Friday, January 23, 2009

Sideboard Makeover

My sideboard was a plain Jane. She asked for nothing, and didn't even cry when dear daughter smashed her head into her glass door and cracked it (the door). She is an old gal, of questionable background. So plain, we didn't notice her much. Well, she did have that one intersting tile inset composed of teal and white.....

I thought about getting rid of her for some flashy new thing. But, aside from the lack of redecorating funds, I decided to give her a chance. I repainted her and made her look unique. That is a nice way to put it! Anyway, if anyone is interested in the method of my madness, here is a step-by-step for painting glass doors. I really wanted to hide the secrets within (i.e. all my art and other crap stored in the shelves) and went all out on the doors.

First you pick a design. I copied some stained glass patterns. Tape the pattern to the outside of the glass. Trace the pattern onto the glass using a permanent marker. Paint the pattern with acrylics or watercolors, depending on how much transparency you want. I used both. Remember, you will be seeing the reverse side. Hang up the doors and voila! I painted the wood a cranberry red and used some antique gold paint as a highlighter.

And a big thank you to Hayley, who assured me I could do this!

No more sitting in the corner for my baby :)

Dear daughter saw the camera and insisted on a photo op for her blossoming little girl pout career. Style and pose by Ellen, age 5.

Aren't my girls somethin'?

I haven't replaced the glass since the head incident. The cats like to jump in there for now.


SweetDreams said...

A lot of work - and it turned out super cool Margerie! Love the red.

Susan said...

Wow! Much nicer than a new flashy one, which wouldn't have the head-smashing history of this one either.

Hey, Hayley is the one who gave me advice when I wanted to paint a super-ugly filing cabinet fire engine red. How drab our homes would be without her!

Hayley Townley, Breast Cancer Survivor Extraordinaire said...

I knew you could do it - it turned out FAB! And I can see you now searching your house for something else to paint!

It looks amazing!