Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Harlequin Love

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One of my favorite pieces in my home is this antique china cabinet I got last year at a barn sale.


I literally pulled it out of some guy's barn.
And with hubby's help, I transformed her into this.
You can read about the complete transformation here, including how I added toile fabric to the back of the inside.
I got the idea to add a harlequin design after seeing lots of great furniture transformations in blogland.



Thanks to Tracy at Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures for giving me the 411 on how to go about stenciling.
I purchased a harlequin stencil online at Tracy's suggestion and I'm so glad I did, because my attempts at creating my own stencil were a complete failure!

I first mixed a combination of acrylic paints to get a lighter sage on the panels first.  Then went over the stencil with just the sage for a tone-on-tone look.

I then went over the panels with a dark walnut stain and quickly wiped off the excess.  The last step was a clear wax to lighten the dark stain.

For the bottom I just used the straight sage paint  and stained then sanded a good portion of it to lighten it up and give it a worn look, followed by the clear wax.


I think she looks special now and I'm so happy with the change!

The stencil was purchased on Ebay from Stencils By Joanie.   I thought the prices were very reasonable.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your week!
xoxo,
Kim








36 comments:

Rebecca said...

Never seen a cabinet I love more than mine. I'm over the moon crazy about the one I have but your little sweetie takes the cake. Gorgeous!

xoRebecca

Christie said...

Wow! What a transformation! The stencil and harlequin pattern really is the icing on the cake for this beauty!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

It looks great and I love the pattern on it! Goes so well in that room!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Kim, and you know I'm a nut for Harlequin! I also like that you brought the color down to the front pieces. It ties it together nicely. What a long way that piece has come!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Kim, that turned out fabulous!! I just love it to pieces.

I have that same harlequin stencil, that I want to use on a table top.
Hugs,
Penny

Regina from The Queenly Abode said...

Hi Kim, what a beautiful job you have done on the cabinet....love it!
have a great day,
Regina

Marigene said...

Beautiful, Kim!

Sylvia said...

Wow...you are brave, I have several pieces like that but can't seem to paint them...lol

It turned out absolutely gorgeous...all the detail really stands out. Great job!!

Sylvia

Kimberly said...

I love this!

Sue said...

It turned out great, Kim. You really added a lot of character to this great piece.
Have a great day.
Sue

Jemsmom said...

Wow!!! That just takes it to the next level! Gorgeous!

Shelia said...

Hi Kim! What a lovely cabinet and love how you've redone her! Love the toile fabric in the background and the little checks! You're so good.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

It's just beautiful!

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...this is really pretty, Kim! You did a great job! I love the transformation!

XO,
Jane

Michele Smith said...

What a great barn find!
I adore harlequin anything and your china cabinet came out just beautifully.

Darlene said...

That is amazing how much that changed the look! LOVE IT!!

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a gorgeous cabinet! Great transformation.

Linda said...

Kim, Wow - that is beautiful! Does'nt it make you feel sooo good when you can stand back and admire what you've accomplished! I'm impressed. TT u later.
Blessings, L

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kim, I love it. Love the harlequin design. Thanks for joining the party.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So pretty - great job !! I have a plain jane cabinet and keep thinking I will do something with it, but that has not happened.

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Very nice job, Kim!!! Love the sage on the cabinet.
Deb

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

I agree I think she's got her own special look...I liked her white...like her even better now. Trish

Tiff said...

That piece looks AMAZING! I love it! It looks totally transformed! You have done a wonderful job! X

emmalina.lolly said...

That looks gorgeous! Really love the design

MessyMissy said...

What a beautiful piece. How lucky for you to have found it!!!! Took a lot of guts to revamp it and it turned out fantastic!! I love it.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

That is an amazing transformation and I LOVE harlequin anything. It really looks great on this piece. Great job on it!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh my!! What a beauty!! She looks amazing in her white paint and the harlequins are a perfect touch- love it! Would love for you to link this up at Feathered Nest Friday sometime too~ it's gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

You are just soooo lucky that piece wouldn't fit into my huge purse or suitcase or I might just relieve you of it! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! You did an awesome job!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Deneen said...

This really is an awesome piece! You did a great job!
dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

xinex said...

It is so beautiful, Kim. You did a great job!...Christine

Gail said...

The toille fabric and harlequin pattern take this cabinet from pretty to ooohlala pretty.

At The Picket Fence said...

Kim! That is absolutely beyond gorgeous! You truly did a fantastic job and it looks just lovely. Thanks so much for linking "her" up to Inspiration Friday this week! :-)
Vanessa

KerrieLynn said...

I love this transformation....I need to go look through some barns! I found you through the Super Stalker Sunday Blog Hop and am your newest follower. I am following you on your GFC. If you get a chance stop over and check out my “Cupboard”…..hope to see you soon!

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ohiofarmgirl said...

I love the white...it is great. I am slowly transforming my home to shades of white...love it. Dianntha

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kim, What a beautiful transformation! I love the toile fabric and the harlequin pattern you added. Thanks for linking up to my party.
Hugs,
Sherry

clustres said...

Kim, once again you have done a fabulous job! Love harlequin and especially in the soft shades! I can see I am going to have to take some time and go backwards on your blog to see all your stuff!
Pam