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  1. Beautiful and I love the handles with a crystal attached nice little touch of bling. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I had the crystals on the sideboard and no one could see them there. Much easier to appreciate here… 🙂

  2. Please don’t tell us that you are going to paint that table!

    1. Nope, not the table, although it does have marks on it that might require a refinishing at some point. I’m going to try to remove the marks first. ?

      If I ever do address the table, I might have a professional refinish it in a bleached wood. We’ll see.

      Next I’m actually planning to refinish the sideboard which you can hardly even see in these pics. Like the green cabinet, it’s not a quality piece of furniture and it’s already got a painted finish – but it’s very outdated.

  3. It looks lovely and the your beautiful topper is the “crowning” touch, pun intended. I think that when you bite the bullet and paint the inside, it will be stunning. Some rich, dark color that will set off the dishes.

  4. Oh so much better! It now doesn’t clash with the color of the wood table. And you are right about painting the inside with a stand out color as well. Nice job! Can’t wait to see it when your idea is complete.

    1. I live in Arkansas. After viewing the paint site, I think I must order from a retailer. Is there one you prefer, that you have worked with. Everything is beautiful in your world. Thank you for sharing so openly.

  5. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    I like the crown so much better! The cabinet is also a great transformation but the Mauve Love is awfully bright. It would certainly give a POP! You have such beautiful taste that I’m sure whatever you choose will be fabulous! Have a great week ad stay safe and be strong!

    1. I so agree about the crown!! We’ll see about the inside of the cabinet. I may just leave it as is, since I’m the only one who will see it… 😉

  6. It looks beautiful. Where did you get the crown?

    1. Thank you! I got the crown on Amazon and had seen it sourced through Target, as well, but I don’t have it linked because it’s not available anymore. I did spend a lot of time looking for it yesterday because I knew people would ask, but so far I have not found it. I will certainly add it back if I ever see it.

      1. Teresa Snipes says:

        I’m so bummed! I have coveted your lovely crown for a while and was so excited that you might source it at the bottom as you do other things.

        I did find a sweet crown on Etsy, nowhere near the size or heft of yours, that now sits atop my Christmas tree for the first time this year.

        Please let us know if you see it or anything near it in the future.


        1. Hi Teresa,

          Yes, I understand your frustration. When these companies no longer carry their products, the links wind up broken, so I have to remove them. If I see it again I will definitely post it!


  7. Another beautiful project Lory! It really does change the look of that corner and blends in so much better. And I agree with Candy – the crystals on the handles are perfect! Nice job! 😉

  8. Elizabeth says:

    The cabinet looks wonderful! I too love the gilded handles and the crystal addition! Oh Yes, “A whisper of Dusty Purple” would be a nice surprise every time you open the doors.

  9. Barbara C. says:

    Your cabinet is beautiful! Lovely choice of colors. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Suzanne Jarboe says:

    The cabinet and the crown look great.
    Now maybe you can hide the wall vent. You can use a tray standing up on its side, or a picture, a plant, or something.
    I enjoy your blog,

    1. Thanks for the kind words!

      If I cover the wall vent, it won’t be functional. As much as I hate looking at it, we do need air circulating… 😉

  11. This is so funny. I have an antique secretary that was painted black years ago. I, too, wanted something lighter and the quarantine got to me, too. I am on coat number three but am loving it. I even painted the glass door. It has a whole different look now and I am loving it.

    God bless and stay safe.

    1. That’s awesome, Rebecca! I finished my next project today, so hope to get the blog post up for next Tuesday… 🙂

  12. Your cabinet looks beautiful; it’s such a lovely transformation.
    I am planning on painting an inherited Duncan Phyfe dining set. I planned to use chalk paint for ease of application, however, everything I’ve seen on Pinterest has said that the mahogany on these old sets bleeds through chalk paint. Do you think the Classico paint would work? I have looked for these paints, and they are difficult to find. Any suggestions?

  13. C. Gresham says:

    Painting the cabinet brings it into the 21st-century but the real clinchers are the crown and the gilding of the handles. All really change the mood of that corner.

  14. What do you think about a touch of that gold paint on the crown? ?I love everything you do

  15. Lori, I’ve often wondered how long it would take you to either paint or replace that piece with something lighter and I see you were thinking the same thing. It turned out just lovely and so matches the rest of the room. You have impeccable taste and I can’t wait to see what the side board looks like after you get your hands on it as well.

  16. Teddee Grace says:

    Made a big, positive difference! Worth removing all of the contents although I can see why that was a hurdle.

    1. Thanks, Teddee. I still want to paint the inside, but the thought of taking everything out again is overwhelming… 😉

  17. Constance Gagne says:

    Where might I find the gilding paste I have a light that needs to be painted gold where the metal is and I believe this would be perfect! Thank you so very much.

  18. Sylvai Tang says:

    Hi Lory,
    Where can I purchase the gilding paint and will it work on my kitchen knobs and handles?

    1. You can get the gilding paste here: https://amzn.to/3Hm8fAx I don’t know what kind of knobs you have, but it should work. I would try it on a test knob first to make sure you’re comfortable working with it and you like the finish.

  19. You probably already know this tip….but, taking a picture of your “before” (where the contents of the piece were located) would allow you to put everything back in its place. I love that you took what you had and made it something you love! Rewarding!!

    1. Yes, this is one of my favorite tips! I take photos of everything – even packages I buy in case I need to box them back up… 🙂

  20. Sharon Millsap says:

    If the shelves are removable, consider painting them white and lining the back and side walls with a simple patterned fabric. That way you can highlight your dishes. Keep your beautiful style uncluttered.

  21. Wonderful job….now you need to paint the mirror.

  22. I love that piece in both colours, but you were so correct to change it up. Just lovely and the crown is so perfect on top. Great job! It’s so much work taking everything out of a cabinet like that and then finding the best use of space/design when putting everything back. But you did it! Next time you feel the urge to clean, painting that different colour would be a nice element as well. Very inspiring!