Monday, May 5, 2014

Girl Time & A Furniture Flip

I was in desperate need for some girl time, and a getaway.  Do you ever feel that way?  Like you just need a change of scenary?  When I start feeling that way, I turn to my sister.  So, I loaded up and headed to her house.

My Sister has been purchasing a few new pieces of furniture for her home, and making some changes.  She was showing me all of the beautiful new things she had purchased, and the things she had pushed aside to decide what to do with.  She told me she hated to get rid of this great piece.
(sorry for the blurry photo, I was using my I-pad to take pics)

Then, she said the words that are music to my ears, "I was thinking about painting this piece".  So, that's exactly what we did!!!!

I did a little bit of brainstorming, and then we headed to Lowes for supplies.  My Sister is not afraid of color, and that made this project even better.  She has always had a love for purple, so that was the direction we headed.  We purchased paint, glaze, and the faux tiles to jazz the front of the cabinet up.

We started by giving the entire piece a light sanding, and a thorough wipe down.  Then, we painted two coats of the purple paint, and let those dry.  We didn't paint inside the squares, because they were getting a special treatment.
After the purple paint dried, we applied a dark glaze.  I have always used the Valspar brown glaze, but we tried the Graphite glaze, and it was perfect.

I think my Sister thought I was crazy, because I love to re-do furniture, and get fired up at the chance to do a piece.  I may have made her stay up after midnight painting.  The best part is my niece sat and watched us, and the three of us visited and laughed the entire time.

To give the piece that little pop of something special, we cut faux tiles, and glued them to the inside of the squares.  That gave the piece the "Wow" factor I just love.

Also, while I was there, we went shopping!  We hit several antique/resale shops, and a few other shops in between.  While we were at World Market, we found some great pulls for the front of the cabinet.  These knobs gave the piece a second pop of Wow!
She also purchased this adorable old metal toy stove at an antique/resale shop.  This was the inspiration for the vignette I created for the top of the cabinet.
We decided to put the cabinet in her breakfast area, and she is using it to store all of her kitchen appliances, like her toaster oven, Crockpot, ice cream maker, and a paper goods.
So, a piece that was possibly headed out the door was turned into a beautiful statement piece, with great storage, and now,  memories of a fun weekend.

Here's a before & after of this dramatic transformation!!


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22 comments:

  1. How fun is this. I love the tiles and the fabulous vignette you created on the top. Perfect. Sounds like the perfect weekend too.

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    1. Thank you Marty! I wish I had purple in my home. It made me want to paint something purple in my house. We had a super weekend. Laughter is great medicine.

      Thanks for the sweet comment,
      Heather

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  2. What a great sister you are! Love the tile inserts - definitely made this a statement piece. Cute little vignette with the stove.

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    1. Thank You Donna! The stove was a great find. We didn't even buy it to go with the cabinet. Funny how things work out. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, and comment.
      Heather

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  3. Wow is right! You guys did a fantastic job!

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    1. Thanks Trisha! We had a super time tackling it together. Hope you have a great week!
      Heather

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  4. Magnificent! The color is wonderful and the tile inserts give it such a classy look. Glad you and your sis decided to update this beautiful piece.

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    1. Thank you Ann! I'm so glad she decided to keep it. It's beautiful now, and so functional! She even put a plug strip inside to plug some of the appliance in and use them right there. Too fun! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and leaving a comment!
      Heather

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  5. This turned out lovely! Well done! Spontaneous projects always turn out the best!
    Smiles!
    Terry

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    1. Thanks Terry! I LOVE spontaneous projects!! This really only took us about 5 hours total. So worth it! Thanks for your sweet comment!
      Heather

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  6. Love the lavender color!
    Amazing what a little paint can do to transform a piece.
    visiting from Susans BNOTP

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    1. Thanks Linda! LOVE paint!!!! So inexpensive, and transforms so much!! I wish I had purple in my house, I would use that color in a second. Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving a comment!
      Heather

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  7. I cannot believe the transformation! Those faux tiles are fantastic!! They really are set off with the purple. Great work!!

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. The faux tiles are so easy to work with, and add a lot! Thanks for stopping by the blog, and leaving a comment!
      Heather

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  8. Love this piece! I was thinking about redoing a dresser of mine. What kind of faux tin did you use and where did you buy it? Is it the faux tin wallpaper or actual faux tin ceiling tiles? I can't decide which to use. What kind of glue did you use?

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    1. The faux tin we used is plastic, and you can cut it with a regular pair of scissors. Everything we used came from Lowe's Home Improvement. The glue we used was Liquid Nails. I have also used contact cement to apply these tiles on other projects. The contact cement takes longer to dry and smells pretty strong. I prefer Liquid Nails. Best of luck with your dresser redo!
      Thanks for the comment, and thanks for stopping by!
      Heather

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  9. WOW is all I can say! Love it!!!! I'm pinning this one for sure!! Thanks for sharing on DIY SUnday Showcase!! Have a great week!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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    1. Shelly, you are always so kind!! You always take time to leave a sweet comment, and have made me feel very welcome to the blogging world!! Thanks for hosting!
      Hope you have a great week also!
      Heather

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  10. Looks Great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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    1. Thank you so much! I am heading over to your blog to link up! Have a great weekend!
      Heather

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  11. Love the bold color choice and great inserts, wonderful job you two did on this!

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  12. Amazing transformation! Thanks for sharing at THT!

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