Thursday, February 07, 2013

When My Paint Brush Takes Me To A New Level

Ever since my latest paint project here  my confidence with my paint brush is soaring to try new things, to be bold, to be daring, to go places I have never been before.



So I took a chance with my built in shelves in my breakfast area and painted them to "lighten" up the space. This was a fairly daunting project for me, because unlike a piece of furniture that you paint and don't like the way it turns out, I couldn't just put a blanket over it and stick it in storage. 


This was a 'no turning back now' event and I was making my move during the course of several long days, sweaty palms, contingency planning and the occasional raised eyebrow from my husband . 


And what a move it turned out to be. It turned out better then I expected and created just the look that I had envisioned for this space.


A move I have no regrets making, and would make again if presented with the same situation.


and to hopefully have the same outcome.



Hmmm....... I wonder what's next?
Click here for the full room reveal.
Are you a risk taker with painting movable furniture or with permanent pieces?
PS- Just for the record. This was the largest piece of "fixed" furniture that I have ever painted and I am sure it will not be the last!
PPS- for this project I used ASCP in Old White ( 2 coats)  and clear wax.

Grateful for~
A good life 
Lunch with Girlfriends




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74 comments:

suzyq said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Don't stop now!!
Suzyq

Suzan Sweatman said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!
Yes - I paint everything lol - the thought is scarier than the actual accomplishment, right?
Your built ins look fabulous!
XXX

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh my gosh! That looks gorgeous! What a big job to take on. I am too nervous to even paint a chair and Suzan up there is trying to get me to paint my table and buffet! You are brave and it turned out fabulous!

Suzy Handgraaf said...

I love it, Laura! What a humongous difference it makes in your space. You have it beautifully styled too.

The Golden Sycamore said...

Gorgeous, Laura! You did such a beautiful job! Looks like something out of a magazine!
Allison

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Laura, I love it. The white looks so good. Watch out world she is armed and dangerous with that paint brush.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

They look gorgeous, Laura! Great work! :)

Tiffany said...

You definitely accomplished your goal. Very light and bright. Great job!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Laura I love love love it!! What an awesome transformation!! I wonder what's next;)

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Beautiful! It turned out wonderfully. Yeah!!
Cheers, Gee

Anne said...

love, love, love your bookcases! Just gorgeous!

xox

ps you have two blogher ads running in your sidebar and they are very distracting because they're flashing/flickering constantly (don't know how else to describe it!) Just thought I'd mention it cause it was hard to focus on your post with all that action in the sidebar. Cheers!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

gorgeous!!!! they are so beautiful and lighten the space so much!

Pat said...

Laura this is fabulous! Just simply gorgeous.

Chris said...

Bob would kill me for even thinking it because ours were just put in two years ago, but I want to paint ours white too. We decided to go with just the stained maple, but I'm changing my mind! I have to bide my time with this one!

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

I am not a risk taker at all! I am still out on whether or not to paint an old dining room chair for my craft room. My guy is a wood lover and does not "agree" with painting anything! Ever. I guess he has alot of influence over me. I am just in awe at all the bloggers that just pick up a paint brush and paint their kitchen cabinets or whatever. I would have to talk to my hubby for month's if not years to convince him. Only then to never end up painting them. I like what you've done, but I think you were very brave to do it! I'm not brave enough! Good for you!

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

Perfection. Totally hear you on the reservation about "tweaking" installed furnishings such as bookcases or cabinetry ... they represent a huge investment and being permanent, well, you wonder if they will mock you forever ;) Yours should make you smile forever. I'm currently wrestling with the decision to paint the fireplace surround and some of the new kitchen cabinets; wish me luck!

Doreen @ Hymns and Verses said...

Laura - Amazing! I love it - did you add the feet to the fronts - they add the perfect finishing touch! I am in the planning stages of painting my oak kitchen cabinets - can you share what paint you used because the finish looks wonderful!

A Thrifted Market said...

Woohoo!! Love it! I have been a little hesitant to paint my kitchen cabinets because I can't "go back". I'm going for it!! Looks great! Did you use ASCP and wax them?

Jen said...

It looks fantastic!!!!! What a difference !!!

Chris said...

Fantastic! Love the new look! I've become fearless with a paint brush over the years. The only thing I do is really, really, make sure I don't want to turn back once I've started.

Bliss said...

You just gave me courage. Most of our stuff is built in's and because Brawn never intended to ever remove it, it ain't going no where. And it's all stained. I have a big shelving unit I have mentioned painting the past year, but nervous. That and couldn't decide which color would go better, black or white.

Bliss

thistlewoodfarm said...

You go girl!!!!! I am a risk taker.....and I love how your furniture turned out!!!!

Have a great day rock star!
karianne

chateau chic said...

This was definitely a successful paint job! The large cabinet is beautiful and I'm sure it not only brightens the room, but also makes your room feel larger.
Mary Alice

Pamela said...

Laura it is beautiful! I really really want to paint our kitchen cabinets. Hoping this will get hubby to agree though I know yours is a built in bookcase. Your case is similar in color to our cabinets.

Becca said...

You did an *ah-MAZING* job, Laura! Your paint brush is exactly what your piece needed to truly reflect your beautiful style! Just look at how it enhances your awesome accessories, too! Great job, friend! And, I don't care if it's bolted to the wall or not, I *ain't skeered* to take a brush to it! LOL

Peggy said...

You are really talented. I love reading your blog and seeing your projects; it's inspiring and peaceful all at the same time. I always look forward to your posts. I'm wishing I could do more with the house we live in but it is a Rectory (belongs to the church that I serve as pastor) but it is fun to putter around and change thing up in a 150 yr old Victorian house. Can't wait to see your next project!!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I LOVE this project, Laura! Amazing light and bright transformation. :) You go!!
xo Heidi

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the fresh, new look! It's already springtime there:)

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

LOVE it! I go back and forth with stained wood / painted wood. I also love those milk bottles in that little carrier too :)

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

This is gorgeous! I love what white paint can do. You are on a roll now. Go girl! I'd love it if you linked this to my new linky party, "What We've Accomplished Wednesdays." It is live right now.

Have a great week!
Deborah

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THIS!! LOVE!!

Sorry, a bit excited there. I can't tell you how much I love seeing this! It looks fantastic!!!

I am totally inspired to paint my bed now. Thank you!! I've been stalling for 6 years now!

~Angela~

Eclectically Vintage said...

You took on the giant and won! It looks amazing - I love white built-ins - all the better to display more stuff!
Kelly

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Wow Laura! This is beautiful! That's a LOT of waxing!

Finding Home said...

wow Laura - it is amazing!!! I love it! What a difference in the room!

Finding Home said...

wow Laura - it is amazing!!! I love it! What a difference in the room!

Jen said...

Looks great Laura! You really did a fabulous job and the color is just perfect. It made a definite & positive difference in the room!

Teresa said...

Laura,
You're Fearless. A very Gifted one. Congratulations!
It doesn't even look the same room, after you put the brush down :). Love it!
I'm not so adventurous - is anyone? ahahah - but you give inspiration and strength to dare a little more.
Thank you so much for sharing,
Teresa

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

SIMPLY FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS!!!! Looks AMAZING!!!! What an incredible difference...like a brand new room!!!! Congrats on this one my friend...you rocked it! Keep fluffing those pillows : ) hugs...

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

WOW!! What an incredible difference that made in the room!!! Simply gorgeous Laura!! LOVE IT!!

Jamie -Better With Age said...

Wow!! I love this! That's amazing! Great job!
Jamie ~ Better With Age

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Wow! What a good choice... and you did a fabulous job! Oh my, You built in cabinets looks so fresh and chic! Amazing, Laura!!!!

Cristina Garay said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love paint transformations, you have done an amazing job!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

It looks amazing! What a difference a coat of paint makes!

Angela Santaniello said...

The built in look so great in white! Love it. I have no problem painting and repainting. It makes for a quick and inexpensive transformation.

Angela

thepaintedapron.com said...

That WAS BRAVE! But WOW! It looks fabulous!! I have been toying with the idea of painting a traditional wooden secretary I have in the den, you have convinced me!! I wish you would share your step by step process...
Jenna

Decor & Harmony said...

Amazing!You have a completely new and improved space...I painted my built-ins white a few years ago a I have never looked back.

Brooke said...

Isn't white amazing?! What gorgeous built-ins! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Very pretty!
:)

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

So beautiful Laura!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

The built in looks lovely! The white is very fresh looking. Looks great with your wood floors too. I liked the wood too so that would have been a tough decision. On a very dated piece I would find it easier to pick up the brush. The little truck and bottle carrier are great little pieces.

Art and Sand said...

I sometimes wish I lived in my old house just to make the changes that we never got to make. Seeing your built ins go from wood to white is amazing. Our last house was wood, wood, wood. If we still lived there, I have seen so many ideas on Pinterest that would fit that house.

I would love to have a built in like yours in our bedroom.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Wow...the new look is beautiful! I love the white it really looks pretty. You did a great job, two thumbs up!!
Have a sweet valentine week,
Elizabeth

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It turned out beautiful, Laura! I had to go back and forth between the before and after pictures a few times. This is definitely a Wow! : )

Wild Oak Designs said...

You did an awesome job!! Congrats! It looks so wonderful, definitely do that again...when presented with option.
I have some "built-ins" that I am now painting the backs of in French Linen...I love ASCP.
Stop by for a visit sometime.
Nancy
http;//wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Terry Moore said...

I don't know what your hubby was thinking since men tend to love wood, but what a dramatic and wonderful change this is.

Bridgett said...

Laura I'm so glad I found your blog! The before and after is amazing! Love the white along with the decor! Absolutely stunning! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! Your newest follower! xo Bridgett

http://www.osiemoats.com/2013/02/link-up-party-2.html
Done


Kim said...

Laura, I swear I thought I was seeing a page out of a magazine. You totally rocked those cabinets. Love, love, love it!!!
xoxo,
Kim

Lindsey said...

They do look lovely!! Visiting from Southern Style. I think they brighten up the room well!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I. Love. So gorgeous in creamy paint!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I absolutely love what you did. The paint adds such a wonderful elegance to the room. I would love for you to share you post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Pendra said...

Gorgeous...I bet you grew a few gray hairs over this project! It turned out beautiful!!

Pendra said...

Gorgeous...I bet you grew a few gray hairs over this project! It turned out beautiful!!

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

That is SO brave! Especially as you had nice cabinets to begin with :) Love the new look, though. Bravo!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Turned out great, Laura. I have not been brave or bold enough yet to tackle my built-in cherry bookshelves in the library.

Debra @ Homespun said...

Gorgeous! :)

Jessica @ FourGenerationsOneRoof said...

Great job! Pinned to the BHG home project board :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Brave and beautiful!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

So gorgeous! I am so glad you took the risk because the outcome is perfect. I love the white, it really does freshen up the space. I'm getting ready to paint our kitchen cabinets and this just gave me a lot of motivation :)

Linda Primmer said...

Beautiful transformation. I love it! I am sure you are scanning your house for the next project.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

Beautiful transformation. I love how fresh the built-ins look. You're unstoppable now! ;)

Alycia Nichols said...

This is EXACTLY what I want to do with the shelving in our family room! EXACTLY IT!!! I am scared to death to pick up a paint brush to embellish a cookie, let alone an entire bank of shelving!!! You did such a great job!!! I am emboldened to a certain degree now, but still shakin' in my boots. Like you said...you can't just toss a blanket over it or shove it in the garage and chalk it up to an "oops!". I love that you added the little "feet", too. Really makes the shelving look cool! Congratulations on your fantastic feat!!!

Laura Cano said...

Beautiful!! I love the white, it just pops! Id love for you to share this at our linky party!
http://www.lifewelive4.com/2013/03/love-it-list-it-linky-party-2.html

:Laura:

Anonymous said...

I am so encouraged after seeing your painted built in cabinets. I was shocked to see that they were maple wood cabinets before. I have several pieces of wood maple coloured furniture that I just can't part with, but I no longer like that maple country look and like you would prefer a lighter, brighter room. I have so happy that you shared your project, it looks fabulous.

Teresa said...

So wanting to paint some cabinets, I just don't know where to start.

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