You know the saying, “One thing leads to another”…well that is so true when it comes to my décor projects. After completing our White Kitchen Makeover for the One Room Challenge, I realized I had to continue the new look into the family room. The timing was perfect because I was invited to join a group of talented bloggers to share how we refreshed our homes for the summer months. See how it all started with one piece.
So with the newly updated and painted kitchen, I quickly realized that the connected family room needed a mini makeover as well. The challenge was to do it on a small budget. My goal was to add as much white to the space as possible. Since I couldn’t paint the family heirloom antique desk…I decided to move it out of the room for safe keeping and into another spot. I shopped the house for a replacement piece and decided to give this reproduction apothecary style cabinet a facelift.
It had great bones and I love anything with drawers. It just needed to work in the space better. Time to paint!! I will say that because this piece had a glossy finish I was afraid of how the paint would work. I sanded it a little and got my foam brush and latex paint and quickly realized this wasn’t going to work. Time for Plan B.
I wanted a clean white finish. After seeing that the latex paint wasn’t cooperating with me, I decided to go with my favorite paint…spray paint. If I ever have a project that is easy enough to move outside, this is my go to paint. You have to buy the “good” stuff found here…none of the $.99 paint will do.
Shake well, use in a ventilated area and give it clean, quick sprays. Take your time, if you try to do it too fast or use too much you will have drips and runs. Better to do it in a couple of coats, drying in between.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a lazy painter. 🙂 Maybe if I had the ultimate workshop with music playing, a/c blasting and coffee brewing I’d enjoy it more. But I don’t. So I want to get it done and get it done fast, so I can move on to the fun stuff…decorating. 🙂
While everything was drying, it was time to decide on the hardware. The first place I usually look is at Hobby Lobby. They have everything from modern to vintage and everything in between. I brought home a few styles to try.
It’s no secret if you follow me on Instagram that I love many styles and try to mix them in my décor. While I was deciding how I was going to update our family room, I knew that I wanted to have elements of modern, vintage, farmhouse and a bit of an eclectic mix.
I decided that the gold metal pulls had the look I loved from the start! In case you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, I found some on Amazon for a similar look. I gave the top and drawer fronts a light wax for protection. Now it was time to put the jewelry on this little lady. 🙂
I love the pop of white on this wall now and it certainly lightened the area. I added a raw wood mirror and a stone urn with gold branches. This space has a whole new look. I decided to continue lightening the room with white by adding a new coffee table from Joss & Main and a gorgeous rug from Rugs USA . Now the family room and the kitchen compliment each other, rather than compete with one another!
I’m so glad I decided to paint this piece and give it a summer refresh! Even though it will be here Fall through Spring as well. 🙂
I hope this transformation has inspired you to try something similar. If you have a room that is in need of a new look, try painting a piece of furniture…change up your accessories…add a new rug and some pillows. It will give new life to an old room!
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