I'm back today with "Home decorating projects: GET THEM DONE" This week's topic is about changing your old furniture into more fun, and useful pieces for your home. If you missed this week's earlier post about a simple drab to fab dresser transformation, you can see it HERE
Today we're taking a look at a buffet and how a small change to it made an impact. So, what did I do to it? Removed its doors. (and painted it.....would you expect anything else?)
No "BEFORE" picture available (boo hoo!). It used to be a dark brown buffet with two doors on either side. Great storage before, great storage now; only more consistent with our home style, and providing a different way to display decor. Here she is....
The black squares are where the doors used to be. Now those open cubbies have the capability of displaying a huge variety of "things", from baskets, and ceramic dishes/vases, to books, and cute little flower bouquets. These open spaces add fun and whimsy to the piece. They are also great for throwing things in there when guests come over....grab a basket, fill, place in the cubby, repeat.
For all those reasons, I have never regretted taking those doors off. Here is a look at how the piece has evolved since her "change"....
I like the stack of books in the right cubby. Not loving the DVD player in the left, but, once again, the open space provides a useful storage area that we can access easily and quickly. No door to meddle with when putting in a DVD. That we DO like!
Ok. That picture totally goes against the point I'm trying to make here....storage, displaying decor. The cubby is empty. I might have been in between decor changes....very likely.
Ah. Decor. That's more like it.
Pink flowers. Bowl of pears. No surprise there!
And a basket too....
Buffets are gorgeous pieces of furniture that can serve many purposes. After paint and removal of its doors, this particular buffet has been a fun piece to accessorize. From it's large surface on top (that I can sit on!), to its "new" cubbies, the piece is so much spunkier now and better fits the aesthetic of our home. We love color. We love a bit of whimsy.
And the doors? Now they have their own use; shabby chic wall hooks.
Here's to re-creating your old furniture into something prettier, funkier, more consistent with your current style, and useful too! And remember, paint isn't the only thing that can change a piece of furniture....
Remove a door, or two.....and see where it takes you!