If at First You Don’t Succeed…Paint, Paint Again

I adore this piece of furniture.  I bought it a couple of years ago at a cute little shop in Waxahachie, Texas, but couldn’t fit it in my SUV to get it home.  Fortunately,  my sister was able to store it for me in her garage for a couple of months until I could come and get it.  

It was in need of some love when I bought it. 

The varnish had bubbled up in many places and it really needed to be stripped completely. I didn’t have the patience for that, so I just cleaned it really well and painted it with Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre. I’ve used this color a lot for custom pieces I’ve sold and since I was planning on selling it anyway, I thought Old Ochre was the way to go.

Except it never sold. Then I got the brilliant idea to switch some things around in my house and make room for it in my entry.  (Between you, me, and the fence post, I wanted it for myself from the beginning. )

Then I moved the china cabinet from the garage into the house…and I HATED it.


Old Ochre is a beautiful color, but in my house it should be called Old Teeth.  I knew immediately I would have to change the color if it was going to stay, so for the second time in one week I painted it again. Annie Sloan’s Pure White was a much better fit for my house.

I also painted the inside with Duck Egg, one of my very favorite Annie Sloan colors.  I ended up removing the door from the cabinet because it wouldn’t stay shut anyway once I had finished the piece.

Distressing allowed a little of the Old Ochre to show through, but I was fine with that.  

In the midst of this painting, and then re-painting, I decided I was over the 1992 wallpaper in my entry.

I managed to damage the walls in the process…which led to troweling with joint compound..which led to painting the walls Revere Pewter…which led to changing to Comfort Gray a couple of weeks later.  I am nothing if not fickle.  

Though it’s a fairly petite piece of furniture, my china cabinet still provides some height for the entry and the drawer gives me a lot of space to store magazines.  The best part, though, is that it gives me another spot to accessorize.



4 thoughts on “If at First You Don’t Succeed…Paint, Paint Again

  1. I love that piece! I saw one on Saturday at Vintage Vibe. They had taken the doors off too. It’s perfect in your entry!

  2. I love that piece too! The color is perfect! I have a similar one I wanted to put in a space behind my entry door too, but my husband thinks that the door would hit, nick and eventually ruin my furniture. How do you keep the door from hitting the china cabinet or is this a problem?

    1. Thank you! The door does touch the cabinet if it’s opened all the way. I don’t use the front door much, so it hasn’t been a problem.

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