July 29, 2014Mike and Sara Rehab a 60s Retro Ranch : Jazzing Up The Master Bedroom Built-In
Sara In AZ
I think I told you all once before that our retro ranch has no shortage of built-ins…..every bedroom has one and there is also a giant one in the hallway and one in the family room. I already showed you all the built-in hutch we restored in one of the bedrooms and I promise to show you all of the built-ins eventually, but today we are focusing on the built-in located in the master bedroom.
I adore this built-in beyond words! Mike and I only currently have one small-ish (sorta ramshackle) dresser between us so this will be a VERY nice change! Hello storage!!!
When we first got the house I was thinking we’d basically just leave the built-in alone – that we’d just paint around it and leave the built-in as-is. It was always painted (it was never a natural wood tone) and I was thinking maybe it was just good enough as-is.
Then I got to scrutinizing the built-in one day and saw it had a bunch of nicks and dings all over the doors and drawers…nothing big….just little stuff here and there. But I got to thinking that since we were basically painting the entire place I’d hate to have everything else look fabulous and the built-in be the drab eyesore of the room.
So yeah, like I really need to add one more painting project to my list! eeks!!!
I set up everything in the living room and went to work painting the doors and all 800 of the drawers. Seriously, it was just 15 drawers but it TOTALLY felt like 800!!!
Here is the original color against my first coat – it was kind of a creamy beige color. I decided to paint everything a glossy white.
And *poof* here is the after!
I decided to change out the hardware in here too.
I had a bunch of the chrome chevron handles just lying around in storage and somehow I managed to score some knobs with a starburst escutcheon on the cheap recently – so I thought why not finally put them in action!
I think the new hardware and paint really make this built-in pop now!
And I just had to show you all this too….I’ve had these vintage ceramic light switch covers for years now – but I could never use them because we never had these smaller style switches. I’ve always held onto them hoping one day we’d be able to use them and yay, it finally worked out! We thought this atomic light switch cover would look just great next to the built-in with the starburst knobs.
Ahhhhh yes, much better!
We still have all of the original hardware and will not get rid of it, we just thought it would be nice to change things up in the master and I am loving the change!