I love it when clients are open to updating some of their existing furniture. It's crazy what a difference a couple quarts of paint can make.
When we first started designing my Calderwood clients' breakfast nook, we knew we'd be keeping this glass front china cabinet. It's within arms reach of the table and a great resource for pulling quick items during dinner and pool parties. With three young boys, we knew we'd have to keep the doors closed in order to keep the precious items inside (including some of the couple's wedding china) out of little hands. This created a major shadow issue and we really wanted this to be both a display piece as well as a functional one. Enter the idea of painting the entire inside.
We had a variety of items inside the cabinet- glassware, pottery, wood pieces, some silver- and we wanted it all to pop. We knew we wanted to go lighter to brighten the shadows, but bright white would mean we wouldn't be able to see some of the pottery. So instead I chose a whitened version of one of the colors we've used throughout the project a bluey-green we call shale after some velvet we picked of the same color.
I picked Emerald Vapor #845 by Benjamin Moore. I wanted you to see that bluey-green tint to the white, but not look too blue overall. Plus I knew the glass doors would still cast a shadow. So, I went one shade higher than what I imagined in my head. Since this is a piece that will constantly have items being moved around and taken in and out, I wanted to use a paint that would be extremely durable. I chose to use Benjamin Moore's new Advance waterborne alykd paint in a satin finish. The girl at paint store said it acted just like an oil-base (which I hate using- ugh the fumes and the brush strokes!!!), so I was onboard. My only regret- she said it had primer in it and would be fine to paint without primer. Don't ever believe this people! Always prime!
Trust me....5 coats later with a day to dry in between each coat...get your prime on! You can finally see it took until coat 4 to start looking blue. The wood just kept soaking up all paint and turning it slightly pink. But coat 5 was perfect and doesn't it look great?
Do you have some fun furniture revamps planned for the weekend? Make sure to share if you do! Happy Friday y'all!