Before & After: Cabinet Refresh

This week’s before & after comes from Mary Spence Smith, a Stylish Patina customer. Take it away Mary!

“I live in Oakton, Virginia with my husband and my dog, Abby. I love cooking, reading, tennis, my amazing girlfriends, hanging out with my boys and a good DIY project,” says Mary.

“I love a good project. I have never liked my china cabinet (which predates me in my 30 year marriage) but I couldn’t justify ditching it for a new one. Then I discovered Annie Sloan Paint at Stylish Patina.”

Here’s a before shot of Mary’s cabinet.


“My husband and I own Bullseye Wood Specialties, a custom cabinetry shop, so I admit that I had help in this restoration. My carpenter made new soft close drawers for me and new doors. We put mirror in the back of the cabinet to bounce light. We used Annie Sloan Old Ochre and left the top of the lower portion in the dark cherry to match my table. Italian-made hardware topped it off. I now adore this piece. Thank you Annie Sloan and Stylish Patina for providing the inspiration!” says Mary.

And here is the gorgeous after of Mary’s cabinet – it looks so good & we’re loving that you installed soft close drawers.

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4 Responses to Before & After: Cabinet Refresh

  1. Wow, what a difference. This piece is amazing.

  2. Colleen M Mahoney says:

    Gorgeous now! I always cringe when someone wants to paint an antique piece, but this is an exception. It certainly is more with the times and something I would like in my home if I had more room.

    • Thank you Colleen. I know what you mean. So many people hesitate to paint over good, solid cherry wood furniture but I just had to do it. I have since replaced my outdated cherry headboard (it’s on Craig’s list) which also predated me in my 30 year+ marriage (!!!) with a grey linen upholstered headboard with silver nail head trim. I got it for pittance on One Kings Lane. So guess what I just painted last weekend? My two old school cherry with brass hardware nightstands. I used Paris Grey with Old White on the drawer fronts. I’m waiting for my new decorative hardware to arrive so I can take “After” photos.

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