Last Summer, shortly after we moved into our new place, I became addicted to Kijiji.
I found so many deals there! Luckily I was able to kick the habit, and have stayed clear for a while. I could spend a lot of time searching for furniture to make-over.
This piece was a STEAL!!! I got it for $10.00!!!!! But it wasn't so pretty to begin with.
It started out covered in a purple/speckled/textured paint. Now don't get me wrong I love purple, it's been my favorite color since high school until recently (now it's #2), however this wasn't a good purple. So I headed down to the hardware store and picked up supplies I'd need to recreate this cabinet into something awesome.
One of the things I needed was paint stripper. This baby was COATED with layers of paint and there was no way I was going to be able to sand all the layers off.
So I suited up with my stylish mask and got to work (that stuff STINKS!!).
Things started moving along fairly well so I kept going. The top was easy.
The front and sides were a different story. With angled sides and detail work on the door, it took more work than I had anticipated. It was pretty messy, but I managed to get most of the paint off.
After stripping the paint there was still a lot of sanding to do. Boy, did I ever wish I had a power sander. Maybe I'll get one for Mothers Day this year (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).
I didn't want to spend too much time painting the inside of it so I just sprayed it with a coat of blue.
While I had the spray paint out I also covered this Fleur de Lis that I found on clearance at Home Sense! I was so excited when I found it while shopping with my Grandma and sister. I think they might have thought I was a little crazy for being so excited about it.
After a few coats of turquoise paint and lots of sanding, distressing and staining, I think its fantastic!
I also managed to find the ornate mirror, which was originally gold, on Kijiji.
I'm pretty happy with my little vignette at my front door.