Country to French Country

This cabinet has been with us for 20 years.  Moving to our new home I knew I was going to make tweaks here and there to some furniture pieces and this was definitely on the list.


I painted the piece years ago and as you can see it had tin panels.  I had different décor when we made the purchase.  I wanted to take our new place in more of a French/French Country direction.

I enjoy this style for many reasons.  I enjoy a bit of formal with a relaxed feel.  I don’t want anyone including us to be afraid to relax and enjoy being in our home.

In my last post HERE I showed the update we made to our fifth wall, ceiling, in our great room.  I added a bit more visual appeal to what would be a plain ceiling by giving it more of a WOW factor.

Now to the cabinet, John, besides being my wonderful husband is my handyman cut pieces from thin plywood to fit over the tin.


I painted the pieces slightly lighter than the cabinet base.

I had the appliques that I planned to use on another project for my office.  John and I decided that piece was not going to work while we were making over my office.  I will discuss the changes to my office in another post.

First, I painted these using the lighter color on the panels.  I mixed gilding wax in gold and silver. To give me a deeper look.  I did a heavy dry brush leaving some of the yellow color in the grooves.


After John glued these on and taped with blue painters tape overnight I did a light wash of raw umber mixed with water to add more age.  I also gilded the knobs and the upper and lower trim.  I felt it would make the piece look more cohesive.





As you can see, from the pictures, the décor next to and on top of the cabinet did a switch.  Reason, NJ has had an awful summer.  Taking photos has been tough stuff.  It has been cloudy, hot and humid almost all summer long.  This made it impossible to take photos one of the biggest reasons I haven’t posted in a longtime .

I feel bad complaining knowing the horrible circumstances happening in the Southeast .  My heart and prayers are with everyone going through this horrific time.  

I’m going to take advantage of the sun to take pictures of my fall decorating I started.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

17 thoughts on “Country to French Country

  1. I love the appliques you put on the cabinet. They look so beautiful. I am a summer girl but I have been complaining about all the rain and hot humid weather we are having all summer too. It is 92 here today and rain expected. Very humid. I want those nice October mornings to re appear. I am ready. Have a great rest of the week.

  2. GREAT job with the appliques -that sure changed the look of the cabinet. It’s fun to switch decor when you can repurpose some pieces that have lived a previous life story with you.
    I am just doing the same thing to some of my pieces—after giving away (to my girls-so it’s okay) pieces I wish I had back.
    Have a great afternoon and evening. xo Diana

  3. It’s amazing how a little bit of paint and some appliqués truly transformed this piece. You did a wonderful job on this Cyn.

    We’re in ny and the weather is so ‘Fall like’ today. We’re hopung to return tomorrow but the roads are still really bad so we shall see.


  4. I wish it was fall like here. Not boiling hot today but humid. So sick of humidity.

    I hope you can get home this weekend. Be safe because I keep reading about the flooding.

    I am very happy how this piece turned out. I can’t wait to show the other changes in this room since we have lived here.

    Going a bit more French takes time since French and French Country decor can be costly.


  5. I love what you did to your furniture piece, Cindy. The molding you added and the paint layers definitely add the French country look. That’s definitely one of my favorite looks too!

    Have a great weekend girl!

  6. I have a cabinet almost same only mine has glass panels and I want to paint it also
    Thanks for the encouragement, Yours turned out wonderful

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