Sunday, September 26, 2010

From Big Orange to Oh So Lovely

The redo of what my husband affectionately named, "Big Orange" took a long time to begin.  Here's the story behind Big Orange if you want to stroll back to August (yep, nearly two months ago...)

Here's Big Orange in all its glory:


At first, we thought that if we could sand it, the paint splatter wouldn't be so noticeable.  We were wrong.  Just sanding the top took more time than either of us wanted to spend with the sander!  The only other option was to strip it. If this piece was worth stripping, I would have.  Unfortunately, it's not worth much and has had about 4 previous paint lives.  I decided to simply prime and paint.  

Since I realized that it didn't have a lot of resale value, I decided that I would just use for storing all the stuff for painting and crafts that had begun accumulating in the office.  In order to avoid spending money on it, I used "oops" paint that we already had on hand and spray painted the knobs with some extra spray paint too.  

After being painted, it looked a little blah.  I was inspired by this post that I saw on Jone's Design Company and thought, "that looks simple!"  Well, it was simple but it took a long time and I had a number of moments that I wanted to "throw in the paintbrush."  In the end, I love it!  I also glued (yes, glued) a scrap piece of board that I "chalktified" on the door for some extra fun.  

The total cost of this project: nada, zip, zero!  

Here's the final result:







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17 comments:

  1. Nicole, this turned out amazing! I'm always so impressed with your projects :)

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  2. AH! Love it! So impressed, Nicole. :-D

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  3. Wow, I'm impressed! I love the design you painted on there. I would LOVE to have something like this to store all my products in. The chalkboard addition is brilliant. Thanks for linking up!
    XO,
    Christa
    www.storiesofahouse.com

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  4. It looks great, and I love that it has all that storage space. (Visting from Stories of a House blog link.)

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  5. Love the quatrefoil design on the side!

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  6. Great remake. I just got a piece of furniture the same style in the classifieds and have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I like it white. Victoria, www.obSEUSSed.com. (saw you on Tattertots and Jello)

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  7. that looks fabulous! i love what you did on the side of it and the chalkboard panel is wonderful as well! thanks so much for joining my party!

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  8. Um, sooooo nice compared to the before! Loving that detail on the side. Best part? Something so cute is concealing regular ol' clutter. Love it!

    :)

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  9. This looks great! And I love chalkboard paint!!! I did a chalkboard but that's not what I linked up to for this party. I did piece of furniture instead.
    I'm your latest follower now. :)

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  10. You are so right -- That was ugly orange and is now oh so lovely! Good job and I love the chalkboard paint as well!

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  11. Hey that looks so great! Good thinking on the chalkboard, I think it looks a millions time better.

    XO
    Lenore

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  12. This looks great! I love the chalkboard, great idea!

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  13. i think its a lovely cabinet, with all sizes of cabinet and shelves to keep things, its a great thing for storage, i love the white color

    x0x0x0 AboutCabinets Blog

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  14. I like how you stayed with the diagonal theme. ;)

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  15. This is great and the perfect place to store all your stuff! I need one of these bad :)

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  16. So much better!!! I love the pattern and had seen the tutorial, I would choose something small too. I can't belive she did a whole room! Even though it is a small area it makes a big impact on your project. I must try it sometime.

    I'm coming over since you were kind enough to leave me a nice comment regarding my buffet. Thanks so much. It means a lot. I'll be checking back to read your next post!

    Take care,

    Lisa

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