Thursday, February 18, 2010

Replacing Glass Sides On A 1930's Antique China Cabinet With Chicken Wire

Salvaging An Old China Cabinet With A Cottage Style Make-Over

If you discover an old 1930s's antique Dining Room cabinet but the glass and shleves are missing, should you buy it? Well Pam of Rusty Rose Petals on always rescues vintage furniture. Pam takes dark, damaged pieces and transforms them into delightful Shabby Cottage Chic gems.

Goodbye Glass: Hello Chicken Wire

This lovely 1930's antique China cabinet is missing the glass sides. But that didn't stop Pam from giving the lovely show case a re-do. She replaced the side glass with good old fashioned chicken wire. And if yu want to take the make- over one step further you can always add a tension rod and some great lace or barkcloth fabric.

Creamy White Paint

But chicken wire is not the only addition to this cabinet. Pam painted this wonderful piece creamy white with a pale pink back. She made new shelves out of plywood and painted them Robin's Egg Blue.

French Flair For A Feminine Look

These soft pale colors appeal to Cottage and pastel lovers and the feminine Cabriole legs give the cabinet a darling French flair. After the fabulous restoration, Pam is selling this cabinet for $265.00. What a great way to salvage a really sweet China cabinet.

Note: This photos were taken as work in progress. You are not looking at the finished piece. For example, when the piece was completed, the edges of the shelves are painted blue.

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You can find lots more of Pam's collectibles and furnishings in my book, Hot Cottage Collectibles For Vintage Style Homes

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.

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  1. I love to do so. It gives a chic country spirit to a piece of furniture

  2. Diane thank you so much for writing about my cabinet! I am tweeting it too :)