My Vintage Cabinet – Before & After

A few weeks ago I moved into my new home and studio and I´ve been super busy getting everything organized so it feels heartwarming and welcoming.

It´s a big house – almost 100 years old with beautiful features and plenty of charm, so styling it carefully is important to me.

After being focused on the family rooms for a while, I´ve finally been able to start the process of designing my new workspace/studio which I´ve decided to name Atelier Stillness.

I plan to host many workshops here in the future and the first one in May is almost sold out – only 1 seat left. I´m truly looking forward to this live workshop – it´s going to be an epic experience with fabulous creative women coming from all over the world! I can´t wait to meet them!

So you can imagine I want my studio to be inspiring to work in and also practical. The first thing I desperately needed was a closet for storing my props. I have too many props and I´ve been sorting them out – prioritizing which props fits my style the most.

I like my props where I can see them, so I can be inspired by their colors, shapes and textures. Therefore, I decided to get a glass vitrine cabinet. By coincident I found this old vintage cabinet while shopping at a secondhand store with my daughter.

I thought it was really ugly when I saw it in the shop, but I could see the potential in it and I honestly felt drawn to the cabinet….like we belonged together. So I decided to give it a chance.

I knew I wanted to paint it and I was going for a blue washed vintage mood – kind of like old Swedish style.

I mixed two colors; a dark blue and a purple and painted the cabinet. Then I took some white paint and used it for the inside. I cannot tell you HOW many hours it took me – but it was a lot! It was hard work but in the end I think it was worth it.

I played with different painting techniques to get the look I wanted and also used different types of wax to create the patina.

I´m very pleased with the result. It´s going to be beautiful and very practical to have in my studio. I hope you like it too.

PS. I forgot to put the last two handles on the drawer before I took these photos…as I said I´m slowly getting there…haha…

About Christina Greve

Christina Greve is a Lifestyle Photographer & Visual Storyteller, Soul Empowerment Coach, Educator & Self-Love Advocate. She helps heart-centered women, passion-driven makers and creative souls optimize life + make a living doing what they LOVE. She is known for her elegant storytelling photography and draw much of her inspiration from the Nordic countryside, travels, food and still life. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, blogs and books worldwide. After a decade of working with psychology and coaching, Christina´s passion for photography evolved into a full-time photography and coaching business. Today she runs a thriving + fast growing empire specializing in professional online training, motivating and engaging female photographers, designers, bloggers, makers + creative souls. She has coached thousands of fabulous women from more than 40+ countries.