Then, I woke up.
When I decluttered and painted this room the cabinet seemed too dark and somber for the new space. I love this finish but it was paint. My daughter and son both had reservations about redoing it. I pointed out that this is not that BIG furniture decision--whether or not to paint over wood. This wasn't the original finish. I also have other pieces with this finish and would never use all of them together in the same space since it would be super matchy-matchy. When did this decorating by committee start?
Part of the problem with this storage solution is that you can see the contents through the glass.
I started by removing the hardware and popping out the glass, so I could paint the decorative piece in the door. The glass was held in place by these little pieces of trim on the inside.
Removing the glass made me nervous, but there wasn't a choice. Besides, I had an idea for it.
I decided to place the textured side out and went about replacing the glass and trim. I added wood glue for a little extra insurance.
These things are always so messy...
Once the painting was complete (this project took 3 1/2 cans of white semi-gloss) I allowed it to dry thoroughly.
The last step was to use sand paper to remove paint from certain areas to give it a slightly aged look. Not too much since I was going for a fresh clean look.
We placed it back in its original spot and I organized my accessories. It's nice to be able to see things and painting the inside white really brightened everything up in there!
I love the contrast of the rough burlap with the glossy white finish. And my skeptical offspring both gave it high marks when they saw it, admitting that it looked much better and suited the new room really well. I wasn't sure how I'd feel with all this white but it is very refreshing.