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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,


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?

THEQueen THEQueen 8 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 8 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 8 years
I paint everything white. But I already told you that...
Home Home 8 years
Thanks, Nancita!
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Yeap, now that looks much better.
nancita nancita 8 years
Beautiful! It incorporates the industrial look into your feminine decor so much better.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
tres chic!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Gorgeous. It looks brand new.
katedavis katedavis 8 years
It looks perfect!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 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 8 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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