Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cabinet Reveal

The Story:
I have had this lovely cabinet for
about 7 years. It's a great piece but I 
was just ready for a change. I am sure there
are a few people out there who are thinking
"Why did you want to mess with this?", but it was
time. 


 So first I took off the lattice. Do you see Hello Kitty
up there, she is patiently waiting to have her head sewn back on.
LOL

I sanded it down and then used a deglosser (or liquid sander)
to remove any other finish off.
This is very important. If not your paint will slide right off.
Then primer, and the first coat of paint.
I used Valspar Polar Star.
But after the first coat it was too white. I wanted white, but
I was going for a darker gray white.
So I went back with the next darker shade,
Valspar Gravity. Perfect!


Next I used a stencil I downloaded from here to trace on my pattern.
And with a steady hand I used Valspar Metropolis to trace
my stencil pattern. Let me tell you as I was painting
the lines I had traced, I thought, "This is looking terrible". 
 Then I stood back to take a look...

And I was in love! So very glad I went ahead and painted
this piece of furniture.


I decorated the top with special things. The large light house painting my dad's aunt
made for me when I got married. The family photo is one of my very favorites!
And here is my latest ScrapBox.
 
 
Shoes my grandma saved from when I was a baby and a photo of her holding me.
I cherish this photo and am so excited to have a way to display it uniquely. 



 
What do you think?

35 comments:

Jenny @ jennycollier.com said...

love love love! i painted the same pattern on my dining room wall.

Emily said...

Jesse! It's stunning, you did such a great job. Love the vignette you created with it, too!

amanda torres said...

B to the E to the A to the UTIFUL! Love it all!

Val said...

I think that it is truly fabulous!!! You have a gift!! <3

Krystle said...

I absolutely LOVE it!!!! I LOLed when I read about and saw Hello Kitty! I also love your photobox with the shoes and your pic of your grandma with you! It's beautiful!!! Amazing job!

Waynette Long said...

What a FANTASTIC job you did...it looks absolutely beautiful!! And...oh my....I love your new scrapbox, i have been trying to figure out what I want to do with my kids baby shoes and now I know. Such a wonderful way to display them. You are such an inspiration!!

Unknown said...

oH I LOVE the color, the pattern and the vignette!!! absolutely perfect! x

Lindsay said...

Jesse! You did a great job! Its gorgeous! I am inspired now! :) I have things in my garage waiting for me to do this to :)

Elizabeth said...

I really like the gray stenciling. It's not easy to paint white over dark, like that(I know, I've done it before). You did a lovely job!

kristine said...

looks GREAT!!! LOVE the stencil pattern! you did an awesome job!

Unknown said...

It is beautiful!

Unknown said...

Thanks ladies. I really am so happy with how it turned out. Your sweet comments warm my heart!
xx

Sharstin said...

girly--you are amazing--and I love the transformation! so pretty~ all of the frames and sentimental pieces just add to the fabulousness!

emily said...

It looks amazing! You did a great job! It is absolutely perfect with the sweet little touches on top too!

Erica Cook said...

It is amazing! Want to swing by and help me fix up one of my older pieces?? I have several that could use that sort of touch. xo e

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Jesse, this is amazing! I love the paint color and I love the stencil! Wowzers!

Leah said...

OMG I LOVE!

Luvs!

Tatiana said...

Jess, it turned out amazing! I only wish I had the guts to attempt something like that especially when it was in great condition to start with! Oh and I also love your frame!

Karen said...

I liked the piece before you painted it, but the updates you made are perfect for your home. The stenciling made all the difference in giving the piece a contemporary look.

Unknown said...

Head over heels!! You need to submit this and the vanity to Design*Sponge!

Annette said...

Wow, that looks amazing...you certainly have fueled my imagination into thinking what I can do similar!!

mandi @ vintage revivals said...

Love this! It is the perfect color! Great job!

love your guts
mandi

Kelli said...

That turned out amazing! I love white furniture. I think the white makes all your accessories pop!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

What a change, it looks great! And I love the song on your blog!

Autum said...

It was a lovely piece before, but you've transformed it into a gorgeous piece. The gray stenciling...perfect!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Beautiful!! This is just stunning! I love it!

I {heart} Nap Time said...

It turned out beautiful!! I'd love for you to come link it up at sundae scoop http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

Amber said...

I love this transformation! I have a very similar cabinet (the before picture) and have been thinking about painting it. I don't know why I didn't think to stencil in the inside panels. Love it!

Unknown said...

This is fabulous. I adore it. You are one seriously talented and creative lady.

Samantha said...

The stencil really makes it. Awesome (and brave.)

Joi said...

I love, love, love this! I have an old Target armoire and now this has my wheels turning!

Christi said...

WOW! It looks amazing. Great job. I love your decorating and styling taste.

Ange said...

Wow, this looks fantastic! I saw it posted on Better After blog and thought "I must check this lady out". Soooo glad I did. I love finding inspiring blogs to follow :o)
Angex

horoscopo de hoy said...

You made some respectable points there. I seemed on the web for the difficulty and found most people will go along with with your website.

Anonymous said...

I have the exact same computer armoire!!! However, I don't use it anymore because I now have a home business and it's not big enough for everything I need to store. But for some reason, I can't part with it, nor can I even think about giving it a makeover. I guess I'm not as brave as you :)

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