Paris Grey Etagere {China Cabinet}

I shared last week about the wonderful antique etagere that we found during our barn treasure hunt…..I thought I would share the finished project!

Here’s how we found her…inside the barn at this wonderful place…..

Found treasure - Vintage Etagere

You can check out some more before pictures here.

Painted with Paris Grey Chalk Paint…..

painted etagere

And filled with white dishes……

paris grey etagere main paris grey cabinet white dishes inside cabinet white dishes in etagere paris grey china cabinet

I did not use any wax on this piece, but I did slightly rough it up a bit.

We are loving it! It looks perfect in the dining room, and has opened up so much cabinet space in the kitchen when we took all the white dishes out of the cabinets.

Now…you know what I’m thinking.


You’ve got it.

I want to paint the walls.

I have some fun ideas……

This may or may not be a form of insanity.

I’ve always thought sanity was really overrated, anyway.

What are you up to?


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Vintage Etagere {China Cabinet}

A few weeks ago I shared how we were so very honored to be special Memory Keepers…you can read about it here.

If you follow me on Instagram you have been a part of seeing some of the wonderful treasures that we have been gifted with. {If you’d like to follow on instagram here’s my handle: cottageintheoaks}

We now have a huge storage room full of wonderful vintage and antique furniture and items that we have lots of fun ideas of what we’d like to do with……here’s  a look at the first one that we’ve tackled.

Here she is…when we found her.

Found treasure - Vintage Etagere

Forlorn. Standing on her head. Needing a bath and some TLC.

How do I know she was a she? It was the curvy legs.

She was missing her door…but that didn’t bother us a bit.

Found treasure - Vintage Etagere

Here she is in her new home….the dining room. Handsome has repaired her badly damaged, curvy leg…and built her two new shelves, and a new bottom, since her original ones were missing.

Vintage Etagere

We’ve scrubbed and cleaned her up….and was so happy to find out she has vintage, wavy glass! We’ve been letting her settle into her new surroundings for a few days now….and this week she will be getting a coat of Paris Grey. She’s excited.

Vintage Etagere

And then she will be the keeper of all of our white dishes and serve ware.

Vintage Etagere

Can’t wait to show you the finished product! {Actually, I can’t wait to see it myself.} 😉

What are you up to this week?



Cottage Dining Room……

I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving……I think I will be full for the next week or so! It was the first Thanksgiving in my whole life that I didn’t have my grandmother. It was very strange and I didn’t know that it would affect me like it did.

While we are in full swing of decking the halls over here I thought I would share our dining room since I shared our bathroom last week.

This is a room that changes fairly often …. as far as what is on the sideboard that Handsome built at the beginning of the year and our farmhouse table.  You can find our post on the sideboard here.

I love this vintage sap bucket……….

Our farmhouse table was a gift…..well, it was something that a school was going to clean out.  *Ahem* So, we were more than happy to clean it out for them. We’re nice like that.

The little chair is an antique from my grandmother’s.  It is called a pouting chair.  Old school for ‘time out chair’.

The ceiling fixture is actually a large outdoor hanging lantern/pendant that we use for our dining room light fixture.  I love oversized fixtures for dining rooms. I also love them in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, offices, bathrooms……….

I hope you are having a great start to your week! Anyone else started decorating yet?


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New Built-In Dining Room Sideboard……

Back in the autumn I shared about how we store away

a lot of our stuff for seasonal entertaining, etc.

You can find that post here.

The people that built our cottage obviously did not

like to cook….our kitchen has very little storage,

a microscopic pantry, and hardly any counter space.

Hard to believe…because our home is an authentic

Acadian cottage…built to historic specifications.

Hard to believe the kitchens were not larger…

Acadians loved to cook!  They were French, after all.

So, even though we love our little French cottage

there was no where to store kitchen equipment, etc.

We came up with the idea to extend our dining room storage

solution and turn it into a built-in that spans the entire side

wall of our dining room…..which is right off the kitchen

and very convenient.

Handsome surprised me and built it for my birthday!

Get ready…there’s lots of pics.

I knew that we would have to completely empty the current

sideboard/storage….so I went ahead and pre-medicated:

4 Advil and a big glass of sweet tea. Whew!

All empty….we moved the current ‘table’ all the way down

to make room for the new addition.

We stained the top in Special Walnut.

And then began organizing all the stuff…and adding

the new items that needed a home.

Handsome hid a copper pipe for a curtain rod under the front

lip of the top and I made five linen panels to cover

everything up.  By having five panels there are several

slits that can slide open to access whatever we

need to get.

Here’s the finished product…

{the table….I haven’t finished with what will go on top.}

I’m loving it!  Both of us are organization freaks… not

being able to get to our food processor, Belgian waffle maker,

slow cooker, etc. was driving us crazy.

Now they are easily accessible.

OK…one big project down, 572 more to go. 🙂

The entire cost of this project was under $100.

It will also be fabulous for parties…..

16 feet of tabletop for food, drinks…whatever!

Thanks, Handsome….I love my birthday present!

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