Monday, March 7, 2011

Fabulous Wallpapered Cabinet

 My French Provincial China Cabinet got a new look.
I papered the interior with a french classical motif wallpaper.
that I purchased on Ebay at D.Marie Interiors after much drooling.
 I did the entire interior from the ceiling to the bottom shelf
 and all the supporting brackets as well.
It was much like doing a giant decoupage project.
The original color of the entire cabinet was this mustardy yellow color.
 I had painted the outside of the cabinet pale blue,
 but never bothered doing the interior. 
History note: a billion years ago I had purchased this cabinet 
 to hold all my sweaters and jeans when I lived in a small duplex.
I tacked it up with painter tape to see how I was going
 to position the repeat of the pattern~yes, looking good!!
and then it was off to the races. 
Note that the door frames are yellow and will need to be painted.
 I finished the papering that evening and the next day I
 would paint the interior door frames to match the outside.
 For now I was basking in the glow of this gorgeous wallpaper.
 Leaning against the wall is the glass insert and the wire mesh screen. 
After painting the interior frames blue, I decided to eliminate the screening.
 The screen made it harder to see inside the cabinet.
This old picture with the yellow interior shows how grey
 the screen makes the cabinet and how the interior becomes shaded.
I painted the frame with BM white dove, 
then did a second coat with BM heaven on earth, a powder blue. 
I added a small amount of water to my brush so it
would be somewhat transparent, not a thick coat of opaque paint.
Then I tested out a few pieces of china...yummy!
This wallpaper is a matte finish, which I was happy about. 
When you order anything online it is hard to tell 
what it is exactly that you are buying. 
This couldn't have been more perfect,
 in color and finish, so I lucked out!
 Look how these patterns mix together~just like I had hoped.
 I papered the bottom shelf and painted the magnetic door catches. 
Wallpapering a cabinet interior is like making a puzzle. 
I never used a razor blade like I would when I paper a room. 
 Instead I cut each piece of wallpaper with scissors,
 activated the paste and then fit them into place.
I remembered Miss Mustard Seed saying that at some point in all of her 
projects, it looks scary or bad, before it all comes together.
I was glad I remembered her saying that as I was papering the support shelves.
The old pink wine glasses pick up the pinks in the wallpaper~luscious.
The cabinet is loaded with all of my things and the plates are all stacked in piles.
I chose not to lean plates against the back so I could better see the wallpaper pattern.
The scrolled frenchy door handles look great with this pattern.
This fabulous french china cabinet got a face lift!


  1. Great job!! I would drool over the paper too! Gorgeous!

  2. It looks wonderful. I have a cabinet in my dining room that I have been playing around with trying to do the same thing. I might just have to move a little faster on this project as you have inspired me to get this done!

  3. Such a pretty wall paper. It looks wonderul in your cabinet with your dishes. Great idea and beautiful outcome!

  4. Ooh-la-la is right! It's the wow factor. Beautiful!

  5. It looks stunning, what a pretty pattern. Enjoy!

  6. What a great way to maximize the storage but still have something pretty to look at! I've been thinking about doing this on the back of a bookcase... now I think I need to start searching for just the right wallpaper!


  7. Gorgeous!! Love the elegant and a beautiful backdrop to your pretty collection!

  8. Perfect choice of paper!!! It's beautiful and the cabinet looks amazing!!!!

  9. Great choise Amy, it's **PERFECT**. Now you have to keep the doors open all the time.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  10. OH just showed George, he said "it looks beautiful" with one of those chin on the floor tones.

  11. This turned out beautifully! That paper is gorgeous! You are so good about ordering from E-bay and online sources. I haven't become so adept yet! Years ago I put some wall paper in my secretary that sits in my living room. You're making me want redo it!

  12. Amy it is simply stunning!
    You did a fantastic job!!
    I love the paper so gorgeous!!!!!!!

    My photos on my blog roll are finally back working this morning!!

    Pamela xo

  13. Fabulous is right! I think that is the prettiest paper I've ever seen!

  14. This is my favorite project I have seen you do ... it is absolutely beautiful!!! You must be smiling from ear to ear when you walk by that room! In fact, I can picture you sitting at the table this morning having a cup of tea and just staring at how beautiful it turned out. ;) Great job!

  15. Looks wonderful! I love the cabinet and the wallpaper!

  16. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Amy!!! Oh, I just love it! I am going to have to wallpaper a couple of my armoires- this is just gorgeous! :)

  17. Hi Amy! Oh, you've outdone yourself as this is the most gorgeous job ever! I love it and the wallpaper you used is so pretty! I love it! Man, you're good!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. That is beyond gorgeous wallpaper. It looks so pretty with your china. Looks so pretty with the cabinet. Very nice.

  19. Absolutely beautiful. I LOVE the wallpaper!

  20. GORGEOUS! What beautiful paper and what a great job you did installing it. Good choice removing the wire mesh as it is a lot easier to see the interior of the cabinet. I am in awe! :)

  21. OMG, It looks Beautiful!!! You must be in love with the result. What delightful wallpaper!


  22. I'm drooling over that beautiful paper too! Gorgeous!


  23. I LOVE it, of course I do! I did the interior of my hutch with the left over blue and white wallpaper from my bedroom last Christmas and it literally changed the whole look (my hutch is not done yet though!)
    I LOVE the choice of paper too - the Neoclassial pattern, the subtle colors - just yummy!
    Will you add some gold leaf (it's gorgeous as-is, by the way and I LOVE seeing your china too!)

  24. Hi Amy, well it looks just gorgeous. I love the paper you used inside.. it truly is beautiful! The whole cabinet is beautiful as I love the colour blue you used to paint it. I have an armoire that I am hoping to do one day so I may have to 'borrow' your idea..! take care, Maryann

  25. OOh la la is definitely right! Love this look - It enhances your china pieces!

  26. Oh wow, it looks fantastic! I love the wallpaper you used, what a great idea to wallpaper the inside of a cabinet! ~Marcy

  27. It is fantastic.....the most unique wallpaper I have ever seen. It looks beautiful. I know you put in alot of work so kudos to you.

  28. I'm going to just have to steal the design out of your new wallpaper to paint on my daughter's dresser. Beautiful.

  29. What a difference, Amy. It's beautiful!

  30. Wow, gorgeous! Your makeover is so light and feminine. I'm sure you'll LOVE this piece for many years.

  31. Ooh-la-la is right! That paper is beautiful. It almost looks hand painted. Just stunning!

  32. Oh, swoon indeed! It looks absolutely gorgeous, Amy! Definitely worth your meticulous efforts, and glad to hear you got past the 'scary' project point. :)
    - susan

  33. Your cabinet turned out wonderful, Amy! It looks beautiful with all of your china displayed in it!
    Have a great week! :)
    ~ Jo

  34. Hi Amy,
    Ooh la la indeed!!!!! I love the paper and you did such a wonderful job. I think that repainting and wallpaper the interior made it perfect. I absolutely love it.


  35. Oh my. What a challenge. It looks great!

  36. Amy, I adore this paper! It reminds me so much for the Thibaut wallpapers I'm always drooling over at their website. You did a fabulous job. Wow, what a beautiful change from how it was before!

  37. Beautiful! So delicate...adorable colours.
    Great work!
    I love your blog.
    From Portugal (Europe)- Have a nice day!
    Best regards,
    Ana Maria

  38. What pretty wallpaper! I like you you lined the entire inside instead of just the back. The cabinet makeover made such a big difference. Looks great!

  39. Beautiful Job!! I love it, you gave me an idea for one of my cabinets. Martina

  40. That turned out soooo gorgeous! I can see why you drooled over the wallpaper. I have wallpapered alot and that is not easy to do inside a cabinet and have it look so nice.

  41. What an amazing transformation! It really comes to life. I LOVE wallpaper and love what you did with this gorgeous cabinet!

  42. This looks great - the wallpaper is beautiful! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  43. Ahhhh, that looks so so very lovely! Love the colors, the design the paint--all in all dreamy! I wish you'd give us instructions on how to wallpaper... yeah, I've never done that and there is this plain wall in one of our guess bedrooms screaming for some wallpapering.. ;) I found a pretty roll on a thrift store, but don't even know if it's going to work, as it is so old... ;) Love your cottage too! Everything is so pretty and feminine.... just love your style!


  44. Its beautiful and love the chandelier!

  45. Love love love love love love love.... did I mention love?

  46. Oh my goodness I love this!! That wallpaper is gorgeous!!! Your dishes are just perfect with it too!! I am going to have to hunt me down some old wallpaper!!! I have 2 other china cabinets I need to do something with!

    bee blessed

  47. I love your project and I've featured it on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" at Boogieboard Cottage. Thank you for sharing it! Mary :O)

  48. Gorgeous I absolutely love it and the paper.

  49. Oh, that is so pretty! And so simple too!


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