I am always amazed by how cheap furniture is at yard sales. I saw this plain, little cabinet at an estate sale recently and the woman told me I could have it for $2! I did not fall in love with it immediately because it was just so plain and boxy, but who could really pass up a two dollar piece of furniture?! I did love the vintage knobs with the little drops. Also, the size makes it versatile as a side table or night stand, with the added bonus of being able to store junk inside.
It sat in my living room for a while, as I decided exactly what to do to it to make it a little more...well, less boring. I finally decided to paint the edges a different color than the rest of it and to add something to the doors. I was going to stencil a design on them, but at the last minute I decided to keep the cabinet true to its simplistic design and paint on a basic rectangle in the center of each door. I think it gives the doors a faux raised panel look and adds some interest and sophistication.
After sanding and primering the cabinet, I painted it with an understated blue called rain washed by Behr. For the white trim I used swiss coffee.
After taking the doors off, I removed all the hardware and applied a few coats of vanilla spray paint.
I used my sewing straight edge to mark where to lay the tape for my lines on the front of the cabinet doors.
I laid the tape just outside the lines and painted the vertical lines and then the horizontal lines or vice versa.
The rain washed blue with white trim worked like magic; it transformed the once dull cabinet into an airy and graceful piece of furniture.
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