Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Extreme Makeover Cabinet Edition

I have a hard time turning away used furniture.  If someone asks me, “hey do you want such and such”, I say sure without hesitation.  I don’t know why I do this and frankly it’s not like I have the room for it.  However, I take the free item and either use it, modify it, give it to someone who can use it, or donate it. 

My wonderful mother in-law is famous for offering me things.  GAH!  I just love her!  Seriously guys she’s awesome.  She is an extremely generous person and I’m lucky to have her.  In-laws are the side dishes of marriage.  I ordered a beef cake husband and he came with a side order of mother in-law.  She’s like a great side of steak fries that come with your burger.  Awesome! 

Enough about that though, there is a point in all this.  About a year ago, she gave me a curio cabinet that she no longer had the room for.  (I’m sure the actual story was she no longer liked it.)  She offered it to me and I snatched it up like a squirrel and a nut.  Trust me I didn’t know why I wanted the cabinet because it didn’t go with any of my stuff.  It was a dated brown oak-ish color and that is my least favorite oak-ish color.  IT NEEDED TO BE CHANGED!  I’m using my caps lock voice here people.  
I set out to change it and believe it or not this project began in the early fall when it was still rather warm out.  I dragged it out all this time because it was so DARN HEAVY and because the weather got icky.  So in the garage this thing sat primed and ready to go, until this past weekend. 

Initially when I primed this piece I used white primer because I was going to paint it white, but then I had an idea.  Poof if occurred to me that a white cabinet wouldn’t go with a thing I own, so black was the only option from then on. 

Here you can see the original "brown" and my attempt at white.

I primed the whole thing with a ruddy brown primer just because that’s what I had on hand, then over that went the satin black spray paint that I also had on hand.  I knew I wanted to display some of my white serving dishes in it so I painted the handles white to add contrast. 

Here the final result.  I love it!

Now I have a cabinet that was free and that I love and that serves a purpose and that looks chic and that’s why my mother in-law is all that and a bag of chips!

Nydia 8)

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  1. WOW...I hope your mother-in-law reads this blog! You are one lucky girl to have THAT kind of side-dish! :) ...oh, and great job on the cabinet too!

  2. Beautiful! I am in need of a curio, and this gives me hope that I can take something old and make it look modern.

  3. looks so better in black!


  4. It looks amazing. I love the black. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party tomorrow.
    More The Merrier Monday.


  5. I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  6. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life
    Food Display Cabinets

  7. not only do I love this project, I love how you compared your mother in law to steak fries! A compliment of the highest order, (at least in my world!) :)

  8. First visit here...bounced over from Green your Decor. I love this project, it is stunning in black! What a blessing to have a side dish in your life! I had two very generous sides as well and if Mom was referred to as a side of steak fries she would have giggled hysterically!
    Keep creating, I'll be back for a peak regularly!

  9. That cabinet looks like it was totally meant to be in your house all along! Great post!! Love your writing style. I'll be back for sure.

  10. haha! That was a great read about the MIL! I also can't turn down free furniture! Free anything, for that matter! This turned out great in black. I would just LOVE if you'd share this by linking up over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays on Kammy's Korner: http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/12/trash-2-treasure-tuesday-12.html

  11. Can you give info on the products you used and your step by step with this? I am so not crafty or a DIY gal, and I have a white curio that I wan black. Please and thank you!!!

  12. Hi GingerSnap88,
    This cabinet was laminate and when you have that situation, you need to use primer. I use Kilz because it stays on and it covers great! Once that dries you can paint it using a quality spray paint or hand paint. You will have to take the hardware off and cover the glass. I would allow at least 24 hours for the paint to cure each time you paint. Then reattach the hardware and you're good to go. I hope this helps. Thanks for checking out my blog and if you are interested in more DIY projects check out my new blog over at www.straightouttapinterest.com. Good luck!



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