Updating a Built In Desk with Paint and Decor
Now onto the task at hand! This is one of the bigger projects that I tackled in my house, painted cabinets. For those that have done this before those words might make you cringe remembering the hard work that went into it, most of the time though, the results are completely worth it. It’s like having a baby, once it out you totally forget about the pain. Just kidding, I’m clearly not a mother yet.
Here are a couple of before shots…
It all looks so dingy and typical. I took this picture from the front door. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in, so I knew I wanted it to be a feature wall that draws you in and makes an impact.
Here is a little closer look at this uninspiring bookcase. I LOVE that it’s there, it just needed a lot of work to get it where I wanted. I was actually the first major project I tackled after moving in. I even started sanding it BEFORE we officially signed the papers because I couldn’t stand the sight of it.
I started by painting the accent wall first, which I don’t recommend. There was a lot of wall washing when it was all said and done, but that color! Oh, it was so intoxicating I just couldn’t resist smothering it all over those walls that I was too impatient. The color is Benjamin Moore Bermuda Turquoise. It was the PERFECT shade of peacock blue for this space, I just can’t get enough of it. I even painted my bedroom closet the same color. After the accent wall, I laid on the primer. I use KILZ, the oily stuff. It stinks but sure gets the job done.
This is the mess we lived with for longer than I would like to admit *cough*five months*cough*. I had my husband all worried that I would be one of those people who starts projects and never finishes, and I’m all like, well I don’t see YOU grabbing a paintbrush?!? Then I came back down to earth, stopped being so defensive and actually finished it.
It’s now finished! The accent wall was painted, the cabinets got a coat of white. The inside was looking a little too plain, so I went for something subtle with a light shade of gray that I mixed up about 1 in the morning. You know, because some things have to be done.RIGHT.THIS.SECOND. and that was one of them. The new hardware came from Target and the hinges were spray painted with Rustoleum Silver metallic. I also put up a lantern on the ceiling, undecided if it is going to stay.
I accessorized it with only thing I had on hand. I was keeping it cheap and didn’t want to buy new accessories. Well, its not that I didn’t want new accessories, it’s that I didn’t want to PAY for them. I’m sure you know how it it. No Oklahoma house is complete without some beach decor, obviously. Yes, I really did subscribe to surfer magazine and everyone I know makes fun of me for it. A girl can dream!
In case you want to know WHERE in Oklahoma I live, there it is…
Thanks for checking out my cabinet transformation! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any cabinet makeovers, I’d love to see!
What a beautifully vibrant wall! And a great thing to see first thing you walk thru the door. I absolutely LOVE built ins! I don’t know why, I always have and the crazy thing is, in all my thirty years of marriage, I’ve never had any, lol (except in closets). Now that I have the time, but not so much of the budget, (two kids in college, ugh) and I’m on Disability Retirement at 49, another ugh, I’ve been bitten by the Redo, Paint, Craft, Sew, Etc. bug!!
I actually daydream about all the flea markets and antique stores here (Arkansas) and and dying to redo a piece of furniture and I will one day :).
But again, kudos on your built ins, the color, the decor and everything about it is gorgeous!!