Depression Era China Cabinet

Vintage china cabinet painted in Napoleonic Blue chalk paint


I finally finished the china cabinet that I mentioned in a previous post. Actually it was finished a couple of weeks ago, but I just got around to taking photos today. This is the china cabinet that has been parked in my entryway for over a year, and I am so happy to finally have this project finished!

Before

The china cabinet was manufactured by The Bassett Furniture Company and is marked "520 China". My guess is it is circa early 1900's (1920's or early 1930's). The piece overall is sturdy and in good working order. Other than the beautiful veneer on the drawer front, the remaining veneer was in poor condition. Most of the decorative trim had broken pieces. When I purchased the cabinet the glass was cracked, so I had a local glass company install new glass. 

Vintage Bassett Furniture Company China Cabinet.
Vintage Bassett Furniture Company China Cabinet.
I know it looks grand in the "before" condition. But it was actually kind of a mess.

The stamp reads, "BASSETT FURN CO
520 CHINA"
The interior was worn and dated.
The interior was worn and dated.
There was damage to the finish throughout the china cabinet.
There was damage to the finish throughout the china cabinet.
The veneer was crumbling off in pieces and required extensive repairs.
The veneer was crumbling off in pieces and required extensive repairs.
I used a lot of wood filler to fill in many of the broken and missing pieces.
I used a lot of wood filler to fill in many of the broken and missing pieces.


Normally I make all repairs, paint, and then distress and age the piece. But this time I decided to work with the imperfections. So I focused on only making the absolutely necessary repairs such as removing the loose veneer. I made repairs to some of the broken decorative trim and left some broken pieces as-is. So instead of trying to make it look brand new and shiny, I think the overall feel of the final finish is a well-loved older piece of furniture.

After

The color scheme I chose is Napoleonic Blue and Cream with accents in Graphite (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products). I sanded the entire piece (interior and exterior) then added a lightly distressed finish and an antique glaze along with dark wax.  Subtle highlights of gold were added to the decorative trim and hardware. I love how these colors contrast with each other! Overall I think the final piece has a regal stature without being too stuffy. 


Painted in Napoleonic Blue with cream interior. Staged with a vintage set of Meito China.
Painted in Napoleonic Blue with cream interior.
Staged with a vintage set of Meito China.
The bottom portion of the china cabinet has a drawer for extra storage.
The bottom portion of the china cabinet has a drawer for extra storage.
Close up of decorative trim pieces on the drawer. Painted in Napoleonic Blue.
Close up of decorative trim pieces on the drawer.
Painted in Napoleonic Blue.
The decorative details on the china cabinet are amazing.
The decorative details on the china cabinet are amazing.
The drawer is deep and offers lots of additional storage.
The drawer is deep and offers lots of additional storage.
Turned front leg with beautiful detailing.
Turned front leg with beautiful detailing.
The barrel top of the china cabinet was painted in Graphite.
The barrel top of the china cabinet was painted in Graphite.
The barrel top provides just enough room for an additional shelf at the top for storing smaller pieces.
The barrel top provides just enough room for an additional shelf at the top for storing smaller pieces.

Three additional shelves provide lots of storage space.
Three additional shelves provide lots of storage space.
The broken applique is not as noticeable with the painted distressed finish.
The broken applique is not as noticeable with the painted distressed finish.

Vintage hardware. Painted in Graphite, distressed and gold highlights added. It looks lovely against the Napoleonic Blue background.
Vintage hardware. Painted in Graphite, distressed and gold highlights added.
It looks lovely against the Napoleonic Blue background.

Vintage door knob.
Vintage door knob.


Napoleonic Blue pairs beautifully with Cream (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint).
Napoleonic Blue pairs beautifully with Cream (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint).
The color is regal without being too stuffy. Napoleonic Blue, Graphite, & Cream (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)
The color is regal without being too stuffy.
Napoleonic Blue, Graphite, & Cream
(Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)
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