French Graphic Cabinet Makeover

French graphic cabinet makeover by Girl in the Garage

Hi friend, how have you been?  The weather here has been driving me a little crazy; one day it’s snowing, then raining, then 50 degrees, then back to 30.  I love the warmer days but then my dogs’ feet get SO muddy outside!  Well that’s Indiana for you.  I’ve got a terrible case of spring fever – of course it didn’t help that I spent a few days in Jamaica and got spoiled by 80+ degrees every day.  And can you believe that Easter is only a few weeks away… in March this year?  I can’t even hardly wrap my head around it.  Where is this year going?!

Speaking of seasons, here’s something I finally got around to…  I bought this cabinet at a yard sale last summer.  (Yep, it’s been one of the reasons my garage was packed and we couldn’t get a car in there this winter!)  Even though I kind of liked the lighthouses, they weren’t my style so I knew I was going to paint over them.

Cabinet before painting.  Girl in the Garage

Cabinet top before painting.  Girl in the Garage

I decided to go with neutral colors and try my hand at transferring an image from The Graphics Fairy.   If you’ve never done something like this before, it’s not as easy as it seems – but then again, it was my first time.  First I painted the sides Wool Coat and then the top Safari Brown (both by Valspar), and then I picked out a very intricate French graphic and followed the directions for transferring.

Painted cabinet by Girl in the Garage

French graphic I chose for cabinet.  Girl in the Garage

Instead of craft paint and a small brush, I chose to use a paint marker which I will never use again- it might be alright for thicker lines but didn’t work well with the thin lines I was trying to duplicate.  In the end, after rubbing away some excess paint and distressing, I now have a vintage-looking French graphic cabinet.  It’s small enough to fit almost anywhere, so now to decide where it will look best…

French graphic cabinet by Girl in the Garage

Decor on cabinet.  Girl in the Garage

Closeup of French graphic - Girl in the Garage


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21 Comments on French Graphic Cabinet Makeover

  1. Sue
    March 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm (5 years ago)

    Great idea! Looks really nice!

    • Jen
      March 15, 2013 at 8:12 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Sue!

  2. Rachael
    March 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Jen, I LOVE this! I would have never thought to buy that cabinet in the first place, but it looks so good now!!

    • Jen
      March 15, 2013 at 8:12 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Rachael! Glad you stopped by for a visit. 🙂

  3. Megin
    March 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm (5 years ago)

    It looks great! I love the way the graphics came out ~ it makes it look older and more real 🙂
    Visiting from Diana Ramble’s Linky. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

    • Jen
      March 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Megin! I just stopped by for a visit too. 🙂

    • Jen
      March 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much Jane- I was definitely nervous to try it but now I want to find something else to transfer an image onto. I hope you do try it- good luck!

    • Jen
      March 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you- I definitely agree, I love anything French!

    • Jen
      March 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks for stopping by Alecia!

  4. Jocie@OPC The Better Half
    March 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, Jen!! You have great vision because that really started ugly! lol. Love the change!
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    • Jen
      March 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Jocie! LOL

    • Jen
      March 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm (5 years ago)

      That’s awesome- thanks so much Randi!

  5. Tina L Henderson
    December 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Jen, I love everything in your gallery! Bravo girl! I do love how this cabinet came out, also the lettering. But have you ever used Slide transfer paper? If not lol its paper you print any image on then spray 3 layers of either Krylon or Rustolum clear spray paint over it.with drying time between layers. After completely dry (lets use your lettering area as example) cut the empty area away, like around it. Then dip the whole thing in luke warm water and your image slides off the paper. Like a childs tattoo you may get at wamart lol. Cool right! Im not against hand lettering at all! But I just love this stuff!!!


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