The makeover required a few things - sanding, priming and painting, replacing the clear glass with mirror, restoring the shine on the hardware and installing a shelf and a back to the unit.
We were pretty thrifty with the makeover - I actually didn't have to buy anything at all for it except for a glass cutter which was crazy inexpensive. We ended up cutting the rather large mirror that used to be in our old bathroom to replace the glass. We used this glass cutter to score it using the glass as a template and then it's just a matter of placing it against a piece of wood to leverage it and snap it (if you want to see a good tutorial for cutting glass and mirror check out Kelly's post - she explains it well!).
I also had primer and paint on hand for the bathroom remodel and we already had Brasso to shine up the hardware (which came up beautifully by the way).
Oh and we ended up creating a shelf out of the old pine headboard that used to be in the guest bedroom...
Easy peasy! And the shelf actually gave the unit the stability we were looking for so we didn't bother with making a back for it. One less thing to do is fine by me.
Anyway, you are probably ready to see it in all it's glory, no?
Let's just first remind us of the 'before'....
And here she is in all her white and brassy and mirrory glory...
Another before and after? Oh go on then.
The only problem? As expected, I feel like the chest of drawers on the other side just doesn't really work in the space any more. The black frame of the chest looked okay when there was more black and dark colours in the room but 3 years on, I think it may be time for a change for my little wallpapered chest of drawers.
The new unit also dwarfs the little dresser because of both it's height how far it sits out of the alcove (which is a little tough to see in this picture but trust me, it's noticeable). I am now rethinking what I might do with it - or if I should just replace it with something a little larger. If I could find this unit's twin, I would happily get it to match the other side but I have a feeling my cabinet was very much a lucky find.
I think a large bookshelf in that corner might work well instead but the drawers are currently full of our DVD collection so I would need to figure out a decent storage solution for those.
It really never ends, does it?! ;)
Well, at least that corner is no longer the light sucker-outer it once was and that makes me very happy.
So what do you think of the new unit? Have you painted any sassy furniture finds lately? Have your own tale of the Decorating Domino Effect? Do tell.
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