Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A dark cabinet goes light and fresh in turquoise and white

Who doesn't love a reveal that shows something dark and dull transformed into something bright and fresh?  Over the past year, I've been on a quest to brighten up our living room and tie it in more with my bright white kitchen, which is open to the living room.  I've been making lots of changes, including new art, new pillows, new accessories, and most recently a new rug.  Today I'm revealing my fresh, new turquoise and white cabinet.

How about a before and after?

Quite a difference, eh?

I purchased the cabinet (which you can see originally had two glass doors) from Crate & Barrel after we moved into this house, to fit just perfectly under the high window to the right of our living room fireplace.  The cabinet could be purchased in white or a dark stain.  At the time, I thought white would stick out like a sore thumb, so I chose the dark stain.

Fast forward to a couple years later, and I moved it down to my workshop to paint it turquoise.  I moved something else in its place, which we were happy with for a while, but it too had a wood stain and I was craving something brighter.  Finally I convinced myself to take the plunge.  Instead of doing an all-over turquoise, I decided to do a white/turquoise combo.

You can see the difference that this and several other changes have made in the brightness and life of our living room!

The "after" shot was not as wide of a view, because I have more changes coming very soon above the mantel, so I'll do a wider shot when I share that reveal.

In the meantime, here are some additional beauty shots of the new white and turquoise cabinet.

You can see in the room shot above that I changed the styling a bit from the up-close shots.  Had to fit our DVR in the cabinet.  It's an essential in our house, but it's a bit of an eyesore, so hopefully I camouflaged it a bit with the books and mother-of-pearl box on top.

For those who might be wondering, I used spray primer on the whole cabinet, then my paint sprayer for the white. I used a combination of a brush (for the crevices) and a roller for the turquoise.  I used my sprayer again to put several light protective coats of Polycrilic on the whole piece.  By the way, the turquoise paint color is Glidden's Tropical Lagoon.

I like it so much better with the new color and without the glass doors.  It's more of a bookcase than a cabinet now, I guess!

How about one more shot of the before and after?

What do you think?  Are you a traditionalist who preferred the darker before, or do you like the more modern new look?


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  1. It looks great Hollie!

  2. I think it looks great. I have a TV cabinet from Crate & Barrel I have been eyeballing for a paint update. I am not sure what color I would paint it. I would love you input.

  3. So much better! I love the pop of colour on the inside because it highlights the way that you have styled your shelves so nicely. The piece obviously had great bones, but I'm partial to the light and bright makeover :)

  4. I like the colors and it does add a lot to the room, as you've restyled it. However, I love glass doors (and you paid extra to buy a piece with them, vs. a simple bookcase) so would have had to leave them on and paint frames white along with the sides and top of the piece.

  5. amazing difference! Love your cabinet! The room looks so much better in the after. Love the lamp changed out!


  6. I also used to like the wooden look before, but now much prefer the light colours, they do much the rooms seem a lot brighter and cheerful. Great job

  7. That room is taking some serious strides! I love the white and happy turquoise on the inside - just really lifts the room and was a great choice :) It's amazing how these small changes can make such a difference, it looks like a totally different home! xxx

  8. love it as open shelving and love the interior color! the set up looks perfect, too!

  9. wow, just found your blog and i love your style! this room looks so great, love the colors and fun pillows! (i'm a sucker for cute pillows). thanks for sharing--can't wait to start following your blog :)


  10. I'm thinking you nailed it! That is unbelievable how alive and gorgeous your living room looks! Awesome transformation! I'm featuring you on Saturday at It's Overflowing! XO, Aimee

  11. Love, love, love it!!! Awesome transformation!

  12. Love it and what is the new color of the wall paint? So hard to find a very neautral shade that is not dark, not too beige and not too gray!

    1. Thanks, Laura. The wall paint color is Benjamin Moore's Ashley Gray. It's hard to get it just right in photos. It's a little darker in person, but you're right that it's a good neutral without being too beige or gray.


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