Furniture Refresh Girls October Theme "Inspired By"

Hello!!!  I'm happy you're here!  This is a big occasion for My Passion For Decor and several other bloggers because this is our first installment of 'Furniture Refresh'.   Each month myself and the other bloggers will share our project for our 'Furniture Refresh' theme.  This month our theme is Inspired By....this can be anything from Fall, to the color white or in my case French country design.  
Let's get this party started shall we?!

This is how my french country inspired cabinet looked before.  The top lid had come off,  two of the legs were off, the outside of the cabinet was a mess and the inside (which is cedar lined) didn't smell like cedar anymore.  

A little background on this cedar chest.  I bought this at an estate sale three years ago.  I've moved it from house to house to house, but I was never willing to part with it.  The instant I saw the cabinet at the estate sale I knew what I wanted to do to it and it needed to be mine.  The things I fell in love with the most were the legs....who wouldn't love those carved and detailed legs?   

You can see the whole thing was a bit dirty.

After a very thorough cleaning, I got started painting.  I painted the entire piece in Carbone by Faux Mineral Paint.  I love this paint because there's no bleed through worry.  The old stain that can normally bleed through red or pink, is stopped.  OH and did I mention you don't need to wax the paint if you don't wax afterward?  Can I get an AMEN?!
This is what the cabinet looked like after two coats of Carbone. 
It already looks a lot better and all the detailing really stands out now.   However, I can't ever seem to leave things be.  I felt like it was a bit ho-hum.  

The next steps I didn't get pictures of, but I'll explain a bit about what I did.  First I used a new product to me, Royal Stencil Creme Paint, and I lightly dry brushed it over the outside of the cabinet.  The color I chose is called Pearl Oyster.  It's a white stencil paint with a hint of shimmery silver.  

Then I used my Springtime in Paris stencil, also from Royal Design Studio and stenciled the top of the cabinet in the same Pearl Oyster paint.

Once the stencil was on, I lightly distressed the entire piece of furniture.  I sealed the cabinet with a mixture of soft dark and clear wax.  I know I didn't need to wax, but I wanted to in order to achieve the look I was going for.  I added in a bit of DIY Paint Decrepit Dust in the corners and in the carving on the legs.  

My very last step was to refresh the inside of the cedar cabinet with cedar oil.  Honestly before this project I had no idea that was such a thing.  I bought my cedar oil at Home Depot.  I lightly sanded the inside of the cabinet, wiped it down with a damp cloth and let it dry.  Once the inside cedar was dry, I applied a light coat of cedar oil with a clean rag.  Now it smells like cedar heaven!!

Here's how my French Country Cabinet looks now!

I love all the details and carving!!

And those legs!!!  They looks amazing now!!

Here you can see the stencil on the top of the cabinet. 

This project was a lot of fun.  I felt I learned a few things, like cedar oil is a real thing!!  I like the projects that push me out of my comfort zone and inspire me at the same time.  This piece inspired me from the moment I laid eyes on it.  Now I truly believe this cedar lined chest will have a long and beautiful life.  This one is already sold and I'm a bit jealous of it's new owners!!

Make sure you stop by and see all the incredible "Inspired By" projects.  I know I'm inspired by all these talented women and I'm sure you will be too!!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!!

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  1. I just love this piece and what you did with it is just Beautiful!

  2. I was sitting there admiring it, and then towards the end I saw the top and realized what you were talking about... took my breath away! The color is gorgeous!

  3. Every detail is perfection. I am so glad you brought it back to life. What amazing. Wish mine were that fancy ;)

  4. This is stunning! The colors, details, finish, writing, I love it all!

  5. Melody,
    I can see why you moved her around. The piece is beautiful with your talent, you brought her back to life.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  6. Looks awesome!! Love the color and stenciled top!! That is one amazing makeover!!

  7. Wow this piece is stunning! Your hard work piecing it back into something beautiful really paid off! Well done! You did a lovely job! I would be so happy if you would share this at Making Broken Beautiful. It goes every week from Thursday to sunday. Love your work and I hope you will join in inspiring us all!


  8. Goodness me I love those legs!! Such a beautiful transformation!!

  9. this looks like a million bucks! That finish is to DIE FOR! I love seeing all the other projects too! WELL DONE! <3

  10. It was a beautiful piece to begin with, but you just knocked it out of this solar system! The finish is just stunning and brings into the spotlight all of the marvellous details! So happy to be a part of this group that you started! ;o)

  11. Wow what a great job! and a great piece of furniture. I love the legs too! Great job!

  12. Wow Melody you rocked that! Gray is currently my fave for furniture, and this just turned out fantastic!

  13. I think this is just the cutest. I love love the stencil.

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