(Okay, it actually doesn't look too bad in this picture, but trust me, it was.)
I told her I was going to repaint it and put new knobs on it. She said that would cost more than what she paid for it. She was right, but I knew it could actually look pretty decent with a couple upgrades.
I went to Home Depot yesterday and got some paint and knobs. Let me tell you, those Home Depot people are HELP-FUL. I faced my fears and admitted I'd never painted anything in my life, except for that CD box I made for my sister in 7th grade shop class. Fortunately the Home Depot people didn't laugh at me for all my stupid questions. Or maybe they just waited until I left...
A man there talked me into spray paint over regular paint, so I went that route. I wanted a flat finish but they didn't have that in red spray paint so I got a satin finish. Anything but a gloss, and I was happy. The spray paint was $4.50. Claret Wine, it was called. I think.
The knobs were a little more than I was hoping to pay at $3 a piece, but I only need three of them and they were absolutely perfect for what I was picturing.
So...drumroll...here is the finished product!
I would like to point out that while you can see some lighter spots in this picture, you can't really notice them in real life. I blame it on my camera flash. It looked much more flattering without the flash, but the knobs looked gold instead of silver. I had to sacrifice something, and I LOVE those knobs.
So this picture is more the actual color and sheen, but just imagine it with silver knobs. I can still see a little bit of the lighter spots, so I'm thinking I might distress it a little bit to help with that. Not sure yet, though, since it's that ugly white paint underneath. I'll have to put more time into thinking about that one.
My uncle helped me with the spray paint, otherwise I would have been up a creek without a paddle, for sure.
Don't you just love it? I'm so happy I painted it!