Thursday, 30 April 2009

My Procrastinated Project

Melissa at The Inspired Room is having a Project Procrastinators Party! Well, I fit right in. I procrastinate everything. Today is the day to post before pictures, then in two weeks, we get to post after pictures! This sad little cabinet is my very first ever furniture purchase. I bought it from a used furniture store for $20 when I was 15 years old. I paid way too much for it. But I love it now just as much as I loved it then. For the past 10 years, I have been meaning to paint it a lovely cream colour, but I've never had a place to actually do the painting. I could have used the basement in our last house, but the green actually coordinated with our bedroom walls there, so it wasn't a priority. Now, we have an unfinished basement, a garage, and a backyard! So I have no more excuses. And that ugly lamp (my first ever purchased) needs something decisive done to it too. Look at the cute little handle! I have questioned whether I should take it off and try to clean the paint off...but will I ever be able to get it back on? What do you think? I think I will probably replace the hinges, since they don't fit right anyway. Look at the lovely glossy black interior. It makes it difficult to see anything in there. I took the first step this week in getting this painted. I bought primer, brushes, and a $3.00 can of mis-tinted paint. I chose not to use spray paint because I like brushstrokes in this kind of wooden pieces. And I even organised the basement full of moving mess in order to have a place to work. It's still to cold and windy outside to work there. Since I'm not using spray paint, I don't fear the gas furnace. I still need to get a lead testing kit. Home Depot doesn't sell them, so I need to paint stores next. If there is lead on my cabinet, I'll have to wait until I'm not pregnant or nursing before it finally gets painted. Or I'll get KD to do the sanding and primer. Come back in two weeks to see the after pictures!


  1. It's really cute! I actually like it how it is now, so I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  2. Oh, that cabinet is so cute! If you still love it so much after all this time, you definitely didn't pay too much for it.

    I really love the latch. You can probably strip the paint chemically, without removing it. Considering all of the paint covering the screws, that may be your only option.

    Good luck. Can't wait to see the end results!

    Fellow procrastinator (with an ugly coffee table)

  3. That's a cute cabinet! I like the latch - good luck getting the paint off it!


  4. Very cute.......looks like your 15 year old self knew a good find when she saw it.

    Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

  5. Can't wait to see what it will look like in 2 weeks!

    I would leave the latch on & use chemicals too (I know, not very green, but works great).


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