The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

My 3 favorite words: “You Were Right” (the great media cabinet victory.)

OK.  I forgot to show you something that I did last summer.

And I’m really surprised I didn’t show you this earlier, because it was one of those decorating things that my husband told me I couldn’t do…. but I bugged him and bugged him until finally decided that this was not the hill he wanted to die on.

I had wanted to paint this dated pine media cabinet for years.  Handsome Hubby always said no.  (He was afraid I was going to paint it black.) (Cue the Stones right here.) 

I liked the shape and size for the most part, but hated the clear glass where you could see all our crap.
I also hated that it was pine and the rest of the wood pieces in the room were dark and it was too many competing wood tones (especially when you factor in the ginormous wall of paneling that HH won’t let me paint either…)

Things started going my way when HH suggested we paint an accent wall in our living room. (Which was his fabulous idea, by the way.)  We picked out paint together.  I’m not sure how I did it, but I convinced him to let me paint the cabinet the very lightest green on the paint chip.  This looks almost white, but it is a very, very, very light green.

I love how it looks against the darker green wall.  I also love that the two dark wood tables on either side of it   look coordinated and polished.  Before it was like Early American Garage Sale with all that competing wood.
I primed the whole thing, painted it, then used Rustoleum’s glass frosting spray on the two glass panels.  Rustoleum’s Hammered Metal paint turned the wooden knobs into metal ones.
Prime. Paint. Decorate.
The best part of this re-do?  That every once in a while, HH will randomly say, “Gosh, that looks so much better!” 
The winner, the winner, the winner!!!
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Connie Weiss said...

August 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm
I have to show this to Keith.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

August 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm
So glad you won, because it looks fantastic! Congrats on your victory :)

Kelli said...

August 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Now I know what you did last summer (makes me think of that movie). This looks GREAT! I love what you did to the glass too. You were SO right!

LeAnne said...

August 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Man, this looks GREAT! I am sure it was a lot of work, but boy was it worth it!

Jennifer said...

August 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Love it! Have a great weekend!

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

August 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Seriously this is gorgeous!!! It lOoks like an expensive piece of furniture now. You definitely won!!!

Felicia Kramer said...

August 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Absolutely gorgeous!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

August 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm
LOL...that looks amazing!!! It doesn't even look like the same stand! I just won a small victory last night,too! I'm about to paint our sink cabinet in our half-bath!! But I am going black! :) Oh....if they could just see our vision!

At The Picket Fence said...

August 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm
That looks incredible!! So glad you won this battle because it looks amazing especially with the frosted glass. Way to go!

Eric and Hilary said...

August 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm
it looks awesome, i love it! so, i want to paint my kitchen table white (which is currently a similar color to what yours was before the re-do) why didn't you have to sand it first? this is the main reason I've been putting off doing it, because sanding the chairs would be torture.

Amber said...

August 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm
That does look so much better! So crisp and inviting. I think frosting the glass was the best move, it makes it so much less cluttered.

Great job as usual!!!

Carolyn said...

August 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm
OMG - everything looks great. I really love the details - frosted glass and the knobs!! I've got to get some of that metal paint and have at some of my knobs.

MiMi said...

August 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Bahahahahah! The winner!
It does look fab, though. The hammered metal paint is AWESOME. I love it. I used it last year on a bunch of stuff too!

Emmy said...

August 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Okay totally bowing down to your awesomeness! And not only did you get to make it look awesome but you got to say I told you so! Priceless!

Milla said...

August 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Wow that was such a big piece of furniture to tackle. How long did that take you? And did you spray paint it? It looks white, but it's green...I love that because it still brightens up the room. Tell HH I said thanks for finally giving in. It's beautiful.

Ang @ Taking a Sunday Drive said...

August 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm
It looks great! Doesn't in feel good to win and to be told (in so many words) that your idea was right!!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

August 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm
I love the story behind this! ;)
It turned out beautiful! Great job, Vivienne!

Christine said...

August 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm
It looks so amazing--so worth it! Congrats--lol!

Ashley said...

August 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm
What is it with guys and wood? My boyfriend won't let me paint any of our wood things, either! I'll win him over one day...

Kristel T.M. said...

August 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm
That is impressive! Love the new look. I was brought up thinking that I should never paint wood, but I am beginning to change my mind about that.

Just Jaime said...

August 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm
Congrats on being right and on your beautiful redo!

- Laura said...

August 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm
That is such an amazing transformation!!! It doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture!! Wow!!! Gorgeousness!!!

Guys are so weird about changing wood!!?? Just the other night I suggested we paint our TV cabinet white and got a fast NO!!! We'll see though now that I have your piece as!! :)

Shawn said...

August 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm
I love it and the fact that you got your way and were right makes it even better!

chris said...

August 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm
Yeah, the whole thing is awesome. Your family room looks fabulous, and you heard those magical words. :)

iram said...

August 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm
wow that is sooooo amazing transformation :) love it

Lynn said...

August 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Stunning difference! It is beautiful. Guess you showed him who the Number One Finest Kind Decorator is.
Now tell me about the top of the wall by the seiling? The strip of differentness up there? What is it and how did you do that?

NYCLQ said...

August 13, 2011 at 1:00 am
!!! WOW !!! That looks freakin' fantastic in white!! What a difference - and budget saver!!! You really did an EXCELLENT job!! Way to go! xo


Crystal said...

August 13, 2011 at 2:05 am
Wow Vivienne! It looks absolutely stunning! Isn't it amazing what a coat paint can do?! Great job! :) Thank you so much for linking up! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Homemaker in Heels

Shirley said...

August 13, 2011 at 2:13 am
My jaw is on the floor! It is amazing!!!

Ruth said...

August 13, 2011 at 2:58 am
It looks gorgeous. Great job!!


Elz said...

August 13, 2011 at 3:32 am
Looks great. I love those little victories!

Mel - said...

August 13, 2011 at 9:49 am
Thank goodness you won this victory 'cuase it turned out fantastic!

WhyCuzICan said...

August 13, 2011 at 11:33 am
Yeah!!!! VICTORY! whew. took long. enough :)

Visiting from Tatertots and Jello Linky Party
~Suzanne in IL

Jacqueline said...

August 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Wow what a transformation! It looks so much better!!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

August 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Good choice you guys! The accent color and the furniture color look great!

Lesley said...

August 14, 2011 at 12:15 am
I have almost this exact cabinet sitting in my basement because it's so old fashioned looking and doesn't go with anything else.
You are my savior, Miss Vivienne! I said that in some sort of southern accent because, somehow, I thought it sounded funny like that.

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

August 14, 2011 at 1:56 am
great makeover!
love how the knobs now look like metal.
cheryl xox.

THIS IS ME....ONLINE said...

August 14, 2011 at 2:52 am
I usually pride myself on having a decent vision when it comes to decorating. Right now though, my mouth is hanging open. The before pic (quite honestly) didn't appeal to me. Kind of big and awkward. (Sorry) But is a beautiful piece. Coloring is perfection. My hat is off to you....and HH, too

Jenn said...

August 14, 2011 at 3:02 am
Oh my gosh - stunning! It is amazing what a little paint can do. I LOVE it!!

Shelia said...

August 14, 2011 at 3:49 am
This turned out beautifully! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Becca @ R We There Yet Mom? said...

August 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm
Looks awesome! So question - M is getting a daybed that is a yucky brown wood and I want it white - what do I need to use to paint it white? And make it last.....



InMyOwnStyle said...

August 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Love what a little effort and some paint can do - especially white paint :)

My best- Diane

Chris said...

August 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm
This looks so fantastic! "You were right" are my three favorite words, too, so I can only imagine how validating that is! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Sandy said...

August 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Wow, this is inspiring me to do my own. It looks fantastic!

laniebp said...

August 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm
That is simply amazing and a lot of hard work! What is the lighter paint that you used? I am thinking of painting a pie safe because it is that honey color now and pretty ugly.

Janette - The2Seasons said...

August 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm
You were absolutely right on this one.

Meg said...

August 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm
Don't you love it when you're right? It looks amazing, like a whole different piece! I love the frosted windows, great idea! If you want to share this at my link party going on now, I would be a happy blogger! ;)

Jennifer said...

August 15, 2011 at 12:39 am
LOVE this cabinet!! Is your husband by any chance related to mine? Just wondering....

Thanks so much for linking up to Saturday Social this week! I hope to see you next week as well!!



To The Moon and Back said...

August 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm
OMG, this looks amazing! At first I didn't think it was the same piece. LOVE IT!

Hollie - said...

August 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Amazing transformation!

Stephanie said...

August 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm
I love the color you used! They look so clean and new!

Scribbler said...

August 16, 2011 at 1:48 am
Congratulations. It pays to be persistent. The cabinets look really good.

alison said...

August 16, 2011 at 3:24 am
that was QUITE the victory!! Good job. :)

Jami said...

August 16, 2011 at 7:44 am
Haha this is fabulous...almost as fabulous as those words!!

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy said...

August 17, 2011 at 3:16 am
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! Glad you went with your gut and did it! Way to go! It is music to our ears when the hubby says, "You were right!" Thanks for sharing!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

August 17, 2011 at 10:09 am
The center cabinet reminds me of the old time ice chests. BEAUTIFUL! Love that it's not white! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

Kim said...

August 17, 2011 at 11:19 am
Beautiful! Love the hardware you chose too!

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

August 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Wanted to say "hi" as this is my first visit to your blog ... saw your post on Clean & Scentsible.

You have a great eye for what pieces can become and the "after" is wonderful.

A woman must have invented paint because it seems that men are so resistant to the idea of painting large wood furniture! Glad you prevailed.


Rita May said...

August 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Great idea spraying the wood knobs because new hardware can be expensive and yours look great!

Joysy28 said...

August 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm
Ah, being right feels so good! And your paint job is AMAZING!

HI THERE! said...

August 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm
It looks amazing!! Such a great idea for the knobs and I love the frosted doors too. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this on my facebook page later today.
Jenn :)

Stephanie said...

August 18, 2011 at 2:05 am
Goodness, that is amazing! Wonderful job!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

August 18, 2011 at 2:20 am
Looks fabulous, when will the men start listening to us gals!!?

Jordan McCollum said...

August 18, 2011 at 4:40 am
Beautiful! I have a similar oak-toned entertainment center and I am SO TIRED of that wood color. (My 51 kitchen cabinets and drawers are all the same color.)

It's so good to know there's hope for a new look!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

August 18, 2011 at 6:15 am
I LOVE IT!!! Great job!! Found you via House of Hepworth and have become your newest follower. Pop on over for a visit if you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

Gaertegang said...

August 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm
No matter how many times I see transformations done with simple painting....the shock factor never wears off! It's looks so gorgeous! Hopefully this will help convince HH to give you free rein painting what you please! If they all turn out this wonderful you can't go wrong!

Katie said...

August 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm
Hi! Found you from Home Stories A2Z link up party. I LOVE this transformation. Way to go! Isn't it fun when you win?

Good Time Charlie said...

August 19, 2011 at 3:30 am
Oh that is such a man thing to not want to paint wood, even if the wood doesn't go with anything else. Why???? That is one amazing Redoux. I seriously would have had to look hard to figure out the before and after even went together. I bet you are soooooo happy you finally got your way. And, the bonus that he tells you how good it looks!

Krista-Artista said...

August 19, 2011 at 5:15 am
I love this. You did such a great job it doesn't even look like the same piece! And it looks great with the wall color too. Beautiful!

Laura@Corner House said...

August 20, 2011 at 7:21 am
You were right! I love this and I featured it on my blog tonight.

Megan said...

August 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm
What a bear of a project, so worth it though it's sooooo much better!! Love the frosted glass!!!!

BeingBrook said...

August 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Love it!! Looks so fresh and pretty. Totally a hill worth fighting for!

Ellie said...

August 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm
My entertainment system is due for a paint job. Yours looks great! (I totally have that Stones song in my head now.)

CraftyCupcake13 said...

August 21, 2011 at 5:33 am
WOW - absolutely AMAZING! I'm so glad I found you through Tatertots and Jello, I saw your link up!! I LOVE this I want to paint our dresser to maybe I'll try this light light green color I LOVE it!! I'm your newest follower :) You can find me here:
I'd love if you came to visit me ;)


Thanks for sharing your post!!!!

Stephanie said...

August 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm
Wow, what a transformation! It's gorgeous!!

Janet said...

August 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Gotta agree with everyone who saw this before I did. Looks great! My hubs has a thing against painting wood, but after 35 years of having it his way, he's caving in to let me have some things my way. Now that we're both disabled and can't just do it like when we were healthier, it'll take years to get it done, but I won!!! Isn't it a great feeling?????

Heather {WhipperBerry} said...

August 22, 2011 at 2:12 am
Oh my gosh... I think our husbands were separated at birth! And the Stones reference!!! I LOVE it!! My dear you crack me up...

Tonya said...

August 25, 2011 at 3:52 am
It looks fabulous! Great job!

Delightful Order said...

August 25, 2011 at 3:57 am
WOW!!! LOVE! it turned out so great! Please tell me how you get so many people to comment??? I'd love to know the trick as I know FULL well how great it is to receive comments & how encouraging it is to a blogger.


gail said...

August 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm
amazing redo. I love the color you chose on the wall and on the cabinet pieces.

Dream Mom said...

August 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Beautiful job! Love the new look. I also think it's great that you used a perfectly good piece(s) of furniture and updated it to make it look new. I love how it looks in the room.

Jessica said...

August 31, 2011 at 2:07 am
Just saw your linkup on beneathmyheart! So so so awesome! Love those major redo's!

Delightful Order said...

September 1, 2011 at 3:39 am
Love this! I know I already told you so. I featured it today at my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party.

Stop by and check out the great inspiration link ups.


Michell @ Girl In Air said...

September 1, 2011 at 4:07 am
"Gosh, that looks so much better!" ~ No really! That looks amazing!!

Home Lighting said...

September 6, 2011 at 6:50 am
Wayyyy much better! I can imagine the smile on your face when he said that it looks better ;) Congratulations for the new look, really nice!

jeremy said...

November 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm
I know you will make it! Good luck to the next!
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