Soap Stone & Limestone French Cabinet


February 29, 2016 by Terry

One would think that the less surface area to paint on a project the easier it would be …

NOT the case with this piece at all!

As innocent as this beautiful little cabinet looks, it really gave me some grief.  Because the glass on the sides and the door were nailed in with bamboo -type strips that appeared to be quite dry, I decided to play it safe and not try to remove them.  This meant that I would spend an hour or so just taping everything off and covering the glass with paper to protect it … inside and out! All the curves and details on the windows made this a challenging task in itself not to mention a test of my patience :)

Here is the before of this lovely cabinet.

Darlene's cabinet before

You can see where taping and papering these detailed doors and windows might take a bit of patience …

To give it an updated fresh new look I painted it with Fusion’s Soap Stone on the outside and Lime Stone on the inside.  The whole piece got 2 coats of Fusion’s Top Coat as well as this cabinet gets used daily and it needs to be durable.

I did sand this piece first and used Ultra Grip on it prior to painting it as the original surface was super smooth and had somewhat of a shine to it.  I wanted to ensure that the paint adhered properly.  The only thing I didn’t like about the Ultra Grip was that it makes your piece feel a bit textured if you aren’t careful when applying it.  It isn’t really self leveling.  None the less, it is helpful for adhering the paint to a shiny surface.

I think it turned out lovely.


The hardware got a coat of silver metallic paint as well and white wax was used to subtly highlight the carved detail at the bottom of the cabinet door.  I tried to give it this effect all the way around the door and side windows but it actually cheapened the look of the cabinet so I removed it leaving only the detail at the bottom.


There are glass shelves that go inside but they didn’t come to me with the cabinet so I couldn’t stage it the way I wanted to … but once they are in it takes this cabinet to a whole other level.  It’s owner has the most beautiful seaglass blue and green dinnerware that she stores in it and it looks stunning with the grey and creamy white cabinet.





I could have taken photos of this cabinet all day!  It’s so fresh now in it’s new dress!





I hope you have a great day!



If you missed Making broken Beautiful you can check out last week’s party here.

Sharing this cabinet at:

i should be mopping the floor

The Crowned Goat

The Interior Frugalista

French Country Cottage

Seeking Lavender Lane

Stone Gable

Katherine’s Corner


26 thoughts on “Soap Stone & Limestone French Cabinet

  1. Studio Paint Design says:

    i just love it Terry!! I like your sheet trick in front of the mirror …. I’ll have to try it …. it’s much easier than figuring out how to do it on photoshop (the bane of my existence)!
    Have a great day!!
    Maxine :)


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Maxine! I’m trying not to bring the furniture I do for others into the house for photos anymore. My back can’t take the hauling of the furniture upa and down the steps anymore:( I haven’t mastered “the Sheet” yet but I’m getting there! Thank you for popping by! I hope you have a great day!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Studio Paint Design says:

        I’m going to do the same thing this spring…. cleaning out the “studio” aka garage and will set up a photo staging area as you have. Thanks !! Please enjoy your day as well.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. so pretty!! until I read what you wrote I wondered what you would actually use it for. Shelves will be good lol.


  3. Mimi says:

    Terry, I can’t tell you what a relief it is to see something NOT painted white…lol! This is just stunning, and you’ve done yourself proud. Please come and share your beautiful work at Five Star Frou-Frou at A Tray of Bliss? We go live each Friday and we’d love to have your prettiness on show. Love, Mimi xxx


  4. Hi Terry, I’m loving the makeover and the color is dreamy! Two good gripping primers I use are Gripper and Stixx. Both adhere super, even on faux wood. I usually tint them light grey, which works extremely well when a light color like white paint and it’s easy on the dark paint too. Love this makeover!


  5. wonderful little cabinet makeover. I would hate to see it leave if I had done such a wonderful job redoing the painting on it. I’m sure it hurts to return it to its owner.


    • Terry says:

      It really does tug at my heart but at least I get to see it often as it belongs to a dear friend of mine. I know it’s living in a home that loves it! I hope you have a great day!


  6. OMG Terry! And you say I get beautiful pieces! That thing is dripping in elegance. I love the color and French style so much! Just gorgeous!


  7. This is gorgeous, Terry! The color are beautiful. We have a similar piece sitting in storage and you’ve inspired me to pull it out soon.


  8. wlstrj says:

    OMG Terry! And you say I get some good pieces! This is so beautiful and your transformation of the cabinet is so amazing! Great job!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you so much! I drool over the pieces you get to work on! Really! Wish there was that type of furniture around here! I hope you have a great day!


  9. The cabinet turned out beautifully. The elegance of the lines and the color are outstanding.


  10. I love French Vitrines–wish it was mine!


    • Terry says:

      Just looking up “vitrines” on Google …. I’ll get back to you ;) …. ha! I love that you have so much knowledge and proper terminology for things! I always learn from you! Thank you! I hope you have a great day!


  11. It’a beautiful Terry! Love the color and you use of white wax in just the right places. Pinning to share ☺


  12. Terry, this piece is stunning! I love the color you chose, so elegant. I’ve never used ultra grip before but i have a piece I’m working on now that is about to send me over the edge. nothing that i’ve tried so far is working so i’m going to give ultra grip a go. Thanks so much for the tip! Hugs, CoCo


    • Terry says:

      Thank you CoCo for the sweet comment! This was the first time I tried the ultra grip and I think it really helped. I hope you have a great day!


  13. I love this! I was always afraid to paint antiques. Now I wonder why? This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things blog hop!


    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Follow on Instagram

The other day I let my daughter drive us home after being away. I was absolutely exhausted from life in general. This was the view from my passenger window... a beautiful reminder to slow down and listen to God’s whispers... He’s got this. #listentothewhispers #godsgotthis #bestillandknow #thatstillsmallvoice #heismystrength
So proud of these girls! Congratulations Haileybear and Brittany! #sweetsuccess #allgrownup #newchapter #bestfriends #graduation #thecuratorscollection #soproudofyou
And just like that it is done! What it beautiful day we had celebrating our baby girl! #graduation #beautifulday #notredamehighschool #growinguptoofast #loveher
cap and gown 🎓 ceremony done... now onto the good stuff!!! THE DRESS! 🙌🏻👏🏻🎓 .... can’t wait to see my beautiful girl in her dress! 💝 #graduation #babygirl #allgrownup #soproud #beautiful #loveher
... and she doesn’t think she’s pretty! ??? So proud of this girl! Baby number two is graduating from high school this coming Saturday… Where has the time gone? She has definitely been our “wild card” from the very beginning! So full of energy and always ready to help wherever it is needed. She is ambitious and fun and has an amazing heart! We know she will be successful in anything she does. What a gift she has been to our family! #proud #beautiful #strong #loveofmylife #blessed #loved #congratulations #graduation #bestfriendsforever #modelmaterial
Happy Monday friends! I know I haven’t posted anything for quite some time but as I sit here this evening I feel it’s time to share a bit more of what has been happening for the last few months. Most of you don’t know this but for the last 11 months I have been slowly learning the technical side of my family’s business. For the past 43 years my parents have invested their blood sweat and tears making our family business such a huge success. (@globefootwearltd ) I am privileged and honoured to be able to carry that on for them. 11 months ago I took a leap of faith and left everything I was comfortable with to come and carry on our family heritage. Our children were brave enough to leave their friends and their school in order to support their mom in keeping the family heritage alive. Today I am proud to say that while I still have much to learn, I am happy that we took that leap. It truly is an amazing journey and a hard (at times challenging) one at that… But with God’s grace and strength we will carry through for continued success! God is good! I’m still loving furniture makeovers and when I can, I still enjoy DIY and sharing what I make… But for now… I have to take a step back from that part of my life and focus on what is before me. I hope you will stay, and follow along in my journey. We have a new home where we are and are wanting to put our style mark on it… I know there are a few stencilling projects in our future ;-) I will share more with you soon. You can follow along on my business journey too at @globefootwearltd ❤️😊 #newlife #newfriends #newbusiness #newadventures #shoestore #familybusiness #heritage #myheritage #godisgood #strengh #godsgrace #globefootwearltd

You May Also Like:

I’ve been featured on these amazing websites:

Revival Monday

Feathered Nest Friday

Orphans With Makeup

Painted and repurposed vintage and antique furniture. DIY . Home decor.

Redo It Yourself Inspirations

... Making Broken Beautiful

She Holds Dearly

Just another site

Found This Painted That

Decorating Solutions for the Dollar Challenged

painted by kayla payne


Canary Street Crafts

Furniture Makeovers, Crafts & Home Decor

The Wood Spa by Pat Rios

Furniture Refinishing - Herndon, VA


Small Home...Big Style

q is for quandie

from a vintage vantagepoint.

The Interior Frugalista

... Making Broken Beautiful

Orphans With Makeup

Painted Furniture, vintage goods, DIY

French Country Home Decor, Party Decor Ideas, Painting Tips

Casual elegant home decor for the collected moments in your life.

Dont save it for a special occassion; use your best vintage daily.

Saw Nail and Paint

Lovingly refinished furniture, vintage and thrifted home decor, urban farming and city chickens

Katherines Corner

Popular over 50 DIY blogger, lifestyle, inspiration, giveaways, faith, midlife stories, recipes, product influencer ,home décor, bridal shop

Freddy & Petunia

heirloom-quality CABINETS for CHILDREN -and- many other rePURPOSED PROJECTS built in the PAGE 10 Studio!

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint

Currently Available in 18 Gorgeous Colors


Decorating solutions for the dollar challenged.

August Blues Slipcover Studio

Slipcovers, diy, and other musings

PicMonkey Blog

Tutorials, Tips and News from Your Favorite Photo Editor

Trois Petites Filles

... Making Broken Beautiful

RoadKill Rescue

Trash to Treasure projects




... Making Broken Beautiful

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

anderson + grant

... Making Broken Beautiful

DIY Show Off ™ - DIY Decorating and Home Improvement Blog

Budget Friendly Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement and Decorating blog


Crafting Cooking Creating

West Furniture Revival

... Making Broken Beautiful

Velvet & Linen

... Making Broken Beautiful


American Farmhouse Living

Dreamy Whites

... Making Broken Beautiful


... Making Broken Beautiful

Miss Mustard Seed

Move Mountains In Your Home

%d bloggers like this: