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Before & After–Kitchen Furniture

16 March 2012 26 Comments

I’m happy to say that spray painting the hardware for the kitchen furniture worked!  To think I was going to buy all new pulls.  I’m glad  I gave spraying them a shot because not only did I save myself some money, but I love the way they turned out.  Now that the hardware is back in place, it’s time for some real before and after shots – my favourite!  Of course I’ve included a yummy close up of that dark bronzy goodness we were lacking yesterday.  You’ll notice that I switched the top drawers around so the knob is now on the inside.  I think it looks more balanced this way.  I owe that one to my Mom.  I sent her a picture and she suggested flipping them around to see how it looked.  She was right.  She usually is.March 2012 286March 2012 290March 2012 032March 2012 035March 2012 037What a difference a bit of paint can make.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely and totally head over heels, crazy in love with it.  The best part – it was a really cheap transformation.  All I purchased was a gallon of Mountain Smoke by Valspar, mixed with High Gloss Behr ($40) and a can of Krylon ORB ($10) with a Satin Finish.  I barely put a dent in the Mountain Smoke (I have plans for the rest) and the majority of the ORB was used for my puffy paint vase.  Well worth it if you ask me.  I’m so happy I was able to give this piece a new life.  It sure beats buying something new.Can you believe how expensive wood furniture is these days?


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  • Melanie @ Mailbox Journey said:

    Wood furniture these days is ridiculously expensive! I’ve been scouring craigslist for an old wooden hutch to re-do.

    That dresser looks great! & I’m glad you were able to re-use the hardware. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thanks Melanie! I hope you enjoy your weekend as well!

  • Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said:

    Moms are usually right, aren’t they?! ;) It looks fantastic Diana. You did an outstanding job bringing it to life for your kitchen. I am looking forward to seeing your other plans for that Mountain Smoke paint!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank You so much Whitey! Have a great weekend!

  • said:

    This looks so good! Jesse will only let me paint Craigslist furniture, so that’s what I have my eyes on right now.

  • Elisa said:

    Wow, this looks GREAT. Doesn’t it feel good to stand back and be all, Yep, I nailed this.

    Also, wants the plan for the left side? Giant plant! Giant plant!

  • Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic said:

    It is amazing what some paint can do! Love it all finished and it looks great in that spot.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank You Ashley! Good luck craigslisting.

    Elisa, Hmm, the plan for the left side is tricky. It’s a cut through to the stairs to the basement so nothing too fragile can go there. I was thinking some sort of garbage storage(think wicker hamper or something like that). A giant plant would look great but I’m not exactly great at keeping them alive. And there is nothing uglier than a dead plant. I’ll keep you posted.


  • Girl (author) said:

    Thanks Brandi!

  • Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said:

    I really love your painted piece of furniture for the kitchen. There’s nothing like seeing how a little paint can transform a piece of furniture. I am glad you kept the original hardware. Painted ORB they really pop against the paint.
    Last year I painted a dresser to use as a changing table in our little girl’s room. We ended up keeping the original hardware as well.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hey Krystle!

    I just took a look at your transformation. That looks fantastic! I love the white hardware against that orangy yellow colour. Too cute! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…PAINT IS AMAZING!


  • Me, Ed and Pea said:

    This looks so pretty! Great styling btw :) Looks like a magazine.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Oh thank you so much! What a compliment!


  • Amy@BuffaloRoam said:

    I just can’t get over this piece! I love the color of it and the hardware just pulls it together beautifully.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank You Amy! You have great tast so I’m full on blushing now!


  • Stacey said:

    That is a gorgeous dresser – wow! I love the change! So glad you came by to link up – please come back again! In the meantime, I am going to nose around your blog and bit …. see you soon!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hey Stacey!

    I’m so glad you like the dresser! Nose away! I’m glad to have you visiting!


  • Gabbi said:

    It looks fantastic!! I totally hear you on giving life to old pieces. We cannot afford new wood furniture at all, and I adore making old pieces young again! :)

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hey Gabbi!
    I’m glad you like it! I love the process of taking something ugly and making it beautiful too. It’s so satisfying!

  • Sarah@MyProjectBag said:

    This looks great–the way you’ve done it would make it right at home in any kind of decor. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my orange lamps–it showed me to your great blog! Adding to my RSS feed.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hey Sarah! Thanks for stopping by. And for your kind words! I loved your lamps. I’m flattered that you would add me to your RSS. Thank You!

  • Erin @ His & Hers said:

    I was just spray painting some hardware myself! Woohoo for not buying new, right? :) Your end product looks great!

  • Stephanie @ Horse Hound and House said:

    That looks so good! I really like all the muted tones together.

  • lyndsay @ that 70s house said:

    these came out SO good. it truly is amazing what a little paint can do, isn’t it??

  • Girl (author) said:

    Erin, Stephanie, Lyndsay

    Thank you all so much!


  • Boy + Girl Design » Blog Archive » My Next Furniture Project said:

    [...] white.  Especially since I plan to paint the lower kitchen cabinets Mountain Smoke like the furniture piece I redid.  So now you know how I will be spending my long weekend.  Do you have any house related [...]

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