Display cabinet makeover

A while ago I did a display cabinet makeover which we bought on eBay for £40. I like furniture with a character and when I saw this one I had to get it. Solid wood, bespoke, one of piece, antique. The cabinet was very well looked after and in excellent condition. All it needed was a lick of paint and wallpaper to lift it to a modern home decor.

This is what I started with. I was quite sad to paint over the beautiful wood but we needed lighter softer looking piece of furniture. We chose Farrow & Ball Pavillion Gray and I used Osborne & Little wallpaper for backing. Take a look.

Display cabinet before during


Display cabinet after


I also spray painted the hardware in gold and antique gold mixing them together. The good thing about old furniture is that you can’t go wrong with it. You can’t make it any worst. If it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted you can just strip the paint and repaint it. I know it’s more time consuming but you will achieve a unique piece of furniture which is perfect for your home. You don’t have to compromise on the colour or size. You can make it work for your room. Plus you are doing good to the environment by upcycling a piece which would otherwise end up in the tip. Another benefit is the actual construction and the quality of the wood. If you wanted a handmade quality bespoke piece of furniture it would cost you well over £1500. If this was the case I would have just saved £1400 because the cost of this makeover was £60.

My tip for furniture hunting online is to search for teak or any other hard wood. Most listings will also say what the original purchase price was, where and when it was purchased and the original manufacturer’s  name. Inspect the images and ask the seller about any damage or imperfections.

Karolina Barnes


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