Disclaimer since I know some people are going to freak that I painted this cabinet. I bought it for SUPER cheap because it was already broken. Because if someone has a piece of crap furniture that is broken they offer it to me because everyone knows I LOVE broken junk. Then we moved the cabinet to America and it got even more broken. To fix it took a lot of wood glue and wood fill and there was no way to replicate the finish so I just painted it. Plus I didn't love the red. It is NOT an antique so it's okay.
Wow an entire paragraph of excuses!
Here is the before.
There were quite a few chunks missing that had to be wood filled.
After! I LOVE it. The stenciling was pretty but I have a much simpler style and it was just too ornate for my house. I was so afraid to paint this piece but I'm so glad I did.
I didn't sand it because I had no idea what the finish was before. I started with Glidden gripper primer and followed it up with like 3 coats of Sherwin Williams latex enamel in Rainwashed. It took FOREVER to paint because the big butterfly doesn't come off so I had to do around the butterfly with a teeny tiny craft brush.
Here's the living room before.
The other projects:
Living room pillows
And just to keep it real this is what my toddler did RIGHT after we moved the finished piece back.
She scribbled ALL over it with a colored pencil. Hard enough to gouge the barely dry paint. UGH!! A few coats of paint later and it was pretty...again!