Some of you thought I was ‘cray cray’ when I sold a piece that was in my study, but I can assure you I am still in control of my faculties. Really. It’s just that I fell in love with this really old, old French gray cabinet. It’s very old and I love the gray finish too.
Here’s what used to be in here. I love this piece but I didn’t think the mahogany finish went with all of the gray, and to keep it meant I would need to paint it.
Well, sure I could have painted it, but I was so drawn to this gray cabinet, I couldn’t say no.
I don’t think you can tell from the photos, but the fluting on the new cabinet goes beautifully with the fluting on the bookcases.
These antique cabinets seem to always have an old key to make them even more special.
I recently found these 3 old wavy glass jars at Round Top. I really like them in here.
Since my husband uses this office also, I tried to not make it too frilly. And so there you have it. A new French cabinet to replace the old one. In case you are keeping score, I sold the old one and I made $250 in the sale. The new cabinet was $500, so really it just cost me $250. Yes I know I lost money on the deal, but if you are going to keep pointing that out, we’re not going to get along very well, hee, hee.
When you buy what you love (and can afford it), it’s worth every penny. I know if passed it up and it was gone when I went back for it as I inevitably would, I’d be kicking myself. The cabinet looks like it was made for your space with the fluting and color–bravo!
At Rivercrest Cottage says
You have such a beautiful home. I love the new cabinet. I think of it as upgrading for not much money, that way you didn’t lose money on the transactions. That’s how I justify everything to my husband!
I think you made the right decision on the cabinet. I love the new old one and I think it looks perfect in the room.
The new cabinet is beautiful Anita and love the color.
Once again, perfection!
Tina @ What We Keep says
There is no silencing the call from a piece of furniture that needs you. 😉
Penny @ The Comforts of Home says
I love the grey cabinet. It looks wonderful there.
It is luvly in the office. I always say, if it makes you (and your pocket book) happy, go for it. There is no price on what makes you happy. Beautiful !
Sorry to burst the bubble but, I like the other one better. The other one was French, a nice shape and had good wood color. The new one is nice and attractive but all said, it is a painted piece of furniture. Painted furniture has comes and goes and then returns. I like the new piece but, I think the buyer of the older one got the deal.
Bara, well my friend that bought it was very excited to get the piece I got rid of! The previous piece was lovely, but the truth is it was not solid wood. I know you couldn’t tell in the photos, but I don’t think the doors were even real wood. The gray one is an antique and real wood. The gray piece can be refinished and stripped if I want to, but the other piece could not. They are both pretty pieces in my book. It was just a matter of my wanting a real antique instead of the new (not wood) piece. I totally get where you are coming from though. I think people throw away gorgeous old pieces because they don’t like the stain. I see that a lot. And I often buy that furniture at the thrift store. 🙂
Isn’t it amazing how things always manage to keep looking better and better? The lighter grey color of the wood looks beautiful in your room and I love you bottle trio!
Have a great weekend, Anita!
What is it about those lovely tassels that make something that looks so good already so much more??? I am digging out the key to our old bookcase adn buying a tassel! Thanks for the insertion.
I love the new cabinet. I love all of the painted furniture you see these days, but I hate taking something that has such a nice finish on it (like your old cabinet) and messing it up. It’s easy enough to slap on a coat of paint, going back to a stained finish is not so easy! I am looking for a cabinet this size too, I saw somewhere it was called a maid’s cabinet, do you know if that is correct? It’s hard to look for something when you don’t know the proper name! “Tall cabinet” is just too broad! I think you made the right decision, you wouldn’t have been happy otherwise!
I’m not sure what the cabinet is called, but I hope you find one Jennifer!
It’s perfect! I love it. And it sounds like you made a great deal to me!
Anita I think you made a great choice and when something appeals to you that much it means you have to grab it and bring the piece home. I noticed the fluting matching, what a lucky match.
I love your new cabinet….looks great in your study….Good job.
I love your new cabinet, its gorgeous. I also love your old cabinet, do you know that would look great painted with maybe a small Moroccan/ethnic style stencil in the middle of both the doors. I have been looking at next years design forecast and it is very much ethnic, the shape of those doors would be perfect.
I absolutely love your office, mine is almost finished, albeit way smaller than yours and I wish I had built ins :(. I have had my desk against two walls, off one wall into the room and now seeing your room I am wondering if I should put it entered but it is only a small room. I have some latest update photos on my blog but not yet shown the entirety. I also love your glass bottles, I am looking for a large French olive jar but the bottle idea might work for the vignette I am trying to create…very inspiring, thank you so much for sharing.
I like both your new and old cabinets 🙂 I do think the new one fits your decor better. I love, love, love those wavy glass bottles!
I adore the new cabinet in your office space!!!
Here On Crooked Creektt, I continually do the furniture shuffle and “resale”!!!
Although we have definite design taste, I do believe that those taste evolve over time!
Every once in a while, I like to bring something “new” to the mix!!!
You’ve done a fabulous job!
Cheryl @ Artzzle says
Both versions are very nice, and it sounds like both of you ladies are happy, so that’s great!
Wishing a wonderful weekend for all.
Just beautiful, love the gray painted one, I would have done the same! Those bottles are gorgeous too!
You’re right…the fluting works really well with the bookcases. And I love the gray. Good decision!