Today's before and after is one of my most difficult yet rewarding projects to date. I have been working on it for a few weeks and am forever grateful to my husband (and our friend, Hunter!) for helping me all weekend or I never would have been able to complete it. I bought this cabinet back in June from a wonderful store in my hometown of Burlington, NC. One of my readers, Melissa, asked for my favorite places to shop in my hometown and The Gingham Daisy is by far my new favorite place to go! The owners were so sweet and they have great stuff! I can't wait to go home again so I can stop by! They gave me a great deal on this cabinet and I also scored an amazing light fixture for Riley's bedroom that I will share with y'all soon. Below is a before picture of the base of the cabinet that I showed you last week.
There are actually two top cabinets that sit on top of the base.
Each cabinet had 6 glass panels with images of Greek gods inserted behind the frames.
I was immediately intrigued by the cabinet and admired the thoughtfulness someone had obviously put into building it. That being said, I am not really into Greek gods as decor, so I knew I would make some changes to the cabinet. When I bought it, I had no idea what I would do with it but I knew it had too much potential to let it go. My husband hauled the cabinet home for me and it sat in our dining room for the past 3 months.
About two weeks ago inspiration struck and I got to work. Because our dining room doesn't get a lot of natural light I wanted to use mirrors to brighten the room. I had seen cabinets like this one by Oly and decided to try to recreate this look.
This is what the cabinet looks like now!
I painted the cabinet white and had mirror cut to size at Lowes. I used liquid nails to attach the mirrors over the glass panels and then my husband cut molding to make the decorative pattern on top of the mirror. The molding is attached with super glue.
The cabinet has great hardware
and unbelievable storage.
It even has lined drawers for silver. If only I had some silver :)
One of the cabinets folds down like a secretary. I used some leftover Imperial Trellis wallpaper to line the back of the cabinet and turned it into a bar.
I am so happy with the end result but it was a LOT of work!
Let me know what you think!
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