[Before, as she stood in my old carriage house living room… the day I moved in.]
To be fair, that was all hand-me-down stuff above. I don’t really decorate that way. Moving on!
[The first day of the rest of her life.]
She got a good sanding…
[Getting a power-sanded facial.]
[Selected colors, Round 1. The blue was a total fail, like cotton candy—more on that later.]
[Undercoat of yellow to peek through after distressing.]
Hey, me before I started working out! That’s almost as hard to look at as the color of the sideboard.
So now you’re wondering how Round 1 turned out. The paint was a disaster, and I’d forgotten to order the Anthropologie hardware so tried to make due with a heinous Lowe’s selection. Overall, we ditched out on a cotton-candy blue sideboard with overly-masculine hardware until a year later.
The hardware was a pewter twig branch, and the knobs matched. The style was too heavy and modern for the piece. Serious sucking going on in this picture.
Seeing as how this photo was the inspiration for the piece, we were really off after the first attempt:
A year later and we were ready to give it another go. This time, we wanted to repurpose her as a table behind our couch—and sorely needed storage space. We pulled a bunch of neutral olives, greys, mushrooms and taupes from Behr. This is the final result, and while the hardware is probably better suited for her original aqua destiny in an eclectic bedroom somewhere, we’re happy!
Hooray! Somewhere to store my Chutes and Ladders and Candyland board games.
DIYing = married people joy.