Friday, May 2, 2014

Cabinet Makeover

While I was absent from blog land last year Steve and I did a little picking.  One day I happened to be on Craigslist and saw an ad for a used furniture store in Danville Ohio.  They had posted some pictures of some really great furniture.  Yeah, yeah, I know I have enough as it is, but I still wanted to go check it out.  The pictures were very enticing.  A girl can never have enough primitive furniture. LOL.  Though I have quite a few things in my garage at the moment that aren't being used. Again I say you can never have enough prim furniture.  I'm always changing things out.  Anyway,  one of the things I picked was this cabinet.


You all know I don't use too many white things in my décor.  It's just not me. But I knew as soon as I saw it I HAD to have it because the price was awesome.  I figured I could always change the color of it or wipe some stain on it to tone it down.  Of course I had no idea where I would use it but you know how the rest goes.  Well, it sat in my garage for a few days before I figured out what to do.  If I painted it the only color I could come up with was black.  I am really trying to get away from newly painted furniture and go with either old chippy paint or wood tone.  So I decided....

 
to strip it.  As you can see I did take the doors off the cabinet.  I like doors but these were going to be a bear to try and strip.  Lucky for me it was a two piece cabinet.  Unlucky for me the two pieces wood did NOT match once they were both stripped!  It was a married couple that someone painted the same color to match.  So, remember that tid bit of info.  If you have two different pieces and want to use them together and want them to look the same paint them the same color.  So after several days of stripping and sanding this is how they look now...

 
Yes, there is till some white on them.  I don't mind it though because I think it gives it character.  I like using them separately.  I tried stacking them together but it was just too big in my living room. I know the picture below is hard to see with all the furniture in front of it and it really is not red like in the picture.  I had to use a flash on my camera today because it is a little overcast.   It really is a dried out wood look.
 
 
Remember, when you are out picking, that paint colors can always be changed if you don't like it.  That being said if it is original paint or milkpaint I would never think of painting or stripping a piece.  But if you find a great deal all it takes is a little elbow grease to turn it into something you'll love.

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1 comment:

nancy huggins said...

very nice and I love finding old things. I just found a cute cabinet but it is also in garage waiting until we move and it is white and go with some other things I have but still not sure what I will do to it or with it. Time will tell but something to look forward to :)