Vintage Cabinet Transformation
A few years ago, I inherited several pieces of antique/vintage furniture from my grandfather’s family. One of the pieces that we received was a small cabinet. In our other home, I really didn’t know what to do with the cabinet. Since we did not have a formal pantry, the cabinet was used as storage for non-perishable foods and snacks. Because my new home has an ample pantry, I no longer needed the cabinet for food storage.
So… I was left with a piece of furniture that I had no clue where it would be placed in the house or how it would be used. I immediately began seeking inspiration from a few of my favorite sites and decided that we would paint the piece and it would be used in our entryway foyer. Fortunately, my husband and I purchased several cans of paint from the Habitat for Humanity Restore, while we were building our new home. One of the colors we purchased was a Robin Egg/Tiffany blue hue. We actually purchased that paint for $3 because there was only about half a gallon remaining in the can. I landed on that color for the cabinet because it went well with my color scheme and it would add a pop of color to our foyer.
Transforming the Cabinet
My husband is quite the handyman and tackled this project in a weekend. He began by first cleaning the cabinet (it had been in storage) very well to remove any grease or dirt. I was fairly new to the DIY game and did not realize that sanding would take up so much time.
After a thorough clean, he removed the handles and then sanded the exterior of the cabinet. While he was working, I checked in on him to see his progress (honestly, I was somewhat nervous about transforming a vintage piece). I was thinking what if I don’t like the paint color? He allayed my fears by reminding me that it was simply paint and if I hated the color we could start over and stain.
Once my hubby applied the first coat, I fell in love with the cabinet and knew I had made the right decision about the color. The color just popped. More importantly, it could serve as a conversational piece.
While the first coat of paint was drying, my hubby used Rustoleum on the cabinet door handles. After the second coat of paint, the vintage cabinet looked more modern and completely transformed a section of our entryway foyer. Teamwork definitely makes the dream work! Check out the images below to see the process. Share your feedback.
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