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.

Tropicana Cabana Dresser Before and After

Another dresser makeover. It’s becoming a regular thing! I love giving an old dresser a new life with a bit of paint and new hardware. I’ve been using the same paint colours because I’m on a tight budget and there’s really no point in buying new paint until I’ve used up what I’ve already got. So I did the same colour combination as a recent makeover I did to this dresser. The paint colours are Tropicana Cabana and Snowfall White from Benjamin Moore.

Unfortunately I don’t have decent before photos, because I was too excited to start on the project that I didn’t think to snap a few photos. So all I’ve got is the original photo from the craigslist ad and a phone photo of the legs and drawer front. The dresser was badly stained, really uneven with many scratches and chips. The drawer pulls were handmade from wood and in need of replacing.

I filled all the chips and holes from the drawer pulls and sanded everything down. It took 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint to cover the dark stain, don’t you think it looks so much happier now?

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Dresser Before and After

So i’ve started a hobby. It began with a few projects for our apartment, but I’ve now decided to look for furniture that has potential and give it an update, hopefully on a regular basis.

This latest find was only $10! Trust me, it was very much so worth $10, it was in horrible shape with a very broken drawer a ton of scratches and chips. I had to seriously sand it, repair the missing corner on one drawer front and follow it up with a primer before the top coat. I had paint I wanted to use up, so I went with an all white enamel for the finish, of course I immediate regretted it because it showed all the imperfections and it took about 6 coats of paint to cover the almost black brown finish. In the end, I decided that it was the nature of the piece since it is probably older than I am. So the imperfections were inevitable since I’m no pro.

I quickly got over things and put the focus on the hardware. The existing hardware wasn’t worth saving as it was literally falling apart. I couldn’t do new drawer pulls because the holes didn’t line up with current drawer pull measurements (vintage is different to modern times apparently), so I filled one of the holes and went with knobs instead, since I wasn’t willing to drill knew holes.

After filling the holes and sanding and filling them again and sanding again, the stupid holes were still slightly visible once the paint went on. I think it had something to do with the brand of wood filler I was using and the fact that it was kind of dried up. A few coats of paint kind of camouflaged it, but in certain light it was obviously visible. Anyway….I had some crystal knobs in storage for a moment like this. Initially I wanted something understated and modern, because glamour isn’t really my style, but I wanted to be different and had to remember it wasn’t for me, I was going to sell it after. Plus the whole point was to make a profit, so I didn’t want to spend money on knobs. So it was decided, I’d go with something super sparkly to distract from all of the small imperfections I could still see. Check it out below.

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Dresser update

A while ago I posted about a dresser I found that was in need of a lot of love. I realized I forgot to post an update showing how I’ve decorated it. I bought these fun prints at Ikea to fit in some existing frames that were in storage. I can’t let go of this paper orchid Andrew made me when we first started dating, the paper has faded a lot, but our love hasn’t (haha sorry couldn’t resist) so it will stay there until it falls apart. I’ve had the metal scooter for a long while, it just happens to match very nicely.

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Wood Railing Nightmare

When we moved into our place a year ago, we realized we had a lot of small projects ahead of us, sanding, paintings, patching etc…  and this was after the major renovation had been completed. We’ve finished almost all of them except one major thing that keeps staring us right in the face. The wood railings upstairs. You can see it from almost every angle in the apartment, it’s the same ugly red stain that the stairs were, but it can’t be removed to sand in a tent like we did for the stairs. Since our space is all open, the dust will basically go everywhere.

For the last year we’ve been avoiding them, contemplating how we’re going to approach them or convincing ourselves we don’t really need to do it. But today, we took the plunge and tried one section.

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Let me tell you, it’s hard work and makes a ginormous mess! Andrew was scraping while I tried my best to vacuum up all the bits. Scraping was only step 1, step 2 requires even more mess with sanding, but sadly at this point we gave up due to it being way too hot up in the loft.

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I guess this post is “to be continued” maybe you’ll see the results in a year…haha..but we’re hoping to at least try and tackle it again on a cooler day.

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Nightstand Before and After

It’s hard to believe but we’ve been living in our new place for almost a year. We’re really settled in and happy, but i’m always looking for small new projects to work on around the place. I love updating old furniture, it’s just so satisfying to give something a new life. But don’t get me wrong, I love buying something new too. I’ve had my eye on a set of nightstands from West Elm, but they’re just way out of our budget and not really a priority purchase right now (we need to get a new mattress and probably a new fridge soon).

The nightstands at West Elm are stunning, mid-century style with a modern twist. They come in wood and white, I really love the wood, but our hardwood floors in the bedroom wouldn’t go with it, so i’d have to go with the white. But like I said, we can’t afford them, so this is very much so a wish-list item.

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I’ve had my eye on craigslist, watching like a hawk, hunting for a matching pair of mid-century style nightstands, but unfortunately in this city, it’s almost impossible to find a deal, it seems like all mid-century furniture has gone up in price in the last year. Last week, I came across a little gem for $20!! Although, it’s not true mid-century, and it was only (a) one nightstand (haha), but something told me I just had to buy it. Check out the before and after below:

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The plan is to keep our eye open for a similar style nightstand, paint it in the same way, that way the look will be cohesive. It’s not about being matchy-matchy or spending big bucks, it’s about character and style. So now I just have to cross my fingers and hope I find our lonely nightstand a friend.

 

 

Front Door Makeover

In my building everyone has different door designs, colours, numbers, knobs etc. Our door was in bad shape and in need of some serious TLC. It was painted with a nasty silver acrylic, it had a brushy texture and it was very chipped and scuffed up. To top it off the previous owners were very obsessed with security. They had several locks and barriers around the door. While I do like security, I don’t like how ugly it can be. Unfortunately we couldn’t replace the door, because in an ideal world we’d just have one nice looking knob and lock. But it wasn’t in the budget to replace several knobs and locks, those things are expensive!

So we just decided to update the superficial parts of the door, using paint we already had sitting around from our interior. We spent all the money on the numbers, splurging on a custom modern style, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to buy generic ones from the big box store.

As you can see I was a bit too excited to start on the project, so I don’t have many before photos. We ripped off the old numbers as soon as the new ones arrived and then realized we should have snapped a photo. We washed the door and scraped off any loose paint. The new numbers came with a grid to align them just right, so all we had to do was drill holes where it was marked.

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We purchased our modern numbers from Bradford Hardware in Vancouver. Although they were fairly expensive, we think it really adds style to the door. Personally I think the cost of the numbers should be based on weight, because I certainly don’t think the 1 should be the same cost as the 4. Anyway, i’ll stop my rant before it gets out of control.

My “after” photos really don’t do the door justice, the lighting in the hallway is very dark and it was taken with my cell phone, but you get the idea. I just really wanted to blog about it while I got the chance.

The paint colour is Benjamin Moore Night Horizon in a matte finish. If we had extra budget, we would have bought a semi-gloss paint for the door, just because we’ve noticed it gets very dirty very quick when you rub up against it.

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Here’s the 2 places i’d recommend buying numbers from if you feel like doing a mini makeover on your apartment door or house numbers.

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