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.
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.
I tried various arrangements. I go all out.
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).
My reason for orange? A few, but let’s start with the inspiration.
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:
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.
It’s a good deal. Valspar’s paints are available as primer/paint combination, too. Saves you the time to prime.
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.
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.
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.
I used two coats of primer.
I used a watercolor brush from a children’s watercolor paint set to get the tricky, smaller spaces.
After letting it dry for 24 hours, I could not wait to apply the orange paint.
Here’s the first coat.
And here’s the main cabinet after two coats of glossy paint. Great coverage.
Once I figured out the paint color, I knew what kind of knobs I wanted.
$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.
These and many more. It’s hard to pick.
I like my choice.
After letting it dry for another 24 hours, I added some finishing touches.
One more angle.
Must have the before and after comparison.
What do you think of the transformation?