Sure is starting to feel like springtime here in friendly Manitoba! At this time on our farm, we’re half way through calving season— and although an extra busy and very cute time of year— our yard is a mess which has me thinking about the mountains of work coming for me after thaw! However, the approaching of spring also has me thinking about fresh decor, and maybe even finding some time to paint a room! Transforming this 1940’s china cabinet has most certainly put me in the mood!

Before & After

Coastal Farmhouse Cupboard

Can you believe I picked-up this 1940’s china cabinet way back in 2017?! And I just got to flipping it now in 2023, 6 years later! Where DOES time go?! My boys have given me orders to clean up my furniture stash in our shop— so to keep the peace, that is what I’ll do! A girl has to have some control right?!

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Are you a coastal farmhouse style fan?! This vintage 1940’s china cabinet has been transformed to give you that exact feel! Comforting and serene, with exposed wood elements and timeworn farmhouse patina. Accented with wickers, greeneries and whites creates a mood of peace and tranquility. Option to remove the door for a sweet open concept. Would make for a lovely bathroom linen cabinet, a dining-room white dinnerware display, a sitting-room book shelf, an entry-way statement, and more! A pleasing touch of cozy charm for that perfect little nook or space in your home or cottage.

Coastal Farmhouse Furniture

1940’s Vintage China Cabinet

Below you’ll find all of the photos I took after completing my furniture flip transformation. On-screen colours are merely a digital representation, and will vary from screen to screen (device to device). Depending on your screen/device, the colour(s) seen here on my website may seem slightly different in person.

My Step-by-Step Transformation

  • Removed glass pane from door — for ease of product application
  • Removed hardware— with plans to polish and maintain
  • Lightly sanded down flaking finish from body and interior, then vacuumed and washed— in preparation for paint application
  • Heavily sanded down legs and shelving, then vacuumed and washed— in preparation for stain application
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint chalk style paint in the colour Dune Grass w/ paint brush application to both the body and interior— a soft, muted green that’s close to a duck egg blue; looks lovely on farmhouse coastal style decor
  • Lightly sanded down the body and interior— for a farmhouse distressed finish; with 220 grit sandpaper
  • Applied 1 coat of Minwax Gel Stain in the colour Aged Oak to the legs and shelving— for a two-toned exposed wood transformation
  • Applied 1 coat of my go-to Varathane Diamond Wood Finish (water-based, satin polyurethane) to the body and interior— In preparation for glaze; sponge application
  • Applied Country Chic Paint furniture glaze in the colour Smoky Quartz w/ sponge application and water mister— To achieve a farmhouse patina effect
  • Applied 2 more coats of my go-to Varathane Diamond Wood Finish (water-based, satin polyurethane) to the body and interior— To achieve a crystal clear, water-resistant, and highly durable finish; sponge application
  • Applied 2 coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Clear Satin to the legs and shelving— To achieve a highly durable finish; sponge application
  • Reinstalled glass pane on door— Ever so carefully, with transparent sealant for ultra protection
  • Decoupaged drawer sides and interior with Re-Design with Prima’s Patina Flourish decoupage tissue paper— A pattern that I feel was an absolute perfect match for this furniture flip; sponge application w/ water-based poly
  • Polished original hardware with my go-to Brasso Metal Cleaner— Quickly and gently removes tarnish from a range of surfaces, including brass, copper, chrome, stainless steel and pewter

Photos from My Workshop

I do try to take photos while flipping my pieces! I do, I swear I do! I however tend to get very caught up in the moment, and don’t always think to! Here’s a few I managed to capture with this flip!

Come Take a Closer Look!

I ain’t no videographer I tell ya! I am however determined to try my very best to share a closer look with YOU. Below you’ll find my best; albeit amateur effort at trying to capture this piece in video format (taken out in my workshop where I do it all- prep, transform, picture and vid).
For my Manitoba followers, perhaps you might fancy slipping out to our farm for the closest look- please do get in touch!

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I’d Love to Help You

Have a furniture piece that you’d like to paint, but aren’t sure where to start? Struggling with deciding on colour(s), products, techniques, and finishes? I’d love to help you out! Let’s have a phone chat, or meetup for a coffee!

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