I have some really pretty tea sets that I’ve bought over the years and since we’ve moved to France I’ve managed to buy some soupières for a couple of euros each. I wanted to display them, yet even though there are some glass display cases in the salon I wanted the soupière at least to go in the dining room. When we arrived there was this cupboard here….
I hated it as it looked so functional and odd just there on the wall (I kept expecting to find an electric circuit behind it it as so utilitarian to my eyes). As I wondered what to do – change the handles? Add some decorative mouldings on the doors? Or some above the casing? – I came across a bargain in my local Centrakor. There on the shelves was some paint for walls and wood that cost just 1,99€ in the perfect shade of blush pink. I knew immediately that it would reflect the colours in my Nativity medallion and, as paint is extremely expensive in France, I couldn’t resist.
That’s when I started to think that perhaps I didn’t need the doors at all. I tested the paint on the inside door and, convinced as to how fantastic it would look, the doors were off and painting seriously begun.
I made sure that I left four hours in between coats and the recommended 24 hours before I placed anything on the shelves – there have been so many times I’ve not let paint cure properly and when I’ve put something on them they’ve proved tacky. It’s a worry when you’re trying to pull China away from a shelf, believe me.
A simple upgrade – what do you think?