Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Grey Cabinet

Meet my favorite little cabinet! I picked up this beauty from St Vincent De Paul in Milwaukee. When I saw it, I instantly fell in love with all the lines and detail on it, as well as how narrow it is. Then, I opened it and it has this amazing shelf inside. Here is a picture of it in the parking lot after I bought it. Love love love the cute little legs on it as well.

I have been having somewhat of a color block lately, or maybe just a block in general in life. I just feel like summer has been so busy with things other than furniture, that I lost my creative vision when I look at an old piece of furniture and what color I should go with. Of course my first vision was a wood top. So I sanded down the wood top and did one coat of dark walnut stain. I wasn't super thrilled with it and then I got the vision to just paint all of it and bring out the great detail.

I love to post pictures on my Instagram and I generally tag the company of products I use. General Finishes, creator of the beloved Java gel stain, has featured a few of my pieces on their IG page. Every time they do, I tend to get a few new followers, that I love. I posted this picture asking for some color advice and after a few followers gave me ideas, I decided to go grey with it.

One of my absolute favorite furniture pages on IG is nakhome out of California. She does absolutely beautiful work. She mixes a lot of custom colors for her furniture, so I decided to give this a try for this cabinet with some grey paint I have left over from Behr. I mixed 2 parts Flint Smoke and one part Orion Grey. Then I added Plaster of Paris and water to make it chalk paint.

For cabinets, I take the hinges off so I can fully paint everything. I also tried out Frog Tape for the bottom of the cabinet to get a straight line. It helped tremendously. 
This cabinet took about 2.5 coats of paint and then I sealed it in furniture wax. Once I had it completed and staged, I fell in love with it. Now I just have to find a good spot for it in my furniture loaded condo.

Now, as a little side note, other than just Instagram, I also love to look at and read other blogs to get some inspiration ideas as well. Since I have started blogging, it has been so fun to connect with other bloggers with similar interests. These are a few of my favorites that I would highly recommend you read as well.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I love nakhome too! As well as The Weathered Door and Phoenix Restoration. You have great taste! Thank you for linking up to Friday's Furniture Fix. This cabinet turned out beautifully. I hope you'll join us again this week.. a new party begins now. Take Care! Carrie, Thirty Eighth Street

    1. Thanks for the nice comment Carrie, you made my day!

  2. This is such a beautiful shade of gray Shayla! I know from experience mixing painting colors is not always easy but honestly you totally nailed this one. It was the perfect choice for this piece. Congratulations on being featured on the GF Instagram account, that is so exciting. Thank you so much for the sweet shout out. I very much appreciate it! Pinning and will share soon on FB too! Hugs, Coco

    1. Thank you for the nice comment Coco, you always make my day!

  3. Your little table looks like professional quality! Great job painting it! Love the color you created! Thank you for sharing at Making Broken Beautiful, I do hope you will pop in with some more inspiration this week!