Monday, February 20, 2012

Painted Library Cupboard

I love old vintage linen cupboards and china cabinets
especially when they are painted.


Ones with tall and stately lines...
ones with shabby chippy sweetness...
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Ones with glass paned doors or old chicken wire inserts
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Love them.
Old cupboards are perfect for displaying books, treasures or photos.

I have a vintage china cabinet that was my grandmothers and she gave it to me about 15 years ago
 but kept it at her house and used it to hold her mothers china and wine glasses.
It is not an antique antique-  it is probably from sometime in the 1970's
It's lines are simple, beautiful and classic though the finish wasn't perfect.

  I was inspired by so many painted cupboards I have seen out there in design books or blogs
and I was especially inspired by the beautiful cupboard that Brooke Giannetti- Velvet and Linen -
has in her office.
 Ohhh... I LOVE it!


The more I thought about my grandmothers cabinet the more I kept thinking that it would look beautiful
in a coat of shabby paint.


Softer. Lighter.
 More like some of those antique cupboards I love.
It would be perfect to hold oodles of books in the living room, silver and china in the kitchen
or even fabrics and bits in the office.


So I grabbed a couple cans of chalk paint, put Pandora on my Ipod and painted away.


I wasn't 100% loving how dark it was coming out with the first coat of paint
so I then layered another coat of paint on it again with Coco mixed with right off
the hardware store shelf White.
It created a very pale shabby grey... which I am loving!


I wanted a lighter look on the interior so chose ASCP Country Grey and left the tops of the shelves dark.
Some of the finish came out a bit streaky and splotchy... which I have noticed with chalk paint
and for the most part it doesn't bother me.


I love that the doors open all the way ~ so many possibilities for displays.
  A little stick house my daughter built for a school project, a chunky reproduction pediment and starfish finish
the display inside and an antique baby basket filled with hydrangeas fit perfectly on the top.
The books are all turned backwards and are mostly antique books I have collected for various reasons.
 I love the old curled darkened ruffled edges, worn corners and gilded pages showing.

(Had to get a photo of little Miss Bella sitting in her favorite spot to look out the window)
:)

I'm kind of loving where the cupboard where it is right now
 but not sure it is staying there yet ~ I have another spot in mind too.
Things are always moving  from room to room over here.


I've been busy working away on finishing up the bathroom re-do
will be sharing it's refreshed and remodeled look soon!
Hope you are having a fantastic long weekend!!



95 comments:

  1. Beautiful piece! I love the library look of the hutch in the room. Thanks for the info on the paint layers. Linda

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  2. Oh how fabulous it looks now! Love the grey.

    xox

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  3. Courtney, I love it. It looks so good. That is the way chalk paint is supposed to do. It is to create imperfect worn old finishes like European antiques. So yours looks perfect.

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  4. pure and utter gorgeousness! Makes me want to run out and find some old cupboards to paint. Amazing as always Courtney!

    Heather

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  5. Very inspiring. Love the white so peaceful

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  6. What a pretty cabinet! Look at those rounded drawer fronts! The whole thing looks perfect there with those chairs.

    xo

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  7. Simply beautiful Courtney!! I have always wanted to have a large cupboard like that full of books!
    Hope you have a wonderful week.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  8. What a great cabinet, Courtney! Love the colors! Your chairs look wonderful in front of them, too. Love the basket with flowers on top ~ such a nice touch and it fills that area between the cabinet top and ceiling.

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  9. It is absolutley fabulous!! And so is your photography!!!

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  10. Could you tell what brand of chalk paint you used? It looks very lovely!

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  11. That cabinet looks gorgeous with those books inside.I love the soft look of the paint.

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  12. Just beautiful, Courtney! Love all the books inside, and your chairs age wonderful!

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  13. It looks beautiful! Love the grey! Love it with the books displayed inside! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wow I love how you turned the books the other way.

    I am now following you on Linky Follower. I found this lovely post from my Google reader.

    Http://mommieagain.com

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  15. Favoloso Courtney! I did pin it from you post under WHITE. Love it. Have a wonderful creative week. Ciao Rita

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  16. Hello, Sweetie! I love how you painted the cupboard. It is stunning, and I love what is stored inside...so pretty...

    I think Brooke's office is so lovely, and I love where it is located in her house. I know she will have something equally pretty @ Patina Farm.

    xo,
    RJ

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  17. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! The cabinet looks so gorgeous....love the color,and the books, and those chairs...well everything!!!! Really stunning!!!!
    ~Des

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  18. Courtney your pictures are always so inspirational! I love it all. I hope that maybe one day you will share how to make your awesome chair seat covers!

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  19. The color of the hutch is stunning.

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  20. Courtney it's gorgeous! I just bought a huge china cabinet like this one and am planning to paint it a distressed shabby gray, thanks for sharing your color combos. I am planning to use mine for dishes/kitchen goodies, but I am loving how you displayed yours with old books....making me reconsider :o)
    xo,Alicia

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  21. Courtney that is gorgeous!! I love how you decorated it. What a wonderful treasure to have.
    xoxo

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  22. I love it! It looks so beautiful with your cute chairs sitting in front!

    xo,
    Shellagh

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  23. I love your beautiful furniture and decorating--but truly loved seeing your cute little Bella!

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  24. This looks great. I love ASCP. You sure do have a gift for painting :) All you stuff always looks great!

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  25. Isn't it always nice when you get a piece handed down to you...They are always the best and most treasured...I have a few as well...You did an amazing paint job and displaying your books and such to your cabinet...Check out my new posts if you get a chance...Blessings Lori

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  26. I love this, you did such a incredible job.

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  27. It looks gorgeous, Courtney! Love the way it came out, and how your books are displayed. I agree, I like the old pages showing. Beautiful, inspiring pictures!
    xo-Lisa

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  28. Mmmm, this looks magazine worthy.

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  29. This is nothing less than fabulous! I love that study from Patina too! You've done a wonderful job styling. It's all so pretty to look at.

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  30. Fantastic!! I love the cupboard itself. You do such beautiful things.

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  31. Love your beautiful cupboard and how it turned out with the chalk paint. They way you displayed your books and your daughter's project gives it a classic feel.
    Love it!

    Jody

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  32. Love Love Love it!! What a beautiful piece and I love the display inside of it too. I've used Coco on quite a few pieces in my house but never thought to mix a little white in it. Hummm... going to have to find a piece to try that on:)

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  33. How gorgeous Courtney! Your house is so beautiful! Love the finish on this.
    Sherry

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  34. Beautiful!! What type of beadboard did you use on your walls and where did you get it? Thanks

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  35. Courtney, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love it just the way it is and wouldn't change anything. I do like the way the paint comes out a little uneven. I think this adds to the "aged" feel of a piece. Too even and perfect to me moves it further away from unique and old. Great work. -K

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  36. Been painting some projects with chalk paint lately, but haven't tried Coco. It looks great and will have to give it a try.

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  37. Courtney,
    It looks wonderful with the coco paint (it's one of my favorite colors)...thank you for sharing it with us at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  38. You must have a huge house, Courtney! Each piece of furniture you have in the rooms is so utterly amazing - and big! Once again, the photos you shared are totally magazine worthy, girlie! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  39. So beautiful Courtney! I have an old hutch (it's HUGE) and I've been dying to paint it but am afraid of taking on such a big project. How long did it take you?

    I reeeeally love it!!

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  40. What a gorgeous piece! I always love to see what you have been up to, such a talent you are! That piece looks heavy! I can't believe you are able to move it around (I'm assuming it's not just you moving it :) ) Love it!

    ~Shanon

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  41. Courtney, I love this! It looks like a timeworn finish! You did an amazing job; it's gorgeous!

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  42. I love how your cupboard turned out especially filled with all those books....Beautiful!!!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  43. Looks gorgeous! I love it. Interesting idea to face the books the other way round. Looks fantastic. x Julie

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  44. LOVE it! Looks amazing Courtney!

    Love how it turned out.
    xox
    Alison

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  45. As soon as I saw it I had the Giannetti office bookcase come to my mind! Great inspiration~yours looks amazing Courtney!! I LOVE it!! I really think you do such an outstanding job and can't wait to see your latest posts, because they are always above par!

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  46. I love your painted library cupboard.
    It looks beautiful. I would like to find one similar and paint it with the Annie Sloan paint. All the photos you show are beautiful. I also love Brooks bookcase in her office. I want to paint our ugly oak built in our family room. I was thinking white, but I really like the color yours is. Maybe I will give it a try.

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  47. Your grandmother would be so proud! It's gorgeous right where it is showing off all your treasures. Love the paint job

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  48. The cupboard is stunning! Great work. Love all your antique books.

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  49. Oh Wow!! it's absolutly gorgeous!! Love the way you styled the books!

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  50. Wow Courtney, it is stunning and gorgeous!! I think miss Bella likes it too. Thanks for linking up, I will be featuring it next Tuesday!
    XO
    Kristin

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  51. Great transformation. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  52. It looks so beautiful! The color is perfect and I love the doors.
    Jenn :)

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  53. Dear Courtney, I'm loving Grandma's made-over cabinet. Your layered paint colour turned out so beautiful and your display of books is perfect. I'm sure it will enhance whatever room you choose to put it in. Good luck with the bathroom reno! xox

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  54. I like how that turned out! I can't wait to use some chalk paint myself:) I really like how that looks with the doors all open like that! And the fact that you can change it up so often for a whole new look. Great piece and GREAT JOB!

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  55. Great piece! I love how you have the spines of the books facing in... seeing the pages exposed gives a lot softer feel! VERY CUTE

    -Samm
    LittleHouseintheBigD.blogspot.com

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  56. Hi Courtney,
    Your cupboard looks wonderful! I love the size of it and the way it holds everything. The color is great!
    Very well done and full of charm.
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

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  57. Courtney, The cabinet turned out beautiful! It does indeed look very similar to Brooke's from the back cover of her book. Terry

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  58. I love this! I'll be flipping all of my books over tonight, thanks for the inspiration!

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  59. LOVE this and how you've styled it with the old backward books & such. Yum!

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  60. It looks SO pretty! When I saw it on Primp I had to click to get some closer pictures ~ gorgeous!!!

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  61. That's yours!!! I saw it on Pinterest and repinned it because it was so beautiful! I'll have to go check to see if it links back to your blog like it's supposed to. It's FABULOUS! That needs to be in a magazine...

    Cindy

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  62. You know what, it's good you put a watermark on it, because it doesn't link to your blog... i'm gonna go but your blog address with it right now!

    Cindy

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  63. Ok, i was wrong, your blog address doesn't show up in the top right corner, but if i click on the picture, it brings me here...
    I'm clueless i guess...

    Cindy

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  64. Lovely as always, Courtney! Your style is amazing. It looks just right, especially with your styling.
    -Revi

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  65. OOOOO! swooning Courtney... it looks stunning!

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  66. WOW is the only word that seems fitting...just stunning works too!! WOW!!!

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  67. I truly love to visit you offer such inspiration with every post. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  68. Absolutely, completely stunning. Gorgeous!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  69. I will add this to my In The Library board on pinterest, someday I will have this room together! great paint job!

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  70. It looks wonderful! I almost have the courage to do the same.

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  71. Courtney, I love your painted cabinet and the way you have filled it with your treasures. Beautiful paint color! Thanks for joining my party this week. Hugs, Sherry

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  72. Courtney, I love your painted cabinet and the way you have filled it with your treasures. Beautiful paint color! Thanks for joining my party this week. Hugs, Sherry

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  73. This cabinet is just beautiful. It is so charming and the display of your precious treasures are lovely. I LOVE the books turned backwards with the gilded edges. I am a huge fan of your blog and projects. Hugs, Jan

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  74. Courtney, you turned a beautiful family treasure into a real gem..you made it "come to life" Simply gorgeous!

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  75. Brooke's cabinet...YES...me too! can't get it outta my head.

    just painted my hutch/buffet with it in mind, and i love your post because it is such sweet affirmation!

    love to you.

    michele

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  76. Wow, Courtney! Amazing job, love the color, displays, everything. Nicely done!

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  77. wow, this is amazing your decor is so beautiful, if you have the time i would love it if you could link up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/hi-every-one-i-hope-you-have-had-great.html

    and check out my current giveaway

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  78. Just catching up on some posts I've missed. This turned out so beautiful! I'm itching to paint a china cabinet at my house. You may have just given me the push I needed. That blue/gray color is gorgeous. I do love the way the doors open on your cabinet, and I love how you've styled the shelves. I also enjoyed seeing all of those wonderful bathroom inspiration pix. laurie

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  79. It's amazing how a uninspiring piece of furniture can be totally tranformed with chalk paint. Your cabinet looks beautiful! If you prime the piece first, either with primer or shellac, you will find that the chalk paint is not streaky at all. Great work!

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  80. The cabinet is beautiful, Courtney! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  81. Love your cabinet... Just lovely....I also love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Great Job....

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  82. Your cabinet looks fantastic!
    I love your book display as well.
    Thank you so much for the shout out :)
    I'm thrilled to know that my cabinet was part of your inspiration.

    xo xo
    Brooke

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  83. What an absolutely gorgeous piece and you finished it perfectly! I really like the way you styled it as well. :)
    Shannon
    aka design

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  84. It looks absolutely stunning....Take care Jilly

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  85. Love! Plus much inspiration for me...my itsy cottage lacks storage,I see solutions ! Hugs Courtney!

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