Cabinet Reveal!

Ok, Im on a roll with the reveals right now-lol.
Ive been dying to finally post these pictures for a while now, so please bear with me, as many reveal posts are still to come.

Ive mentioned many times about searching through kijiji for great finds. Well recently I haven't seen much, however, when we first started looking on kijiji for furniture for our new home, we came across this cabinet:

Ok so It doesn't look like much, and to be honest, it wasn't in the best condition and we probably over-paid for it a little....we just felt bad for the seller I think-lol! She was the young, single mom with a little boy and an adorable golden retriever, and it was Christmas time, and she said she was trying to sell things to make money for Christmas presents.... (I swear even the dogs big sad puppy eye's were saying "please buy our cabinet so we can have money for Christmas" lol).

Maybe I caved...maybe. Plus, she lent us her car to drive it home in (who does that?!) so we really felt bad saying no. We did like it, we just weren't totally sure, but as the reveal shows, it actually turned out pretty good ;)

The cabinet is made out of walnut and has dovetail joints, however, part of the cabinet is veneer and this made for a difficult time when spraying it with paint.

We took this piece to a painter we have been working with for some of our other pieces and she has been fabulous. This piece gave her a lot of grief though, unfortunately. Apparently back in the day (whenever that was, yesteryear, maybe?! lol) they used a shilack to cover wood and it was partly composed of bug guts?! Anyho, this composition does not react well with paint, and often after painting you will see pink or orange colours bleed through the paint.

So of course after lugging this thing home (in our painters van, which she lent us- again, such nice people out there!), after a few days we began to see pink spots all over the cabinet. We had to bring it back (again in her van) and she primed it 2 more times before painting it again.

Now, it only has a bit of a yellow tinge to it in some places...but only if you really stare. So I just dont stare at it....for long.

We thought we could just leave the inside unpainted, but of course when I saw the outside sprayed all gleeming white, I had to paint the inside white...myself. That actually turned out ok, but it does make the drawers stick a bit, so I would not recommed doing that.

The inside had 3 pull out drawers, and there are 2 large drawers on the bottom. Our plan was to use this piece in our office as storage for the printer, paper, etc.

The final product:

Again, we matched the crystal knobs to the ones on the desk, and we are so happy with how it turned out. Office almost complete!

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  1. Great transformation! Its amazing what a bit of paint and new knobs can do.

    Thanks for including me on your blog roll ;)

  2. Thanks Jennifer!! Of course, love your blog! :)

  3. Are you kidding me?!?! That thing looks gorgeous! And how perfect for an office, holding paper, etc. Sorry it was a hassle, but it turned out great, so congrats.

  4. WOW! That looks so good. Well worth all the work!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great job, makes me want to paint everything white! I have an aversion to old and brown and strive for light and airy, got my work cut out for me in my Chicago house... take a peak at what I did with my master.
    Master makeover in progress

  6. I think it's gorgeous and you get some good karma for helping a single mom out at christmas :)

  7. This looks absolutely lovely now. I do feel sorry for your painter, though!

  8. What a beautiful transformation! I'm always amazed at the power of white paint. Looks fresh and beautiful!

  9. thanks everyone!!

  10. LOVE the transformation!
    there are many shades of white out there...
    which color did you use?

  11. Hi Aml!
    The colour we used was "simply white". its the same white we used on all of our trim in our house. Its a great white- a little less yellow than "cloud white", but not by much :)
    Hope that helps!

  12. sorry for all the questions... but simply white, by which line? Benjamin Moore? have you considered any of the Martha Stewart paints?

  13. yup, by Benjamin Moore :)
    I haven't checked Martha Stewarts line, but i definitely should!


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