Does anyone else just wander through thrift stores? I spotted this table under a pile of old magazines and almost walked by without a second glance. I loved the legs and the simple carving detail so I figured it was a great candidate for a makeover. And then when I brought the tag to the counter, that particular day they were having an additional 40% off. Score!
Before the very important cleaning and sanding steps.
of the house. It’s much cooler on even the hottest days and fans help
move air around so it’s not too stuffy. Another change is how updated
and modern the house looks from the outside.
I snagged this cabinet for a deal on Craigslist almost a year ago. The woman who sold it to me told her father build it for her in the 1950’s to store her doll collection in. Even though it was too small for the space I wanted, I bought it because I could see the potential in the piece. Sorry for the rough pictures, I forgot to snap a pic before I deconstructed it.
Since the wood was covered in a dark mahogany stain, I first sanded the stain completely through to the bare wood. I used a damp cloth to clean off the dust and then it dry properly.
I did a coat of stain blocking primer (hello Kilz!) and let it dry for 24 hours. The wood just drank up the paint so I went back and made sure the entire thing was primed again before putting the white on.
Then I sprayed on a bright white by Rustoleum. Two coats in, the wood was still drinking up the paint! Yet another full can of paint was needed to cover. After that dried I took a sanding block and distressed some of the corners where natural wear would happen.
When my coats of paint were done I noticed that there was the wood stain stuck to the outer edges of the glass. I was hoping some acetone and q tips would take care of it but we are talking about 60 year old stain here. The only way I got it off was with a razor, lots of cursing and the mister finally scraping the last bits off.
I picked up these Anthropologie knobs awhile ago while they were on clearance. I wasn’t a huge fan of the gold color so I did a coat of nickel spray paint to match better with the hinges. They are so cute!
This is such a sweet little cabinet and I very pleased with the way it came out. It was already purchased and is my second official piece to be bought. YEAH!!
Be well friends.
I’ve mentioned several times that the house we bought is an early 1960’s ranch home. The entire house had gross brown paneling but one of the most offensive aspects was this brown, beige and BLACK fireplace. Also, notice the fireplace grille that is bright brass. The below picture was taken from the selling realtors website.
And here is what a coat of ultra white paint and a can of Rustoleum’s silver metallic paint can do!
I added a bit of fall with white pumpkins we got for .79 at Whole Foods. Can you spot the crown and bottle I got from Aetlier de Campagne?
We didn’t want to buy another grille so I sprayed this one silver. I like that this one has a bit of a floral motif on the bottom. The new silver color makes it look much more modern.
We are counting down the days until our open house and I’m so glad to have this project taken care of. Thanks husband!!