Tuesday, March 24, 2009

before and after

found at the second hand store for $25. i saw some potential.
sand it down, primer it, and spray paint it.


Editied: okay i can't stand all the "white" so i'm changing the pillow covers

and now it can be found in my laundry/mudroom...husband painted the laundry/mudroom this weekend. i went out on a limb and bought "blue-ish" paint. it was rather frightening to me when we were applying the paint how "periwinkle" blue it looked. husband assured me that it was going to darken and change as time went on. if i were to do it again i would go for a slightly darker shade...but all in all i like the color and how cheery my laundry room is now. so i should totally think that laundry is a cheery thing to do now...well another cold day in hell will happen before i associate "cheery" with laundry...

also husband would like to know why on earth i would put up baskets on the wall. i told him that i thought it looked cute...he said "whatevah"...and so they stayed up on the wall.

87 comments:

Quilt Nut said...

love it!! could never guess it was the same piece of furniture. and i love that paint color, it looks fabulous

Melly said...

what a great find for $25 and the baskets on the wall look fabulous, you're just so gifted :)

A Touch of Country said...

How adorable!

Thanks!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

WOW! It does look great! And yes I agree the baskets just look cute. Why not!

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

looks fabulous darling! LOL ooxx`jodi

Mee a Bee said...

WoW! wow! that is gorgeous!

Shabby Raggy Roses said...

How cute. You did a great job finding that! I think your baskets DO look great on the wall - my hubby asks me similar questions and gets that answer!
Best wishes,
Jenelle

Varny Voo said...

Love it, Love it, Love it Yes i love it. So cute!

The Martin Family said...

Love this! Do you now where I could find its sister. it would go perfect in my kitchen. And I really love the paint colors you chose for the wall and bench.

adrienne said...

adorable!

Bloom said...

That is a very bizarre piece of furniture! I don't think I have ever seen a chair combined with a cupboard! But in your usual way, you have transformed into something quite gorgeous. You have wonderful talent at seeing the beauty in something ... well, ... downright ugly!! Very impressive.

lera said...

Love it!

We painted our laundry room, too, this weekend. And changed the flooring.

Cottage Lifestyle said...

The transformation is pheonomenal.

Renee

Laurie said...

Oh, guess what I'm doing today with our gossip/phone chair? That is what they are called, I've been told by my MIL. She gave us one and we haven't done anything with it. I'm thinking a paint job will make it prettier for sure! Thanks for the idea!
Happy Spring!

Rachel H. said...

SOOOO CUTE! You have that natural talent for beauty. It's awesome!

rachel griffith said...

love it!!!
awesome job.

i like the blue.
{and hey...HE painted it!!! yayyy!!!}

and tell hubby that you aren't the only one that puts baskets on the wall.
:D

Ellyn said...

ohhhhh I have a very similar piece, it was my parents & I saved it from the trash when I was a teenager.... Mom was "done" with it. I have been debating painting it for years.... you have inspired me (but mine will not be white! Maybe red?)

Sarah said...

Lovely! I love the cream and polka dot fabric on the wreath and peaking out from the basket.

Sarah said...

Lovely! I love the cream and polka dot fabric on the wreath and peaking out from the basket.

Angela said...

Adorable, V! Love finding great finds like this.

Nanci said...

It's not the fact that you painted the room, but the fact that you have space in your laundry room to put a beauty like that in there!!!!!!!1

We are the Zitzmans said...

Great Job my friend. Love that you put some paneling on the cabinet. Love the baskets too, boys just don't understand do they!

We are the Zitzmans said...

So on closer inspection, see that the original had paneling...well it shows up better with the white, so still a shout out to you.

Shawn ; ) said...

Yes that is an old phone bench,used when we had phones that plugged into the wall, my parents had one. You could have a seat when getting into a chatty conversation. Your project turned out great! Wonderful work in the Bake Shop too!!

Treasuresofjoy said...

My Mom has an old phone bench like that.
Sorry to hear you take on laundry. I am kinda an "I love laundry" freak, now I am not so cheery about cleaning tubs and toilets, but I do it.
I love you makeover.

Betsy said...

Oh my gosh...you have so much goodness going on at your house right now!

Kelly O. said...

LOOOOOVE the phone bench transformation!! Why am I never lucky enough to find stuff like that when I go to the second hand shops?!!
Fabulous!

Brooke said...

Yep. My husband would think I had lost my mind if I hung baskets on the wall. They just don't understand our creativity!!! :o)

I love the way the bench/cabinet turned out!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

The bench is adorable.... but I'm with your husband on the baskets. The nice thing about wall decor is it can always be changed if one ever tires of it.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Charming - of course. I love the pillows on it. The blue color is perfection - of course!

Sherri said...

What a terrific job you did...I'd love to be able to refinish furniture like that! And the pillows, the paint, the baskets on the wall...they all go terrifically!

Mindy said...

I am amazed at how a coat of white paint made that change! Good job, V! You are the master of seeing potential!

Amy said...

When my husband has the nerve to ask questions like, "Why did you put that _______ on that ________?" I usually say something kind and respectful like, "I did it to piss you off."

Silver Scissor Quilts said...

YOu have such a good eye for things. I was inspired to go to the second hand store on Friday to see if I could find anything as cute as you find. I need to learn to see the potential in things.

Luke and Katie said...

looks fantastic!! what are you changing the pillow covers to?

Nash said...

so freakin cute.
seriously. i just saw something similar at goodwill here. i may have to snatch it up.
so you always primer huh? i am so impatient. i sand really quick and not very thoroughly, then spray away.i have only used black. think i will expand my color wheel and go for something different.

resmith said...

Wow!! Thant looks fantastic. Love it I think I might me a little jealous. :)

Darlene said...

you have a great eye.

Darlene said...

you have a great eye.

Aimee said...

Love your finishing job! I saw the beginning pic and realized Jake's mom has the exact same piece - only now hers needs refinished to look great too!

3 M's said...

isn't it amazing what a little TLC can do for a neat thrift store find? I have a chair I need time to do much the same to...

My sis is Kiza- she blogs on her family here http://www.woelfels.blogspot.com/
I know she absolutely digs your blog but I don't see that she comments. Neat fact: she's going to get fabric today to make 3 easter baskets-one for each kiddo.

Jill said...

Um, LOVING the baskets on the wall! Can I just say Fabulous? I love seeing the potential. :)

belladella said...

So cute! You did an awesome job and I love the accesories. You know, men totally don't get baskets and plates on the wall. They just never will. And my hubby acts like I am the only one on the planet that does it.

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I really love that piece of furniture! I've seen a few like it and have always liked the "feel" of them. The makeover was perfect. I love it.
Rebecca
RootsAndWingsCo.blogspot.com

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

I would have totally snatched that piece up too! Looks awesome.
~Misti

goldenbird said...

What an unusual bench. I've never seen anything like it. Really, really cute.

Christina said...

Arn't husbands good at comments like that! Mine would have said the SAME thing. It's so cute. I really love it.

lisa said...

I think I would change the pull, but it looks great! I never find anything like that for $25! And I like the baskets too.

Casey said...

oh I love that!

Sara said...

Love it! So cute - and I love the white! I think the pillows are perfect. Thanks for sharing a peek ;)
Sara

Angie said...

I just love the "after" on the bench. The baskets complete the look I think!
angie

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

Oh my goodness... I love that bench... and love all the fabric and baskets with it!!

Kiza said...

So I have to be honest... I have NEVER liked those big beefy telephone side chairs. Ever. Until today. Who knew that a coat of spray paint could make it look so... light! Its adorable. And I am a bit embarrassed that I've passed them up. So cute.

Kiza said...

So I have to be honest... I have NEVER liked those big beefy telephone side chairs. Ever. Until today. Who knew that a coat of spray paint could make it look so... light! Its adorable. And I am a bit embarrassed that I've passed them up. So cute.

Mrs. Trixi said...

Oh, wow, it looks great!!!

Marylynn said...

That turned out way cute! I know people that put baskets on there wall. My grandma always did and I thought she had wonderful taste. I wish I had a unlimited amount of money so you could come deacorate my house

Jessica Munk said...

LOVE the refinish!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Really cute furniture. I have had baskets hanging from my dining room wall for years! I was going to use them for rolls, but thought they looked better as decoration :-)

Wendy said...

I love that! It looks great white!

Steph said...

Wow - it's FANTASTIC!

Z Family said...

Heck yeah you saw potential! THat looks great.

Jenn said...

So cute!!

I've seen several of those on craigslist lately and I keep thinking they would look cute in my entry, but painted like that is even better!

Spencer Family 6 said...

Looks great!!!!!

Sandy said...

That is awesome!!

SLO Rober said...

Holy cow, girl! I look at your post (very cute, btw!) and I see "64 super cool people said..."!!! I don't think I even KNOW 64 people, let alone super cool ones! Way to go! p.s. can you come and help me re-paint by boys bunk beds and dressers? Do I really have to take it all apart and take it outside to paint it? I need to do something about the turquoise blue now that it is just a boys room.

Terri's ThreadArt said...

That's IT! I'm headed to Goodwill tomorrow to look for one of these!
It's fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Love your projects.
I'm a newbie at refinishing.
Question about sanding - just a bit, or all over - major job?

V and Co. said...

sand it just to rough it up some. no need to do too much sanding, and yes all over. it's not a major job if you aren't trying to strip all the varnish and paint off. hope that helps

Trisha said...

I love it, and I love your blog. You have so many cute ideas. I also love your writing style!!! So fun!

Julie Isa said...

LOVE it!!!

Ferrill said...

Wowser! Talk about the ugly duckling becoming a swan! You have vision! Love your style!

Christina said...

This is one of the best makeovers I've seen. The white paint just make it amazing. I thought you had added paneling to the door also. Paint really brought the door to life. Beautiful!

Jill said...

this gets me in the mood to go hit the thrift stores and yard sales. Just painting it white transforms it into "So fresh and fun" !!!

amylouwho said...

ooooooh I love Extreme Makeover: Furniture edition! I've done some myself. It's amazing what fresh coat of paint will do for an old piece. It looks amazing!

Do you know what it was used for originally? What a great little storage space for keys, phones, mail, etc...

~Q~ said...

you have a beautiful vision... I wish I could do stuff like that. I will have to look around for things to makeover with a coat of paint and reuse. Thanks for the inspiration!

Connie W said...

The gossip bench in its fresh white coat of paint inspired me to re-do an old chair. I will have to sew up some new cushion covers which will be a new experience for me...I hope it turns out as pretty as yours.

Camille and Luke said...

I'm so mad! I saw this post and thought, "How cute! I want a bench like that. I've never seen one tho so I'll have to start looking!" Well, the VERY next day on Craigs list I found one! Just one hour after it was posted! I thought for sure I'd get it! But alas, she was showing it to a lady later that afternoon and it was gone. I wasn't very happy! I wanted a bench like you! haha I also just wanted to say thanks, I love reading your blog!

Thanks-
Camille
Lucky_cookies (at) yahoo.com

Mara said...

that looks so great! That's what I would love to do to half of our furniture, but my husband loves the look of unpainted wood and I think he would have a heart attack if I mentioned it. Maybe I'll start with something he doesn't love and show him how much better it can look. Beautiful inspiration!

~ Mara

Pieces of Us said...

I can't believe that is even the same piece of furniture. It looks awesome!

p.s. I like the baskets on the wall too =)

Stacey said...

great score!!! Love it - wish I could find such treasures!

fawnda said...

I totally need one of these tables! Great job! Love it!

Heidi said...

wowza! You totally transformed that into something I would not have expected to turn out so cute from the looks of how it began.

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Beautiful! What I love even more is those pillows!

Cindy said...

Cute! Love it!

Tennille said...

I have never seen a gossip bench before but I must say that yours is too cute. Love that you but a before and after.

Anna See said...

this makes me smile. i can't imaging doing laundry in such a pretty setting.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Your gossip bench looks fabulous.
I just love it. The whole setting looks nice with the baskets and all. I have a picnic basket exactly like your's, my mom gave me over 32 yrs ago or more. It is still natural just like yours.
Enjoyed your blog, came over from
Kimba's Soft place to land.
Have a great day.
Blessings, Nellie

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