Spring is slowly starting to come to town, and with it, my desire to craft again! Thank goodness, because my spare room is looking like a junkhouse and hubby is getting CRANKY at me for it - lol, like I care.
Last summer I bought this cabinet from the facebook auction. I think I paid $5-$10 for it.
As you can see from looking at it, it was just a place to throw crap. It didn't match my style, was beyond blah and was basically an eyesore. I don't know what made me decide to finally do something about it. Maybe I was bored, maybe I was stuck inside because of a snowstorm, maybe (and probably) I finally looked it and felt a deep embarrassment that I had actually let it sit this way for almost a year.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it and then a friend of mine emailed me about painting fake wood, and how she wanted to do a dresser of hers a nice bright white colour. I replied that maybe it would look great white with a dark, stained top. LIGHTBULB! That is what I decided this baby needed.
I sanded it down quickly, as it had a shiny finish on it, then I got to work. I didn't choose a bright white, instead going with a colour called antique linen, which is basically white.
I had forgotten how hard it actually is to paint something plain white. It took about 4 coats to get this to a nice, even colour. Then I used my go to stain, Dark Walnut, for the top.
I was feeling pretty adventurous and attempted, key word being attempted, to paint zebra stripes on the front.
Talk about an absolute fail. It looked like a dead flower or something Abby Sue would have done in finger painting class. I didn't want to paint the white over it, because I knew it would take a bazillion coats to cover that brown colour. So I went to my trusty modge podge drawer and pulled out my staple. You got it, I used my clocks.
I am getting to be such a pro at modge podging, and, in my opinion, the finished product is always so awesome looking, that I didn't consider this project that big of a fail. In fact, I absolutely love it now.
I still have to add a shelf to the top and maybe some bright coloured baskets, but it is totally functional and looks perfect in the space.
How's that for a cheap makeover? I didn't have to buy anything, as I had all of the supplies at home already. Unique, fun, and one of a kind - just the way I like my house to be.