Since starting out with painting and upstyling furniture, I’ve learned a couple of big things. First, if there’s a way to do the job easier and better, figure it out. Second, always be on the lookout for repurposing potential.
I’m currently working on a really unique maple hutch. It’s shorter than most, and even has drawers near the top. Earlier this year when I finally finished a large black china cabinet in our garage (honest confession…it took over a year to get that project done!), I was having problems with paint dripping down from underneath the shelves in the upper cabinet. I didn’t know it was happening until later when the paint was dried. And it didn’t look good!
So I actually start over with that part of the project by removing that back of the cabinet, flipping it around, and painting the opposite side while still detached so there would be no streak lines. I then reattached it with the new side painted, and it looked great!
As you can see above, I’ve done the same with this hutch by removing the back first. Another big plus to doing it this way is how I have better access to tricky areas around the shelves. With access to those areas from both back and front, I can paint them with much more ease and better coverage.
When the customer selected this piece, she decided she wanted the lower cabinet doors removed to create an additional display area. I used wood filler in the screw holes, and I really like how this repurposing idea looks so far.
Repurposing is a lot of fun. I love looking at old furniture, especially those pieces with ornate wood carving and molding, and asking “what can I make of this worn down piece that would look really cool?” Often, it’s just a matter of painting and upstyling. But if the furniture itself is damaged beyond repair, then I start thinking about what to do with it’s pieces.
Up in our loft, I’ve got 10 different deconstructed pieces from previous furniture. They come from a left behind mirror, a discarded dresser, on old armoire, and an from an old couch headed to the dump! Soon, they will be repurposed and on display–showing various paint color finish options, as well as waiting for the opportunity to creatively accent someone’s home!