Once upon a time (about 3 years ago) I bought a sweet little cabinet at Goodwill for $13. That cabinet has seen a couple of coats of paint and a whole lot of use in that time, but I wanted to really bring it to life and turn it into the striking piece it should have always been. It’s a simple little cabinet, but it works great, has a classic look that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of, and fits perfectly in about 99 places in my home. When I decided to try to give my living room a makeover for very little money, I knew that a cabinet makeover was one of the things I knew would be on my list.
This was the cabinet as is when I purchased it. Plain old brown, finish wasn’t in good condition, but I made it work.
First I painted it gray, and while I loved the gray it was kinda like the pretty girl at the beginning of a movie before she gets the makeover and becomes all hawt. I knew it could be better. Plus, honestly, I was too scared at the time to do anything bold (anywhere in my whole house) and realized that I needed to get over myself. Seriously. Neutrals have a time and place, but rarely do they catch your attention and make you stand up and take notice. So I went a little bolder.
First I used my secret weapon to paint almost anything. Five minutes of painting, two minutes of clean up – step one complete. I’ve told y’all probably eleventy billion times how much I love my HomeRight Finish Max* – it’s one of the most used tools in my arsenal.
The paint I used is a specialty paint – perfect for furniture painting – from Blackberry House paints. (And before I get questions – the color is Wildflowers – you can get order/purchasing info here.) The paint was designed for furniture painting, and it works beautifully in the sprayer.
Next, I used a whole pack of this – and gold leafed the entire top of the cabinet the same way that I gold leaf practically everything. After it was all covered, I sealed the gold leaf with three coats of polycrlic to make sure it was well protected against daily use.
I changed out the hardware to match the top with this kind that I found at Lowe’s (sorry, I couldn’t find it online.) PS – for some reason that photo would not take to capture the real color of the cabinet. See the photo below for the true paint color.
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