanted some of the dark in the crevices.

I really like how it looks and it is wonderful in their dining room.

Now to get the china cabinet done.