Mid Century Modern Style Before and After

Last week I found a cabinet for free and saw that it had some potential under the beat up ugly white paint job. From the inside I could see that it was mostly made of some kind of wood, but it was pretty beat up, so I figured I could only salvage the drawer front and paint the rest of it. The best part, the bottom of the cabinet had brackets attached for legs!

Check out the ugly before photos:
Cabinet Before

Here’s what it took to give this white box a new life:
– Sanding all over
– Sanding off all the paint on the drawer
– 2 coats of primer
– 2 coats of high-gloss enamel paint from Benjamin Moore – Tropicana Cabana + Snowfall White
– Attached 6″ Mid Century Modern style wood & metal legs from Home Depot
– 2 coats of tung oil (on the drawer and legs only)

Mid Century Modern Style Cabinet

I shared this in a guest post over at Poppytalk, go check it out.

Retro Kitchen Table: Before and After

We’ve been pretty busy getting the apartment “livable” but we did manage to do a quick makeover of a retro table Andrew was given from his mom. It was in rough shape, rusty legs and badly worn red and white laminate.

Andrew removed the rust from the legs and coated them with a chrome spray paint. Then we taped off the very cute scalloped edges and sprayed them with Krylon pistachio spray paint.

Finally, the top was coated with a white epoxy spray paint for durability. We suggest you do any large surface like this in VERY thin coats. This is the one problem we have, the surface has remained slightly tacky because we didn’t wait long enough between coats. Luckily it’s still usable and adds some fun to the kitchen!

New Apartment Coming Soon!

Guess what? I’m moving to an amazing loft next month! I’ll be moving in with my boyfriend and we’ll be fixing up the place. My blog will probably be filled with posts about before & after’s, DIYs, decorating for the next year or more? We’ll be getting some professionals to do the tricky stuff, but after that it’ll be a clean slate for us to have our way with. I’ll be attempting to document as much of it as I can.

Below are some photos of the space:

Amazing windows – one of the main reasons I wanted to live here!

Probably the most dysfunctional kitchen i’ve ever come across. The fridge and oven open up onto each other, the upper cabinets are extremely large and deep, you need a ladder to reach into them and that 80’s bar/island has got to go.


The ceiling is amazing! But the colour is scary. We’ll be painting it white with dark beams. Don’t worry, we’ll be getting professional painters for this part, the ceilings are 16ft tall, I don’t really see myself standing on a ladder that high up!


The downstairs bathroom will get new tiles, fixtures, a claw foot tub, and some sliding closet doors:

Goodbye lino floors and laminate counter tops, you won’t be missed:



I look forward to sharing our adventures in home renovation and decorating with all of you!