June 5, 2014

Furniture Makeover, Hand Painted Country Cabinet to Colorful and Funky Using Recycled and Repurposed Elements

painted furniture country cabinet before and after
Here's a fun little furniture makeover I completely recently.

wooden country cabinet makeover
I started with this very country style wooden cabinet.

wooden country cabinet makeover
It's a sturdy piece and I thought it had potential to become something more our style.

wooden country cabinet makeover
The little country house isn't going to cut it for me. :) 

Starting from the bottom, this is what I did...and didn't do!

adding wooden elements to cabinet
I had the idea to add a curvy corner piece and cut the door to fit it,
so I did that, but... 

large vintage corbel
After it was all mounted and the door cut, I realized how much better
THIS corbel would work, so I changed them out... and yes
I had already glued and screwed the previous piece into place.

cutting cabinet door to match corbel insert
Here is the new corbel, luckily, it's larger so it didn't really
affect my new cuts in the door. I like this version much better.

This is a very old corbel so it probably is coated with lead paint, I left it
as is and dry brushed a few colors on top of it then sealed with poly.

I didn't really have an exact plan on colors so I just played and  
layered colors as I went.

using recycled house numbers in furniture makeover
For the drawer, I had a large, rusty and aged metal house number "0"
so I cut an opening in the drawer to match the number and 
attached it as the "drawer pull". Someone on my Facebook page
said it looked like a mouth...and it kind of does! haha

funky painted striped wooden cabinet
I painted the sides in stripes and the inside in a deep purpley pink,
I think that color looks great with the turquoise drawer front.

using recycled clock hands in furniture makeover
Right above the drawer, I cut out the little area on the back
just to mix it up and have another area to add a fun element. 

metal plaque in cabinet makeover
I had this metal plaque that used to be a wall hanging and I used it to fill that open area. 

funky elements, repurposed and recycled furniture
I simply screwed it in from the back and left it pretty much the same color.

door cut out on cabinet makeover
For the doors, I removed the country heart door inserts.

giant metal clock hands
I had a pair of large decorative metal clock hands and thought 
they would be fun as the inserts...

colorful cabinet before and after
I turned them different directions and mounted from the inside.

colorful painted cabinet door with metal insert
I decided to paint the inside of the cabinet behind the doors
in layered turquoise and aqua colors.

using thumbtacks, fun uses for thumbtacks, thumbtacks as design
I edged the fronts of the shelves in thumbtacks, painted right over them in turquoise,
washed with brown and wiped off the excess.

I really love thumbtacks. I've used them on dollar store pumpkins
...just to name a few.
Search for "thumbtacks" on my blog for other ideas. They are totally underrated.

hand painted knobs, whimsical, colorful
The original doors had cute little white porcelain knobs that I removed,
(of course I saved them, they are perfect dragonfly eyes), but I wanted
something more colorful, and I wanted them in a different spot on the door.

hand painted drawer pulls makeover
I had a colorful ceramic knob I wanted to use...just one, but of course I needed two. 
So I painted a pair of wooden finials in the style of the ceramic knob and coated with
 glossy Rustoleum Lacquer for a ceramic look.
They are much more shiny than this photo is showing.

funky pediment on cabinet using repurposed and recycled elements
For the very top of the cabinet, I wanted a pediment of some sort.
I had half a clock face leftover from one of my colorful architectural angels
and that was my jumping off point, but...it needed something else...

wood look resin plaques
This is a set of resin plaques I used to have hanging on my wall.
I decided to incorporate part of them as well, so I cut it apart...

carved wood look pieces cut from a wall plaque
It actually cut pretty easily with the jigsaw and I left it the same color
and touched up the cut ends with paint.

funky, eco art, using recycled pieces on furniture
I attached the resin piece with glue to the clock face and secured
the whole assembly to the top of the cabinet.

adding fun wooden elements to furniture pieces
I also added a little carved wooden piece from a chair to this top area. 

wood carved fragment drawer pull
The "knob" for the bottom door is literally a fragment from another
carved wooden piece and I brushed on turquoise paint over the 
original brown finish.

hand painted wooden cabinet with curvy door cutout
I attached to the door with a little screw...

painted inside of cabinet with stripes
I painted the inside of the bottom door as well as the 
inside of the cabinet and added a few stripes on the shelf edge.

hand painted layered paint finish
I added lots of layers of color to the front of the cabinet door.

hand painted colorful cabinet with black and white stripes
In my mind, when painting colorful pieces, I think they can all benefit
from a touch of black, or a black and white combo. I use the black and white
checks and stripes a lot in my pieces and this was no exception.
I added stripes in the middle...

black and white stripes on hand painted cabinet
On little side "support" pieces I added...

striped furniture leg
On the insides of the legs...
There's really no place left unpainted on this piece! 

hand painted yellow furniture
Like I mentioned, I ended up layering different colors on the whole
piece, sanding a bit or wiping off as I went to get a nice aged effect.

layered paint colorful cabinet makeover
I also washed everything with thinned brown paint and wiped off to tone
it all down.

painted hinges
I wasn't super careful when combining and layering the colors,
I wanted a whimsical, artsy look.

hand painted colorful cabinet makeover
So there you have it...

hand painted funky cabinet makeover, whimsical, colorful, recycled
Country to funky.

recycled and painted cabinet makeover
Thank you so much for reading about my cabinet makeover!

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  1. Luc. it's been so long since you, (or I) for that matter has done a piece of artsy furniture! I love this! I have so many pieces I want to redo-Etsy has just become such a beast! Thanks for the inspiration-M

    1. Thank you sweet lady! Yes, it was a blast to do, I have another piece I want to paint soon. Too bad painted furniture is too hard to ship! haha!

  2. What a transformation!! Great job!


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