Do you remember this little retro cabinet I painted not long ago?
a little retro cabinet transformed with Country Chic PaintThe first time I painted it, I wanted to stay true to its retro-i-ness (see the post here).  It was painted with classic, retro browns and glaze was used to highlight the basket weave.  little retro cabinet with basket weaveThis is how the little, press-board, cabinet started out. Banged up and grungy, they could barely give it away.  Ever since I picked it up though, I thought it would be the perfect piece to show how different a piece can look with just a few, simple modifications.

It always amazes me how the same piece can look so different by just changing the paint.

This time around I wanted the little cabinet to have more of a farmhouse, antique-y look and feel.  It is still a retro piece, but even that specific style can lend itself to a farmhouse feel.  Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Cream on a retro cabinetThe first thing I did to change it up, was to remove the doors.  The doors were quite tight after the first painting, so removing them was a great option.  Removing them also opened up the cabinet and gave it a more airy feel.   little iron bird cage with some wood slicesI used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream for the cabinet and shelves this time.

Cream is a beautiful, neutral, off-white that goes with anything.  It is definitely one of my go-to colours.  retro cabinet painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Coco and Cream A dresser that I use in my studio area is painted Coco so I used that to paint the legs and tie the two piece together (see it here).  antique ammo box from CanadaAnnie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream and CocoBy just changing the doors and paint, the same piece has a completely different feel.  No wonder, despite all of the pieces out there, they all look so unique.  Everyone has their own vision when they redo a piece.   Peoples personal preferences and tastes usually shine through in their paint choices and designs and that makes for the gorgeous variety of styles we see.

I have to say, that of the two looks, the second one is more “me”.  I love the neutral colours and the exposed shelves.  Which do you prefer?
one retro cabinet, two looks

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I have 2 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. I like the second ‘redo’ the most! It is amazing how it doesn’t even look like the same piece.

    xo Dianne

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