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Before and After: Au Revoir Rouge

Nearly a year ago I bought this red television stand made by an artist out of materials from an antique milk crate. I loved the industrial look of it, and how a half-moon shape was worn away next to the handle. The large cabinet is ideal for my media storage, too. But, the minute I got it home, I knew the vibrant red color simply wouldn't work with my green walls. Can you say impulse purchase?
I tossed and turned over it for months, and finally recently decided to spray paint it white. I taped off the brass handle and wheels, to keep the hardware intact. A few hours and four cans of high gloss white later, and the table made perfect sense in my home. To see my vision in white,

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As you can see, bright red wouldn't have coordinated very well with my green walls. With every sweeping motion of the paint can, I was anxious I'd made the wrong choice. But, I'm happy with it now. Much like the side table I recently made over, a little paint goes a long way. What do you think?

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THEQueen THEQueen 7 years
Starbright14, what kind of finish are you painting over? What kind of paint are you using?If I'm painting over a shiny type surface (which you must rough up if it has layers of furniture wax over it...), or a formica finish, I use alkalyd enamel. (oil base) Most anything else I use exterior semi-gloss latex. (water base)Also, you can't paint water base over oil base paint. You CAN paint oil base over water base.
THEQueen THEQueen 7 years
Starbright14, what kind of finish are you painting over? What kind of paint are you using? If I'm painting over a shiny type surface (which you must rough up if it has layers of furniture wax over it...), or a formica finish, I use alkalyd enamel. (oil base) Most anything else I use exterior semi-gloss latex. (water base) Also, you can't paint water base over oil base paint. You CAN paint oil base over water base.
starbright14 starbright14 7 years
The white looks great!!I just have a question though - how do you keep the paint from peeling or sticking. I painted a coffee table and a bedside table over the summer and both have had paint peeled off of them when items sit on them for longer than a day or two. I don't know what I'm doing wrong!
starbright14 starbright14 7 years
The white looks great!! I just have a question though - how do you keep the paint from peeling or sticking. I painted a coffee table and a bedside table over the summer and both have had paint peeled off of them when items sit on them for longer than a day or two. I don't know what I'm doing wrong!
THEQueen THEQueen 7 years
I paint everything white. But I already told you that...
Home Home 7 years
Thanks, Nancita!
Home Home 7 years
Thanks, Nancita!
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Yeap, now that looks much better.
nancita nancita 7 years
Beautiful! It incorporates the industrial look into your feminine decor so much better.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
tres chic!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
tres chic!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
Gorgeous. It looks brand new.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
Gorgeous. It looks brand new.
katedavis katedavis 7 years
It looks perfect!
katedavis katedavis 7 years
It looks perfect!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
very nice. Although red and green are complimentary colors so it might have looked better than you thought (with different fabrics of course). But I do like the white in there it looks very nice.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
It looks really great casa! At least you only had to paint it once. I recently painted a file cabinet mint green and got it inside and realized the mint green was way too cool-toned to match my camel walls. Wish I had spray painted a piece of cardboard and held it up against the wall first!!! I am going to repaint it soon, probably a warm white.
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