Well, I couldn't resist. I had, in my defense, been looking for something to go in front of that window for a couple of plants (also, some much-needed storage). So I paid $20 to the nice lady at the secondhand and loaded it up into my car; again, with some help from the nice lady.
And then I tore it apart...
First I took off the rail along the back and sides of the top. They dated and limited the piece, and so they hit the trash. I then filled all the holes from that trim and any other nicks with hardening wood filler. Then I sanded it down to give me a silky smooth top.
I took off the front "moulding" which happened to be made of the great 20th century discovery...plastic. Easy peasy to remove. And I proceeded to replace the fabric on the panels.
Using my good friend hot glue, I replaced the brown fabric with a cute daisy print.
And then I painted...
Note: When I spray paint, I wear chemical-resistant gloves and a paint respirator with particle filter inserts. I would highly recommend that, if you do not have a good outside area to paint, you invest in one of these babies. Spray paint fumes can be very carcinogenic, and cancer is no one's friend. And you look like a cool alien, so who wouldn't love that?
First, I primed with white. Spray primer for the quick and dirty job.
I wanted to use the technique that I saw here at CentsationalGirl. It's a way to get that painted french country look, quick and easy. I wanted the chest to be white, with blue showing through on the edges. So here's how I did that.
First, I spray painted all edges blue and let that dry.
Next, with a rag in hand, I spray painted the chest white one area at a time. While it was still wet, I wiped along the edges with the rag, wiping off the white and revealing the blue underneath.
I put it all back together, replacing the hardware with a couple of new pulls from Ace Hardware, which I painted blue with a spritz of metallic blue spray, the same combo I used here.
There it is! Along with a carafe of wildflowers I swiped from a weed patch by the railroad tracks...
Also note the lamp that used to be brass n' glass, but I painted the brass white, with some of that metallic I'm addicted to. Yes, my friends, you can paint brass. So keep your eyes open. A few spritzes can give you beautiful things...
And in case you noticed, the shade on that lamp needs a small shift in color...I already did it but it's not quite done...that's coming...sometime.
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