Something old is ‘new’ again – Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

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As part of a blogging challenge, I was asked us to blog about how we have taken something old and made it new.  I wanted to share with my readers about a project.  I chose a spray paint makeover because, though I have spray painted other things (like the lamp below) I have not done big pieces.  I have also tried some new projects (check out my office makeover here).


I have been trying hard to finish a small recycle project.  Actually, its a big project for me but maybe a small project for others.  I was driving home one day and by the road with a large “FREE” sign on it was an old cabinet.  I am not one for antiques but this piece caught my eye.

Cabinet 1_Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch_ Free Box_ @DownshiftingPRO_ General Mills

It was a small cabinet with two doors and was the perfect size to fit in my living room.  For years I have had to put up with my husband’s stereo equipment siting on the floor.  I have always wanted a cabinet but we keep talking about getting something new, something small, something modern.  Well, that hasn’t happened yet so instead, I decided that I would re-vamp this ‘free’ treasure and make it my own.

Cabinet 2_Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch_ Free Box_ @DownshiftingPRO_ General Mills
Cabinet 3_Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch_ Free Box_ @DownshiftingPRO_ General Mills

I did not take a before picture so you’ll have to imagine how it was pretty beat up.  There is no backing to the cabinet and we had to buy a piece of wood to fit over a large cut out in the middle.  No worries, it can all be done.

You can imagine how I was taken with the delicate details of this cabinet.  I wanted something that was pretty simple but had a few embellishments.  I have chosen to change the handles but I think it may take a while to find the knobs that I want. I am thinking something made of crystal that dangles.  Can you picture this?

Cabinet 4_Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch_ Free Box_ @DownshiftingPRO_ General Mills

If you can see, there is a few fine details on the legs and the base.  Painting this with spray paint is no small task.  I thought it would just take a few coats but in truth it took three and a fourth would not be a bad idea.  In the picture below, the grey paint is a high gloss finish but not high gloss enough for me.  I need to convince my husband to apply a few coats of polyurethane to create that really high gloss look that I want.

Cabinet 5_Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch_ Free Box_ @DownshiftingPRO_ General Mills
Cabinet 6_Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch_ Free Box_ @DownshiftingPRO_ General Mills

So after a few months in storage, I hope to finish this project next weekend.  Keep tune for a Wordless Wednesday post for the finished product! I have converted this ‘antique’ into a useful cabinet.  I have turned something old and revamped it to be something new.

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Margarita Ibbott is a travel and lifestyle blogger. She blogs about travel in Canada, the United States and Europe giving practical advice through restaurant, hotel and attraction reviews. She writes for and other online media outlets.

16 thoughts on “Something old is ‘new’ again – Furniture Spray Paint Makeover”

  1. Your cabinet is looking great! Painting a big piece of furniture is no small task, so I can appreciate all the hard work that’s went into it so far. I can picture dangling crystal knobs looking beautiful on this.

  2. Oh I love the cabinet!! It looks amazing. I love taking things and making them new. I posted my cheerios post about making yarn out of some of our old clothes. Ones we love but just aren’t in wearable condition any more. I think knit it into a floor mat 🙂

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  3. Beautiful cabinet! Would have loved to have seen the before photos. Great job though. Love the colour you chose for spray paint.

  4. Oh wow, what a gorgeous cabinet! Can’t wait to see the final results on it! The crystal idea for the knobs is fab; it usually takes me about two weeks to finally determine what knobs I like when changing things up a bit, lol.

  5. That is a beautiful cabinet Margarita. I can understand why you snagged it. Looks great so far too. Looks like I missed out on breakfast, so we’ll have to wait until it hits the stores. Good luck on the finishing touches for your project!

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