|Witness the splendor of the house back when it was a bachelor pad.|
When David moved into this house, it spent a short time in the living room, then got bumped out the garage again and there it has sat for the last 4 years or so. When the living room turned into a dining room, I decided it once again had a spot inside. The only problem was that it wasn't terribly attractive. I wanted to remove the chunky trim on the bottom and add some nice mid-century legs. However, when I flipped over the cabinet I found that not only was the trim not removable, there wasn't even a bottom to attach any legs to. Instead, the solution I came up with was to paint it, but what color?
I first tried a seafoam green that I had a free sample pot of. I painted just the panels and planned to leave the outside wood tone. However, this color looked really awful under tungsten lighting.
So then I decided to paint the panels white. This was much more agreeable, but still lacking something. I left it this way for a while, so I could ponder my options. Then Cait gave me the idea of painting the exterior yellow and when she shared her painted lantern project, I knew just what shade of yellow I wanted.
I masked off the white areas with newspaper and got to spraying. But I ran into a slight problem.
The paint wouldn't stick to the fake wood. After some googling, I realized I should have used a primer made for glossy surfaces first.
So I got back on track with a couple coats of oil based primer.
And the paint adhered like a dream. Next up was to swap out that old fabric covering the speakers with something a little fresher and less textured.
I removed the back, along with several screws from the panel that the speakers are attached to. Aaaaand it wouldn't budge. Not even a slight wiggle. I would have had to completely rip the whole thing apart to get at the fabric, so I decided to just live with it.
And live with it, I am.
I love how the yellow fits into the dining room, and I especially love being able to listen to all my records on it.
So there you have it, a make-over 7 years in the making!