Friday, December 27, 2013

Live It Up - Take Some Penicillin and Buy A TV..and a China Cabinet

The end of the year is near and things are busy here at Furniture Flippin'.  We are finishing up a flip of our own and that, combined with the holidays has kept us hopping.  So, I'm turning the blog over to my friend Kelli of Pretty Painted Things & Other Things That Make Me Happy.  Let's check out her latest work.  Take it away Kel...

1928............That was the year this china cabinet was made (so says the sticker on the back of the cabinet).

1928 was the last boom year of the Roaring Twenties before the crash of 1929 for most of the world. Some of the most important events of 1928 were the discovery of penicillin, the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland and the Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the sale of the first television and the election of Herbert Hoover. 

Fast forward 85 years........and here we are today.  I picked up this china cabinet that was in dire need of some TLC.  The door had been taken off (I like it better with open shelves- I think it's more multi-purpose this way) and the veneer on the front had been hacked/torn off.  I loved the shape of it and immediately saw major potential.  I saw in my minds eye exactly how I wanted it to look. First I had to find some period wallpaper.  I didn't find exactly what I had in mind, but I did fall in love with the 1930's paper I found. It's a minty-blue with sweet pearly stripes and a little bit of floral. 

It looks like there are several different types of wood on the cabinet - the front panels would have to have something done to camouflage where the veneer had been savagely removed. I decided on appliques.  

I painted a bit of pearl ivory paint over each of them and then distressed and aged, so it does look like an authentically old piece.  


It's super sturdy and may just last another 85 years. What are the events of 2013 that will be remembered as we look back? Surely they will look back in horror at this year and think twerking is as awful as I do now.  ~ Kelli

~ Stephanie back again!  Hehehehe..thank goodness for friends who come to my aid when I'm just a tad bit lax in my duties.  Let's take a look at the amazing after of this cabinet.  

That piece is gorgeous.  You can see more pictures and read more details and comments by visiting Kelli's Pretty Painted Things & Other Things That Make Me Happy Facebook Page.  Be prepared to stay awhile because her work is out of this world and she will inspire you.  

Pretty Painted Things & Other Things That Make Me Happy is based in Tennessee.  All of the items Kelli makes over are for sale, but not for long.  They go quickly.  Head on over to her Facebook page and let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.  

Thanks Kelli for letting me steal from you twice in one month.  If it wasn't for you both of those days we'd all be looking at a blank post for the day.  

Okay dear readers, let's hear from you today.  I like stuff to read, too!  There's a comment section below.  Let's hear some feedback.  Also, if you  have a furniture flip you'd like to share, please email me.  

Have a great Friday!
~ Stephanie


  1. That is SO soft and pretty. Nice work Kelli! One can only hope with time we forget what 'twerking' was all about. Happy New Year!

  2. I would never have it expected it could look this pretty again! Great job Kelli!

  3. What a beautiful transformation the wallpaper is just right.

  4. Gorgeous. I have an antique bed that I turned into a bench, that I've been working on for awhile now. Same problem. Veneer that damaged the wood when it was removed. I keep pulling it out, working on it, getting frustrated and then put it in "time out" under a drop cloth for another few weeks. I don't know why I didn't think of it before reading this but I am totally going to pull out some plaster and make an applique. And I just picked up some champagne pearl paint. That is happening. Thanks for the inspiration.


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