Remember that crappy entertainment center that I scored for free when our deadbeat renter skipped town?
With just a little paint and elbow grease (and, Hugh's master carpentry skills), it's now a serviceable buffet/wine hutch in my dining room, and I love it.
I used white chalk paint to achieve the look that I wanted, painting directly over the original black and brown finishes.
Hugh built the wine and wineglass racks, utilizing the shelving that came with the piece as well as some wood scavenged from the hardware store. I painted them with the chalk paint once they were finished and installed into the cabinet.
Then, I used sand paper and sanding blocks to distress the areas where I wanted those old finishes to show through.
After wiping it down with a damp cloth, to remove the dust from the sanding, I sealed the paint with a clear wax, allowing it dry and cure overnight before buffing it into a really pretty, silky finish. Then, the last step was to install new drawer pulls and doorknobs, purchased from Home Depot.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I absolutely love the finished piece. Not only is it gorgeous, but; it increased my storage capacity by quite a bit, which, led to a purge and re-organization of the china hutch in the dining room. Now, all of the pieces that I use most frequently are easy to get to. I also rediscovered a few things deep within the recesses of the hutch that I had completely forgotten I owned, due to them being buried beneath a shit-tonnage of crap that I had no place else to store. Bonus!
Another bonus is the increased surface area on which to display photos and seasonal decor, which, we all know I like to switch up on the regular. All in all, this little project has been quite the coup, which, is probably going to be a terrifying thing for Hugh, since, now, I will be on the hunt for more furniture to transform.
People? I may have just discovered the answer to Empty Nest Syndrome.
(Run, Hugh. Run)