Shabby Chic kitchenette: REVEAL TIME

Today's post is all about the before/after pictures of one of the most challenging make-overs I've done to date.  The piece is a 75 year old kitchenette that has been passed down in the same family all these years.  And now, it has been totally made-over and is being used to store essential oils!  Are you ready???

BEFORE:

AFTER

Elbow grease was the key ingredient for this one!  I want the piece to last many many more years, so I did thoroughly sand and prime the entire piece before painting it.  Now it has a smooth and fresh finish.  

If you missed the introductory post on this piece and would like to see a little more about the process of its transformation, here is the link:  Kitchenette

I found some cute vintage fabric to line the drawers (see my post on more ideas for fabric use in your home HERE), the door, and the backdrop of the piece. Originally, the piece had two small doors on the top, but, I suggested we remove the doors to show off the cute shelving and the fabric lining the back of the piece:

Here are the doors I removed (this was after stripping several times):

Can you believe at one point this was how the whole kitchenette looked during its renovation?   The center of these doors had some sort of paper decal on them.  After stripping twice, the result was a tacky and very stubborn surface, so I will be adding fabric to these as well....along with a fresh coat of paint (or two!). Speaking of these doors, any ideas for what I could make with them?? 

What a fun little piece.  The best part is the history behind it, and the fact that it struck an emotional cord with the owner's mother, Arlene! I guess she was very happy to hear this little piece was getting a make-over.  And Carla loved it, stating "It's adorable".  She even sent me a picture of it all stocked up in her home:

It looks awesome doesn't it?  I love Carla's cute accessories for this space.  Carla, this room looks different than the first time I saw it.....have you been doing a little decor shopping and prepping for your "new" piece of furniture!  I love it.  

Do you have an old, I mean REALLY old, piece of furniture that looks like it has seen better days?  Believe it or not, even those kinds of pieces can be transformed!  And the reward when they are finished.....is priceless!   I hope Carla enjoys her kitchenette for many more years to come, and maybe someday, her grandchildren, or even great grandchildren, will use it as well! 

Happy Feet anticipating the potential of this piece......

Happy Feet anticipating the potential of this piece......

Happy Feet enjoying the outcome of a touch job done! 

Happy Feet enjoying the outcome of a touch job done! 

Thank you Carla, for entrusting me to this task!  It was a joy to transform your little kitchenette that holds such strong family history!