Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Whimsical Makeover: The Understated Cabinet Edition

Have you ever felt like people don't really see you? Do you blend in with your surroundings? It doesn't feel very good. If cabinets had feelings, that is what this dark and dated cabinet would have felt.
There are no defining characteristics. The hardware is average. One of the door is slightly crooked. It's highlight was 2 nice drawers inside. I had been looking at this cabinet collecting dust at a local store for almost 8 months. 

I wanted it (because plain is my style) but wasn't ready to commit. Boy am I glad I did...

 Oh yeah... Did I mention that someone had colored on it in Sharpie Marker? Did I mention that I had to pop most of the veneer off? 

I transformed it from dark and dated to light and captivating. I used my favorite ASCP Old White on the trim. Then I used Coco, French Linen and Old White on the doors. I painted a heavy coat of the darker colors and streaked through the Old White while it was still wet.  Then I finished with Clear and Dark wax.

I wish I had taken more pictures but in the craziness of finishing 5 pieces last week...I forgot.

This is one of my all time favorites because it is so "me". However, it sold very quickly at the Flea Market last weekend. 

Don't pass up those that lack character. Create your own character.

Linking Up To:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
My Romantic Home
The Shabby Nest
Finding Home
Funky Junk Interiors
Mod Vintage Life
 Coastal Charm
Shades of Amber
Primitive and Proper
Savvy Southern Style
The Rooster and The Hen


  1. That was definately ready for a makeover!!
    It looks so much fresher and modern now, great job!!
    Congrats on it's sale!!

  2. super cute! i love the simple style of this piece and elegant lines.

  3. I love the transformation! I understand your feelings before I had some of the same before plunging right in!

    I hope you will come and see my New ASCP projects!
    Art by Karena

  4. Well if this cabinet had feelings I bet he'd be so happy someone finally showed some love! Your hard work definitely paid off.

  5. I just love the size and style of it so much! You made it beautiful!! :)

  6. YOur piece has a whole new light and bright life! Sounds like it took a lot of work to transform it to it's new pretty self!
    Great job!

  7. This looks lovely. I hope you will visit me at My Dream Canvas. Have a lovely weekend.

  8. What a great transformation! Still understated, but it doesn't lack style or beauty! Love it!

    Take care,