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When we moved in here and our storage delivery was fifteen days late, I had plenty of time to decide where I would place the pieces of furniture I knew was coming eventually. I'd remember one piece at a time and think where am I going to put that? After a few days of stepping out of this shower and being greeted by my 41-year old self in that wall to wall mirror, I decided I HAD to have a piece of furniture or something there to block that view.
Pardon the cruddy photo - snapped it right after we moved in and during those fifteen days when we were waiting on furniture!
My mind immediately went to the beast. (I've taken to calling it the beast because I knew whatever I did to it was going to be work! LOL) I knew it would be great for storage of towels and toiletries. I also knew it's height would be a good one for blocking views. The delivery guys unloaded it from the truck and took it to this spot. Every time I got out of the shower, I thought about how much I hated those hearts and swirls. I was becoming obsessed with it! So, I decided to tackle it. Again, the two year old question of what color to paint it came into play. I finally decided that white would be too white. And black would be too dark. Even a creamy white would not do. I seriously thought of going off of that blue inside and going with a turquoise-ish color. It would have matched my black and white toile curtains. But, it wouldn't match the newly bought shade of green rugs I'd bought for the room. What color, what color? I did what I do best - procrastinate some more, go blog reading to get my mind off of it. I logged on to my blog reader and clicked on Miss Mustard Seed's blog. Her blog post that day was about looking past imperfections of badly painted pieces and not bothering about the work of making it a perfectly paintable surface before making it your own. And her feature piece that day was gray. A Poor Paint Job Gray? Poorly painted beginnings? Distressing? Did someone call my name or did I imagine hearing that because that post "spoke to me". Gray was my color choice. But how to you get gray without getting something that looks like primer? Definitely not with spray paint, my easy go to. Enter Home Depot's Behr paint in Rhino.
My plans were to be lazy. I was going to embrace the paint runs, crackled paint, iffy spots and just get to work sanding what I thought was just going to be the top surface to knock off the sheen and let my paint adhere.
From there, I rubbed walnut stain over the entire piece and wiped it off so that it wasn't too thick, heavy or dark. The stain seeped into the bare wood and brought out its rich color. It also seeped into the marks of the sand paper and created a neat effect (in my opinion) of distressing to the whole piece. And, it toned down the bright gray and made it more muted.
Knobs and hinges were another challenge. I thought I wanted glass knobs for the piece. But, those are hard to find! I was ready to hit buy on an ebay set I found, but I found some not glass, but made to look like glass ones at a local hardware store. I tried one of those and didn't like it. So, I opted for black knobs from Lowes. Easy enough. The hinges were a different story. I didn't like the original ones. I couldn't reuse them anyway because the people before me had painted them and their screws. I tried two different types of hinges, but neither worked. Because the doors are inset, I couldn't get away from the old style hinges. I bought a new set of those, put them on and called it done.
We put the piece back into place and I love it! I love how the beast was transformed into a beauty! And just how much stuff the inside can hold!