Cabinet Transformation

Sometimes, one of the perks of  running my own color consulting/design business is unburdening my clients with a piece of furniture they no longer need or want.  Such was the case in March when one of my dear friends (and great client), Tracy gave me this cabinet.

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Welcome home, liquor cabinet.

My vision:  a liquor cabinet.   I’ve always wanted a liquor cabinet.  Neither I or my husband are big drinkers, but after watching three seasons of Downton Abbey, I was so ready for my own little setup.  So I carried it to my house.

I moved it into the dining room.  There it sat for a couple of months.  With some fake, red flowers.

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Looking a little colonial in here. Zzzzzzz……

I tried various arrangements.  I go all out.

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Better, but still zzzzz………..

I knew it needed a makeover, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I should approach it.

For a couple of months, it sat like this. Should I go neutral and make the room feel even more colonial?   Black?  Cream?   Nice, but somehow none of those choices seemed like the perfect choice.  The other furniture in the room?  A black dining room table, a black sideboard (that I painted in 2007),  black, modern pendants, a vibrant, red rug.

The wall  color?  Farrow and Ball‘s “Pigeon”  paint.  it’s a favorite of mine.

Check it out here.

All the trim, and another favorite of mine is “linen white” from Benjamin Moore.

Check it out here.

So, I did what any sensible paint color consultant would do.  I went with super glossy BLAZING ORANGE from Valspar (Lowe’s).

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My reason for orange?   A few, but let’s start with the inspiration.

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Inspired by those coral hues.

I bought this painting at Home Goods for $29 a few years ago.  I bought two of them, actually.   After painting the walls in pigeon and creating a calm atmosphere,  it needed some warm, accent colors.

That’s when my inspiration hit me over the head and I knew I was going to pick a color similar to this:

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Tucson coral leads the pack.

Only I didn’t make it to Ace Hardware, which carries Benjamin Moore paints,  this past weekend.  I went to Lowe’s.   It was time to check out this Valspar paint.  Like Gramma always said, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat….”

I picked up a few other items, including a $6.98 cabinet roller and tray, plastic drop cloth, and some painter’s tape.

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The transformation team.

It’s a good deal.   Valspar’s paints are available as primer/paint combination, too.  Saves you the time to prime.

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There’s even a $5 rebate for a gallon of paint.

But it didn’t save me.  I already started priming and sanding before I bought the paint.  I’m not a patient girl when it comes to projects.

I’ll walk through the steps.  My mother wants to know how I did this.

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The garage or basement is a better choice than outside. Bugs stick to paint.

I put on a pair of rubber gloves and went to town with some steel wool.   Much smoother.

And much grayer.   Next time, I might try fine sandpaper.  I used steel wool because I read somewhere professional furniture refinishers  prefer  steel wool. The finish is smoother.

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Not nearly as bumpy. It matters.

Wipe the piece really well with a soft, wet cloth.  I use an old toothbrush to clean up the hard-to-clean spots.  Let it dry completely.

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sanded with steel wool. Tape those knobs or take them off. I taped them.

I used two coats of primer.

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The transformation has begun!

I used a watercolor brush from a children’s watercolor paint set to get the tricky, smaller spaces.

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After one coat of primer.

After letting it dry for 24 hours, I could not wait to apply the orange paint.

Here’s the first coat.

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That’s blue painter’s tape on the knobs, Mom.

And here’s the main cabinet after two coats of glossy paint.   Great coverage.

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I’m loving this.

Once I figured out the paint color, I knew what kind of knobs I wanted.

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“Prismatic knob” from Anthropologie, $8

$8 from Anthropologie.  Well worth the investment.  I needed two.

Anthropologie has to be one of my favorite stores for knobs, hooks or pulls.

This is why.

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Just a sample of the many eye-catching knobs.

These and many more.   It’s hard to pick.

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You can spend a long time here. Bring a snack.

I like my choice.

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Almost there.

After letting it dry for another 24 hours,  I added some finishing touches.

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Not sure it’s suitable for the Earl of Grantham, but it works for Stephielou

One more angle.

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I love gray and orange together.

Must have the  before and after comparison.


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What do you think of the transformation?

10 thoughts on “Cabinet Transformation”

  1. Stephanie – I love it….that color/ knobs are gorgeous!!! Thanks again for your help with my screen porch….we all love the new arrangement!

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