There was a time when one corner of my kitchen, the one that faces northwest, was a dark as a dungeon.
Although windows allowed in bright light to the left and right of this area, the corner itself remained dark and totally uninspired. Originally, the builder had installed a desk with cabinets above it, but it was always cluttered and just in the way. A few years ago, the desk was removed and reinstalled upstairs. In its place, an old-time TV cabinet was installed and used for a few years.
When the kitchen nook finally got a refresh, this sad little corner and its sad little cabinet were included in the updo.
Happily, the refinishing process for the cabinet was really easy.
Photo #1 illustrates a slight sanding with 240-grit sandpaper in order to break the seal on the piece. After sanding, the piece was cleaned with a tack cloth.
Photo #2 illustrates the first coat of Fusion Mineral Paint (color – Homestead Blue). I used a brush technique to make the paint look chippy. Please note that when this paint is applied using normal brush strokes, Fusion Mineral Paint provides complete coverage without any chipping.
Photo #3 illustrates a second coat of Fusion Mineral Paint (color – Inglenook) that was applied very, very lightly. The intent was to streak, not to cover the first coat of paint, and was completely accomplished by manipulating the brush.
Photo #4 illustrates a third coat of Fusion Mineral Paint (color – Homestead Blue), that was lightly drybrushed over the second coat.As soon as the paint dried and two guys were around, the top of the cabinet was removed.
Yes, I refinished the bottom without knowing how the piece would look when it was separated (#stayfearless). It actually sat this way for about five days because the Hubs was out-of-town on business. I assure you, the suspense drove me cray cray.
When the cabinets were finally separated, under the top portion of the cabinet was a beautiful mahogany layer that didn’t have a scratch on it (#score!)At this point, all I had to do was clean the mahogany, add the drawer pulls, and move it into place.
Here’s how it looks now.The change is pretty amazing, isn’t it?To top off the chest, a vintage-style plate rack was added in the fall.Like the blue chest, it has added a lot of light, color, and fun to the corner.And, it’s so funny because, when the plate rack was getting installed, I actually thought it would serve as open shelving. Now, it’s obvious that it’s more of a fun rack. Maybe tinkering with the decor from season-to-season will grow old…………but, it hasn’t yet. LOL…If you appreciate this makeover, I do hope you’ll share it with others. FACEBOOK and TWITTER buttons are at the bottom of the page. Any photo can be pinned, including the PINTEREST COLLAGE below.
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See how this 1960’s coffee table goes from trash-to-treasure (link here).
Disclosure: Two containers of Fusion Mineral Paint were supplied by certified Fusion merchant and mentor
Melanie Alexander (link here for information on using or buying paint).
There were no other forms of compensation.
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