Saturday, July 5, 2014

My dining room and a painted cabinet

How to embellish your furniture with graphics using a transfer method.
The drawers on the cabinet have a french script.
We use this dining room cabinet to store all of our day to day bills and papers.
This is the before photo of our painted cabinet.
I used Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan for the first coat in the color Louis Blue.
 Next, I toned down the blue by dry brushing a mix of the 
same blue lightened with Pure White.
After that I added some graphics using a transfer method to add a bit of subtle
detail on the bottom of the cabinet.  
I chose some French graphics that I found on
She has free graphics and you can print using a laser jet printer.
Next  apply the graphics with Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel or similar product.
Let the image dry onto the piece overnight (very important), then remove the white paper 
with a damp scrubby sponge and the graphics are revealed!
By lightly scrubbing off the paper, the image will be seen.
The graphics float on the gel base that you used to "glue" the paper in position.
 Its pretty easy and the results speak for themselves.
 I used French font for the drawer faces and then a
 decorative image and more font for the center two cabinet fronts. 
 Highlights of Silver Gilder Paste around the edges add a touch of glimmer.
 This room has a mix of silver and gold and different shades of blue. 
 Like you, I am sure you need
 to find storage that works, and has both a purpose as well as looking pretty.   
Thank you for reading my blog.  I hope my painted cabinet
inspires you to look at old pieces with a new eye for design and 
how you can make these pieces work for you and your home.
Our French Library Cabinet has made our 
dining room a place of order once again!

Note: This post is partially sponsored by HomeGoods as part of my participation in their Designer program on their Pinterest board, Happy By Design


  1. Love how you stay organized and the beautiful treatment you gave the cabinet. A double bonus in a beautiful blog, thank you for the great tips!

  2. Do you do the transfer before or after you wax the piece? Gorgeous..btw. 😊

  3. Love the Chandeliers? Where did you get such unusual chandeliers?

  4. Love your blog..keep it coming. Bless you:)

  5. Me encanto!!!! lo intentare :) Buena semana

  6. Amazing transformation!! I love the colors for your dining room and the buffet. Looks stunning!

  7. This is just beautiful, Thanks for sharing! I love the color and the graphics really set it off. Love it!

  8. Would the transfer gel work on transferring to material?

  9. The cabinet is gorgeous. Your finish just makes it glow! I am also interested in where you got the unusual chandelier. Is that a purchased or refurbished one??

  10. Beautiful... Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Have been going out of my mind trying to figure out what to do to finish this one piece I have been working on and now I know! Thank you!


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