Friday, July 12, 2013

De-Countrify a Potato Bin

|We are currently working on remodeling our Kitchen. There is nothing exactly wrong with it, but it definitely does not reflect our taste.

One of the projects I decided to tackle was to refinish this potato bin and make it a little more modern and simple.

This is the before picture

I purchase this bin many years ago, I would say around 15 to 20 years ago. Since my style has evolved over the years, this bin just does not match the decor that we now prefer.
Instead of going out and purchasing a new Bin that I liked better, I decided that I could easier change it up and de-countrify it.
The first thing that I did was give it a good sanding, and removed the brass hinges that were being used for the top bin. Next I painted the entire bin with CIL Smart paint from Home Depot in Martha Stewart Colour Heavy Cream. I really like the CIL Smart Paint, as there is no need to prime beforehand. It has the paint and primer built into one. Saves having to prime the item first which saves you time, and we all could use a little more time here and there.
I let it cure for a couple of days just to be sure that everything was really dry.  The Brass Hinges I spray painted in a satin nickel finish using Krylon Brushed Metallic Spray Paint. I think I bought it at Michaels with one of their 40% off coupons. I applied a few very light coats and let it dry well between them.
Once all of the paint was dry enough I used my trusty Silhouette Cameo to cut out the words Potatoes and Onions on a lightly metallic grey vinyl. (The font is Sofia)
And here is the finished Bin.

 I think it turned out great. We also added a satin nickel handle to the bottom drawer to bring everything together. I love the slightly off white colour against the nickel finish.

And that's how we changed this old Potato Bin, into our new and improved version. I am pretty proud of how it turned out.

What have you changed, refinished recently?  I would love to see it.

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