We recently had our rather weathered, colonial front door replaced with a timber, more modern door. This decidedly “country” look buffet and hutch had been welcoming our guests at my door for the past couple of years.
The timber cabinet was a lucky Ebay find (like many of my furniture pieces), that fit exactly into the nook between the pillar and front door. I had painted it Antique white and lovingly tiled the top with tiles I had painstakingly decoupaged by hand. Unfortunately, it was time for the “country” feel to be replaced by something a little more sleek and modern to go with the new timber door.
When I get a bee in my bonnet, I tackle the project heads on, no time to waste. It usually doesn’t matter that I have piles of laundry to do, a market stall to get ready for or in the throws of a bathroom renovation. I started the process by chipping the tiles off and that was fairly easy. I assume it’s because it was my very first tiling attempt, so I probably didn’t do it properly (it happens).
Chipping tiles off usually goes hand in hand with a bit of damage to the timber (or let’s say that’s how it’s supposed to be), so luckily I had my old friend “Timber Mate” handy to fill in all the dents.
I then started with a primer in a darker colour, as my top coat is almost black. For my top coat, I decided on a very dark, but warm grey. I found a Dulux colour, but decided to add a touch of black for an even darker shade.
The handles needed to be changed as well, as these went better with a sleeker, more modern look. I used most of the styling items I already had, but picked up a few inexpensive, neutral ones from Spotlight and Target. You certainly can’t go through this summer without a pineapple!
So this is my finished product. I love how the white stands out against the black background. Do you think it’s an improvement, or did you prefer the lighter, country buffet?
If you had a similar revamp of a furniture item, drop me a line and send a couple of photos, I would love to see your project!
Cheerio ’til next time!