At FBR, we never throw away useable furniture pieces, but this dowdy wooden cabinet was on its way out the door. Until! Juliana transformed this trash-to-be into an adorable, enviable accent table. You too can turn curbside trash into a piece that you’ll treasure, just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Taking stock. The cabinet was looking a little rough: it was smelly, the hinges were loose and in general it was just falling apart. ”Old and nasty” said Juliana.
Step 2: The base. Juliana removed the wooden base of the cabinet. It was too heavy and falling to pieces. She scrounged up some old table legs that were lying around the FBR shop and cut them to size. The brass hardware on the bottom of the legs was tarnished & needed a little polishing up. Juliana worked her magic with a simple home-ec. tip: toothpaste! First, clean the tarnished brass. Next, scrub it down with a glob of toothpaste & some steel wool.
Huge improvement! Notice the difference?
Step 3: Get ‘er ready! Juliana sanded the entire piece down and then prepped it with a coat of primer. She reinforced hinges and replaced old hardware where necessary. Some regular old interior house paint, in a lovely salmon color, provides the accent on this accent piece. Remember: 2 coats will make sure it’s even and smooth.
Step 4: Shell-ac! Juliana selected some cute seashell wallpaper and covered the interiors of the cabinet, including this unique pull-out tray. The entire piece was then finished with 2 coats of spray gloss.
Ta-Da! It looks great – totally transformed!