Monday, July 26, 2010

Makeover - episode III


Well, I did it. Half way through I seriously questioned the rationale for doing it, but, I did it! I painted the armoire black. Well, it's not really black it's Benjamin Moore Black Jack which is a charcoal grey but after testing a number of blacks, including Soot and Baby Seal, I settled on Black Jack. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I'm really trying to move away from the woodsy/cabin look but I didn't want to get rid of the TV armoire because it's solid wood - and so much of what you buy these days is not - I just didn't want that huge block of woodgrain sitting in the living room any more!

BEFORE(above) AFTER(below)


I had bought some simple black iron pull rings for the cupboard doors but when I attached them they looked so blah! Then I remembered that I had bought these simple tin rosettes about 10 years ago - and voila, I love them. They are fun and young and a total contract to the slick black surface. This is part 3 of the makeover - if you'd like to follow along - click here! Next up is new art and light fixtures - then the house gets painted - woot!

25 comments:

Ms. Chyme said...

Looks perfect. Good job!

daisy janie said...

Really turned out beautifully! Love the knobs and your little distressed spots. You're getting there!!

Lauren said...

What did you do to get the distressed spots? I love the way it turned out.

Julie said...

LOVE. IT. Well done Fiona!

lori (aka: marzi) said...

looks amazing fiona, and those knobs are fantastic!

Cheri Lewis said...

The armoire looks fantastic and I couldn't help from smiling at the rose knobs - a perfect unexpected twist! xo

iva yaneva said...

Oh, I love them against the dark color, nice job! :)

Jane Flanagan said...

You did such an amazing job!!

Layers and Layers said...

It's perfect Fiona!!! It's feels grounded in the room now and is a perfect compliment to your new Hermes sofas! LOVE, great job...and j'adore the whimsy of the new knobs....
S

Fiona Cartolina said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone - I am expecting someone to question my decision to paint over such nice wood - but I figure that because I was the one who originally stained and varnished it's original unfinished state I don't mind painting over it! And it's amazing to me how much smaller it looks in the living room - I was scared it was going to look like a big black box but It looks way better than the original I think.
Lauren to get the little distressed spots you just wipe the corners gently with a rag as it begins to dry so that the original finish shows through!
Fiona

Cate said...

Love the new black! Black Jack definitely worked.It looks very smart - the whole room is going to be stunning!

Nancy said...

Looking good Fiona! Love the tin cabinet knobs!

Cathe (Feterie) said...

Love it, Fiona! And the rosette knobs is that added tough that makes me think of you. It the surprise factor. Well done!

Natalie said...

Wow! What an amazing transformation. I really want to paint our retro china cabinet, but it is such a daunting task, and I'm scared that once I get started I'll never finish!! How long did it take you to paint this piece?

Fiona Cartolina said...

Hi Natalie,
It took about 5 hours. Sanding the whole thing first took a couple of hours because it had a shiny, varnished finish on it. I roughed up the surface with sand paper using a circular motion to make sure the latex paint would adhere. then wiped it all down, masked off the hinges and started painting. I used a small velvet roller to get a smooth finish but the panels were tricky - so I used a small brush. I put 2 coats of paint on. I painted the inside of the doors but not the entire inside of the cupboard.
I'd love to see your cabinet makeover if you do it!
Fiona

Nyla said...

Looks beautiful Fiona! You did a fantastic job. Love how the room is taking shape with those fabulous new sofas and how about those toss cushions! Homesense finds I hear?! and love the vintage posters! Thanks for sharing :)

Chantale said...

It looks incredible!! I love how you distressed it a bit too. And the rosettes are darling! Great job!

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Hi Fiona, I just discovered your blog and I have to say it's special, insightful, creative, and darn right wonderful.------- also he who stain may paint, although I liked the wood I don't have to look at it like you do and it does look beautiful in black. Keep up the hard work.

Brittany Noel said...

Love this in black! I'm so glad you decided to do this, I think it will really redefine your new space. And I absolutely adore the tin rosettes. I would like a couple just to put into the wall!

Dainty said...

I love what you did to your armoire! I agree that brown furniture is depressingly brown.

Will you give me tips on how you went about this? I have a very brown table that's I'd get rid of if it didn't have such a beautiful oval shape. I want to paint it white to match my white/grey living room. Thank you!

Claudia said...

Fiona! This looks great. I really love the color you picked... looks great with everything else at your place.

The Armchair Parisian said...

Very cool! Like the distressing ~ the prefect touch!

Jamie said...

I love this post series! I am in the process of doing the exact same thing in our Whistler cabin! I looked at your before photos and it looks just like our place. I want "urban country" too and have been so torn about how to do it. I am going to start by painting our golden yellow walls and then tackle painting the solid pine furnishings. Please keep us updated.
Cheers,
Jamie

Leigha said...

It looks so great. Those tin roses are the perfect finishing touch.

Amanda said...

What a gorgeous makeover!
You did a great job.
I love black pieces like this. Beautiful.

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