We are back from dropping Eryn off at college. She is moved in and starts classes today. It was a fun, long and emotional week. I’ll share more later. Today though, I’m going a little French Country on you. I don’t do very many FC pieces, but this one just called out a yell for help when I saw it at a sale.
This is Campagne, which happens to be French for “countryside.”
Before, it had a combed gold wash on it. I don’t know how else to describe it. The inside was gold and yellow with glass doors and shelves. As you can see, I had removed those and started to get the inside painted before I remembered to take this picture. Pretty standard policy on my end.
It also had little black and white paint splatters all over it.
The funny thing is, even though I don’t do FC pieces very often, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this from the start.
First, I painted the hardware black. The original was a speckled brassy color.
The body is painted with Annie Sloan’s Chateau Grey. If you haven’t seen this color before, it is a grayish-green, like faded moss.
I added a little grain sack striping on the interior drawer.
One of the biggest changes – replacing the glass shelves with pallet wood painted Old White. Three across fit perfectly and made a huge difference in the look of the cabinet.
The second biggest change was replacing the middle panel glass with fencing. An updated twist to using chicken wire.
The black hardware really stands out against the color. The original finish was very dull.
Very light distressing on the curves.
It was hard to get a good picture because of the mirrors in the back and the reflection. You may also notice that I removed the glass panels on the outside doors simply to avoid more reflection when taking pictures.
This thing is HEAVY. Solid oak and the doors are about three inches thick. I’m glad that we no longer have to move it. Ok…that John no longer has to move it.
I have to give credit to Alyssa for naming it. Anything French is right up her alley so she jumped right on the name-game.
And with all of the talk about Eryn heading off to college, I have failed to mention that Alyssa starts grad school in a few weeks.
Yep, three daughters in college at the same time.
I’ma gonna have some smart youngin’s here soon.
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