Wednesday, July 6, 2011

From Drab to Fab!

I finally got to do what I love best, paint furniture!  A few weeks back I found a small two-drawer cabinet at the thrift store.  It was originally $10 but it was 50% off day so I got it for $5!

 
Although it was a bit grungy it had good bones.  I really liked the design especially the cute pearl-like detailing around the drawers.


Most of the detailing on both the sides of the cabinet were broken off so I decided to remove what remained and leave the sides plain.


Here I am with a chisel and hammer to chip the remaining detail off the sides.  We have smaller chisels but for some reason I thought this was a job for our gigantic chisel??


After removing the side detailing I used a nail set to knock the remaining nails below the surface of the wood.


I used wood filler to fill in the nail holes and any dents in the wood.  I then did a quick sanding to smooth out the wood filler, old glue, and to rough up the surface of the wood before priming.

I then applied two coats of Martha Stewart paint in "Peony".  I also painted the cabinet hardware with spray paint in "oil-rubbed bronze".

And here it is our fabulous new cabinet!


And look at the detailing!  Isn't it cute!


It found a home in our front bedroom.  I'm planning on incorporating some coral colored-items to go with the light blue for a beachy/ocean type vibe.

For a look something like this:

color combos - orange
spaces design

 
by John Wiley featured in House Beautiful. Photo credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo 

 My cabinet is a little more on the pink side but I wanted more of a coral color than orange to match some fabric I plan to make a pillow from.


So that's the plan for the front bedroom.   Woohoo for furniture painting!


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16 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so cute! i love that color- it is so pretty! i love that color combo, too- the coral and beachy aqua- it's so pretty and fun!

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

What a bargain! I can't believe you got that for only $5. And the transformation is amazing. The pink/coral color is so cute, and different from all the white paint jobs out there! Love your inspiration pics too. Aqua and coral are one of my favorite color combos. Found you at The Shabby Chic Cottage, and now I'm off to check out the rest of your blog.

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that your nightstand reminds me of one I just painted for our bedroom. I used turquoise. Hop on over and check it out, if you're interested: http://www.imbusyprocrastinating.com/2011/06/bedroom-update-turquoise-nightstand.html

Melissa and Scott said...

I just painted two nightstands very similar to yours RED (although I must say, yours has cuter details).

Peony is such a pretty color and it turned out fantastic!

Linda said...

Thanks Everyone!
Linda :o)

Cynthia said...

This looks great! I love the colour!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

How cute! I love the piece alone and you've made it even better:) I found you at Creations by Kara, great post.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I so appreciate you linking up this wonderful post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Jody said...

I adore that color! Great job!

Nan said...

I love the table! I love the color! I even love the NAME of the color! You did a wonderful job!

WhyCuzICan said...

Visiting from MMS Linky Party tonight :)

Super cute! Nice color and you have a nice eye for details :)

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

It looks so pretty~ just perfect!

A Lived in Home said...

It's gorgeous darling!! My daughter would love it in her room even though she's only 1!!

Linda@www.ourlovelybungalow.com said...

Thanks! That's what I thought too, the color would go perfectly in a little girl's room. Thanks again!

Ranger 911 said...

WOW! I can't believe you got it for that price and turned it into a real jewel! Love the color; it really brings out the detail. I better look twice at some of the pieces I've been passing up. vickie

Our Back Porch said...

What a deal! You have made it FABULOUS, for sure! Have a lovely weekend!

Waving from Our Back Porch,
Rebecca

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