the darkest hour is just before celadon
Our dining room is our go-to place for entertaining. and eating. and drinking. Not that we have been drinking alot lately. Not with the breastfeeding and all. Excuse me while I drown my tears with a bottle of Jolt. Just joking, you boob police. Needless to say our little ’bar’ area isn’t getting a whole lotta action. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t benefit from a little makeover.
The after is much more appealing. For one, painting below the chair rail really helped lighten things up. Then you might notice a little cabinet makeover. More on that in a bit.
Here it is from another angle. The previous paint was oppressive. And completely the wrong undertones…which drives me batty. It might not show it because the white balance was off in this photo but believe me…it was like poop walls.
But now I feel like this little area is perfect for anytime we want to entertain. All we do is snatch a few wine glasses and a bottle of sparkling cider and we are ready for cheese balls. And I ain’t talking about our guests
As for our little cabinet makeover, it was really simple. First we emptied the entire cabinet and screwed out the handles and hinges.
Once it was outside and completely disassembled, I gave it a good sanding with medium sandpaper (just enough to get the finish off) and then wiped it clean with a clean papertowel. Using a tack rag to get all those miniscule dust particles off is my favorite way to ensure no grit under the primer. So I did that after my papertowel wipeage.
Then I used a waterbased primer to give the piece a first coat. Generally, I use an oilbased paint to prime furniture (Zinnser is my favorite) but since I knew that I might want to make this a chippy-antique looking piece one day, I decided that a water-based primer would easily sand/chip/peel off for that worn look.
Then I used a 1 inch knife to fill the holes. All you do is shmear the filler into the holes and wait till it’s dry. Then you sand till smooth. I applied a second coat of primer over the top just to ensure a perfect finish. Then I just went to town with the spraypaint till it had more layers than a onion.
I haven’t chosen any knobs for it yet. I don’t know exactly why. I just haven’t. But I have been eyein these.
I have put a few little things on the top sortof like a mini-bar. I love the little tray (which was originally blue) and it’s curved little edge. It reminds me of the wine racks above it…so it works. Then you might notice I put a little birds cage beside it with one of my little Goodwill birds. You may remember the bird cage from an old post from around Christmas time. It was originally gold but with a quick coat of white spraypaint, it takes on a completely different life. I didn’t give it a complete flawless coat because I liked the older looking finish.
For those of you wondering what’s inside…here’s a peek. We stash all sorts of random decor items and ‘dining room accessories’ inside.
Like the mini-makeover of our bar area? Do you like the celadon color I chose for the cabinet? I think I might change it to red. I am somewhat obsessed with red these days. I don’t know why. It may or may not have something to do with those dang vampire movies all over the place.
Have you tackled any small furniture makeovers or space changes lately? Anyone incorporate this unique celadon color in your home? Wanna vote I change this thing to red? Or perhaps you store your napkin rings in your bar area too?