Touching Up The China Cabinet {top} Vignette

It’s been early January since I’ve tweaked the vignette on top of the china cabinet in the dining room…

china cabinet top vignette

Here’s how it looked. So… apparently… it was time.

01 top of china cabinet frames before

And since I’ve been in a bit of a sanding frenzy lately, I pulled down the frames and dragged them out in my front yard to sand them back. [Is it odd that I love to take old things and reinvent them to be something fresh and new…. But I love to take new-looking things and sand them back to look old?? Go fig.]

02 top of china cabinet hydrangeas cut

Although my hydrangeas have been doing quite well up there for an age and a half, I decided to cut some new ones from the garden.

03 top of china cabinet hydrangeas arrange

I stripped the stems of their leaves and arranged the flowers in the two vases. [On a side note, I made a simple DIY floral “frog” over the openings of the vases to hold my arrangement in place. Have you ever made one? Easy-peasy to make a grid with just scotch tape!]

04 top of china cabinet clear gloss spray

Then I set and preserved my arrangements with a little handy-dandy spray gloss. Now they will not brown. [I wrote a post on this simple way to preserve hydrangeas here.]

01b top of china cabinet frames after

The frames now have the perfect bit of age and patina for me. WIN!

04b top of china cabinet frames hydrangea afros

I love the more abundant bouquets, too. Umm… even though every time I look over at them, I think, “Those vases have green afro wigs on.”

05 top of china cabinet frames silver covered dish

I pulled this covered dish (and a similar-style jug and tray out of the cabinet because I never use them and they aren’t really my style. I thought about (and am still considering) turning the top of the covered dish over and using it as the top of a three-tier tray, with the bottom of the dish as the middle piece, and the tray as the bottom… I still may… We’ll see…

05 top of china cabinet frames silver tray and jug

But I decided to add the tray and jug to the top of the cabinet for now. [Um, and yes, I am using granola bar boxes to prop up one of the frames and the tray so more of them shows above the lip of the top of the cabinet.]

And I like it! Who knew?

06 top of china cabinet from foyer'

So there you have it! The whole shebang.

06 top of china cabinet from table

Wheeeeee!

rearranging the top of the china cabinet

So here’s the before…

06 top of china cabinet from foyer'

…and the after. Just a little freshen up. 🙂

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You might like to follow the other china cabinet adventures…

LINK diy tips & tricks how to paint furniture

LINK rearranging the top of the china cabinet

LINK before and after the craigslist china cabinet goes blue

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3 responses to “Touching Up The China Cabinet {top} Vignette

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