You know I am never done decorating, changing things and adding details.
Some time ago, I was traveling in Arkansas and stopped at a wonderful
flea market and found these great cabinets doors for sale.
They are perfect for signs, paintings and inspiration boards
with the frame built right in.
I sold many designed with paintings, French graphics and roses,
so I thought I would keep one for myself to place above my kitchen cabinets. An area I continue to work on and let evolve.
First, I painted this treasure a cottage white and added an enlarged
french graphic using the blender pen transfer method, shared HERE,
followed by filling in a bit to darken with a Sharpie Pen.
The graphic is courtesy of
Since this is to be displayed up high, it needed to be darker.
See the smaller graphic? ~ this antiqued version was the inspiration for the look, yet leaving it light enough to be seen from the floor.
Next I began to antique the background and darken the framed edge.
Using acrylic paint in burnt umber and water, working quickly and applying with a soft cloth.
You can apply an extender medium to the paint for a longer work time if you have never done this. All these supplies are inexpensive
and available at most craft centers.
The color goes right over the words and then I float a bit more
color around the high points and edges.
Sand for a bit of distress and age.
To the framed area I darkened it with the umber
and added black to the edge.
I also had some scroll appliques in my stash,
so I added those to the sides and top of the graphic.
Here it is in the new spot above the cabinets in my kitchen.
Notice I took off the door to the plate cabinet and painted the inside cottage cream.
It gave the room a larger feel and displays my toile style dishes.
This area is my message center by the phone, mail holder and flat screen.
The wall color is Heirloom Lace, a custom color from Behr.
Across the room above the fridge area is the Menu tray I shared
Do you think, I might paint these cabinets too?
Still deciding, to paint or not???
I do think leaving them the wood tone gives the center of my home an anchor.
But, I've been known to change my mind when it comes to redesign. LOL
The chandelier is on a dimmer and I have added glass crystal drops
with crystal garland. So pretty in the evening with the lights dimmed.
From a plain cabinet door~
To a French Graphic Display.
If you come across these doors, don't pass them up,
they are great to create with.
Have creating and see you next time.