Throughout life, we tend to accumulate things, and sometimes, we end up with items that don’t necessarily fit the new scheme or the other existing pieces; I bet you have a cupboard or other piece of furniture that you’re not sure goes with the rest…or maybe even more; well, I have a few, but as I have been updating my house, I decided to tackle them one by one; the first one on my list was this CD cupboard made of pine wood pictured below:
Not impressive, I know…it could potentially fit in a different kind of house, but not mine…and, I definitely didn’t want to use it as a CD cupboard…I wanted it to have a new, more practical function of a hall cabinet, where more essential items could be stored; however, first, i needed it to look a bit different…
So, this is what I did:
1. After deciding where it’s going to sit, I thought about the colour scheme, and how could I tie it with the existing items in the hall. I had a look in several paint charts, and found a colour I thought (and still think) would go well.
2. I went to one of my favourite paint shops in Cambridge- Johnstones Decorating Centre, where I picked a grey undercoat, which is meant to prepare the surface for the actual paint, and a colour, in satin finish. Both paints of course, suitable for the wooden surfaces, and water-based. I must add here, that the colour I have chosen is actually from the Farrow & Ball wall paint collection, but Johnstones turned it magically into a wood paint 🙂 That’s why they’re my favourite 🙂
3. I removed the handles, and got to sanding…not my favourite part, but I had to remove the old varnish, and prepare the surface for the undercoat.
4. Applying the undercoat and letting it dry properly was another step. I must say after the undercoat was applied, i was unsure whether I did the right thing choosing the grey one, but the final effect was great!
5. The last step- applying the paint! Again, when it was still wet, I thought I picked the wrong colour, so if that happens to you, let the paint dry…and then, see whether it needs another coat of paint 😉 Mine did, so after everything was dry, I applied the second coat.
6. I put back the handles, and voila! Brand- new cupboard, that looks much more sophisticated than its old version in pine…
What do you think?
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