To review -
This is where we started.
Lesson #1 - sanding is hard. You don't necessarily need to sand the furniture, but I went ahead and did a light sanding all over. It took me forever and was my least favorite part of it. Next time, I might just try not doing it because a lot of design bloggers say they don't (I'll mention my favs in a minute)
Lesson #2 - if you're thinking about getting rid of your hardware and buying new hardware, KEEP IT JUST IN CASE. I couldn't find any good looking hardware so I'm so glad we ended up keeping what we have. It was wwwwaaaaayyyyyy better looking than what I found in the store. You can always paint it, although I liked the antique bronze my hardware is.
I've read that you should try the Krylon brand spray paint but I couldn't find it, so I went with this. It didn't seem to do as well and it took us about 5 blue cans to paint the whole thing. Next time, I'll try the Krylon just to see, although this was a big piece of furniture.
Lesson #3 - priming. My husband came home and I had used an entire can of primer on just the doors. He was like, really... an entire can... on just the doors? Evidently, I was a little heavy handed. He told me that I only need a light coating as the primer was mainly to help the color stick. So note to self.
Lesson #4 - do this in a well ventilated area. We painted it in an open garage, with a mask and it was still a lot.
Lesson #5 - it needs to be at least 50 degrees - we were okay with this but I just wanted to make sure I put that in here.
The finished product was awesome. I went to World Market and bought some cute pulls.
Lesson #6 - Don't be afraid to be eclectic. You don't have to match everything! I just make sure to be in the same color family.
These are the pulls for the top - i love them
the bottom - they are red which pulls out the red in the top pulls and in my rug
the finished product. It still had some wet paint, so once I get it in the kitchen with the china, I will show you.
I'm so excited to have done our first home project (well, I did the pillows and James painted this. After the primer incident, he said he was taking over). I have found that decorating our house is so fun and it doesn't have to be super expensive!!