Friday, December 7, 2012

Cabinet Makeover

A great friend brought me this little cabinet and wanted to do something fun with it. Well, it wasn't a very fun piece of furniture--a little drab and plain (she agreed!).

{Time for another confession:  I don't like oak.  There, I said it!  I've carried that dirty little secret around with me for far too long!  I don't like how heavy and open the grain is because it doesn't give a nice smooth surface for a great finish.  And I don't like the way it takes stain.  I have done some beautiful oak tops, but they are not my preference.  Please don't send me hate mail!!}

Anyway, my sweet friend said I could do whatever I wanted with it and she wanted it some version of Salmon for the color. 

 Yea! First, I just had to get rid of those hideous casters. I replaced them with these cute little legs I found at home depot. We had to change out the hardware on them to make them work, but it was an easy fix. Next, I had Craig (I just have to say, he is awesome and WAY TOO GOOD to me!!) trim out the doors with some thin molding I also found at HD (love that store!).  Finally, I just filled in all the extra holes and she was ready to prime and paint.  (I primed it in a dark brown, so when I distressed that would be what showed, not the medium color oak. :P)  

Actually, the grain on this piece wasn't too bad, so I didn't have to curse at it! ;)



Before




Trimmed out, new legs, and puttied...



After



After I painted I heavily distressed and then stained over it with Dark Walnut by Minwax to tone down the color (yah, it was bright!).

 Isn't she sweet??!







Check out the hardware!  I am IN LOOOVE!!



I love the texture of the distressing, the depth the glazing brings, and the hardware with this fun color!


color = Rejuvenate SW  (only if you're brave enough!!)


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30 comments:

  1. That is absolutely beautiful!!! Love the legs and LOOOVE the hardware!! wish you had a tutorial on this one!

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    1. Thank you Jamie! Whatcha want to know? :)

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  2. This is a prize-winning makeover. Awesome work!

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    1. Thank you Daena. New follower of yours! :)

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  3. Love it !! Where did you purchase the lovely hardware? Job well done!

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    1. My most favoritest place ever, Hobby Lobby!! :)

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  4. You'd never know this was the same piece. Very sweet!!

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  5. Are you kidding me? You turned that horrid piece of ugly into that gorgeous piece? Just amazing. Hard to believe it's the same.
    Karen

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    1. lol Karen, you actually made me feel sorry for it. :D

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  6. I've disliked oak all my life: kitchen cabinets, furniture, even some floors. Glad I'm not alone! You've transformed this wallflower into a belle.

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  7. This is fabulous! I love this color and the changes you made. It looks like a different piece.
    Ruth

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  8. I can't stand oak, either. This chest makeover? Seriously amazing.

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  9. I don't like oak either and I never would've guessed this could turn out to be such a lovely piece of furniture. Fun color too. Patti

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  10. This is sooo beautiful! I am in love!
    The color is just right!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Leticia

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    1. Thank you Leticia--she loved the color so I was happy! :)

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  11. wow, it looks like a completely different piece! love that fun coral color!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I was so happy to be able to do a bright color after my week of black!

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  12. Awesome work! This turned out beautiful. I like the added trim and the hardware. I wouldn't of thought of painting it that color but it looks great.

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  13. That little cup board is beautiful. I love the color. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  14. This is wonderful, I absolutely love it! I need to be a bit more creative with add ons like you, the trim and legs are perfect for it.

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  15. oh god I'm in looove with this piece too...what a great job and great inspiration.
    Bec x
    p.s how have I not found your blog before today?

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    1. Thank you Bec! I'm not sure, but I'm so glad you did! Thanks for following! :)

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  16. That is a cabinet I would have looked past with a groan. What a transformation. It's so cute now.

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  17. This is amazing! Beautiful cabinet and so many great tips. I had no idea we could buy new legs from Home Depot, I can't wait to try that. Thanks!!

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  18. I popped on over from MMS. What you did with the is simply amazing! I would never have believe it was the same piece if I had not seen the before and after's.

    QUESTIONS:
    1) Where did you get the legs? Where did you find the hardware, it looks vintage?

    Happy Holiday 2012/ From Small House / Big Sky Donna
    White Oak Studio Designs / Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: htt://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com


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    1. Thank you so much! I got the legs at Home Depot and the hardware at Hobby Lobby. :)

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  19. WOW! Now that's a great makeover!
    (p.s. - oak is not my favorite either)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  20. Wow Lisa, what an awesome transformation! And the color is perfect!

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