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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Before & After

Vintage Demilune Cabinet Refresh


This post is sponsored by Valspar.

When we bought The Harrison House Bed & Breakfast earlier this year, it was filled with lots of old furniture and décor that needed a new home.  We had an estate sale to help clear everything out, but tagged a few pieces we didn’t want to sell. The wood Demilune cabinet in the hallway was one of them (hi, Bryan!).

Although I didn’t like the wood tone of the cabinet, I liked the form and knew it could be a great candidate for a good ol’ paint job.  Painting old wood furniture is a sticky subject, I know — but this piece actually doesn’t appear to be that old.  And after taking a closer look at it, the shelves and back were actually a laminate material, which sealed the deal for me.  Paint was imminent!

Valspar has a Cabinet & Furniture Paint product that’s meant for this exact type of project.  The big benefit is that the paint hardens to a smooth, factory-like finish. The brush marks kind of fade away so it looks like it’s sprayed.  It’s an oil-enriched enamel, so it does take longer to dry, but this was worth it to get the smooth finish I was looking for.

I knew I wanted to go dark — there’s just something about a coat of black paint that instantly modernizes and freshens and adds a little edge. Valspar New Black (4011-1) was the winner!

Before getting started, I followed the prep instructions on the can and cleaned the piece with soap & water.  This is what the shelves looked like after 1 heavy coat of paint.

And here’s how it looks as it’s starting to dry.

This is what the shelves looked like right when I finished painting them…

And this is what they looked like about an hour later (full dry time is 4 hours to the touch, 8-12 hours before recoating. No brush marks in sight!! Pretty awesome.

The piece needed a healthy 2 coats for full coverage. Look how it turned out!

Here’s one more look at the before…

And now, after paint. Doesn’t it look like a totally different piece?!

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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