At FBR, we never throw away useable furniture pieces, but this dowdy wooden cabinet was on its way out the door. Â Until! Â Juliana transformed this trash-to-be into an adorable, enviable accent table. Â You too can turn curbside trash into a piece that you’ll treasure, just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Taking stock. Â The cabinet was looking a little rough: it was smelly, the hinges were loose and in general it was just falling apart. Â ”Old and nasty” said Juliana.
Step 2: The base. Â Juliana removed the wooden base of the cabinet. Â It was too heavy and falling to pieces. Â She scrounged up some old table legs that were lying around the FBR shop and cut them to size. Â The brass hardware on the bottom of the legs was tarnished & needed a little polishing up. Â Juliana worked her magic with a simple home-ec. tip: toothpaste! Â First, clean the tarnished brass. Â Next, scrub it down with a glob of toothpaste & some steel wool.
Huge improvement! Â Notice the difference?
Step 3: Get ‘er ready! Â Juliana sanded the entire piece down and then prepped it with a coat of primer. Â She reinforced hinges and replaced old hardware where necessary. Â Some regular old interior house paint, in a lovely salmon color, provides the accent on this accent piece. Â Remember: 2 coats will make sure it’s even and smooth.
Step 4: Shell-ac! Â Juliana selected some cute seashell wallpaper and covered the interiors of the cabinet, including this unique pull-out tray. Â The entire piece was then finished with 2 coats of spray gloss.
Ta-Da! Â It looks great - totally transformed!