Before & After: My Facebook Marketplace Cabinet Makeover Using Farrow & Ball

I love interior design & renovation content. Sustainability is the biggest motivator for me when shopping for quality second-hand items on Marketplace.

Facebook Marketplace has been my absolute go-to for finding vintage used furniture for my home. I found this black used TV cabinet the other day and I thought to myself… I must get it. Through some minor tweaks, old furniture can be given new life and I enjoy reurposing things instead of throwing them away.

Patience is important when it comes to FB MP. I tend to browse hours until I find something that I really like. This cabinet was £70. SEVENTY. Bargain. I always look for authentic period furnitures and traditional pieces online as they suit my home best. Mid-century wood furniture can be expensive (West Elm is my guilty pleasure. I own quite a few big items from them.) so I’m always on the hunt for second hand.

What I really liked about this caninet is the side panelling and the hairpin legs. I’ve immediately had this idea of wanting to change the legs and handles to nice antique gold ones so they can stand out.

Firstly, I’ve dismantled and unscrewed all the legs and removed them from the cabinet. After some surface prep, I’ve used a metallic spray paint (nothing fancy) and spray painted them in my garden. This small tweak made a huge difference already.

Spray painting sounds very straightforward and easy but it’s not a no-brainer activity – you can get it wrong easily if the prep work is being overlooked: cleaning, sanding, coating & good ventillation.

I’ve learned the hard way and messed up stuff because of bad prep in the past – this time I had just enough experience to get it right.

I’ve also popped into my local Farrow & Ball store — where I’m a regular visitor anyway — and stocked up on Pitch Black & some of their newly launched colours. My absolute favourite is Beverly No.310 – it’s the perfect forest green. I’m going to use this for the inside of the drawers to give them a little life. I’m so happy F&B have launched some new permanent colours this autumn as it’s been a few years since they’ve done anything like that. The Liberty Limited Edition range was nice but I haven’t used any of those colours properly.

The TV stand had a bit of wear and tear on it here and there but nothing major. It’s so easy to fix these things these days.

Birks & socks 🧦

Before – This supposed to be a TV stand but I’d like to store some of my logs and chopped wood here like this – who wouldn’t love these bad boys on display? 🪵

I’ve ordered some vintage dresser handles from Etsy. I can’t wait for them to arrive and change these – it will be chic but vintage. I love love love love these handles so much.

I’ve used a mixture of F&B Pitch Black and Dulux Non-Drip Gloss Paint in Black. They have a very nice shiny look which looks perfect with the gold legs & hardware.

Make sure you never use estate emulsion on wood as it has a chalky finish and eventually it will chip off. Emulsion on interior wood doesn’t have the durability to be able to withstand the use & knocks as you move things around. Always use wood paint for wooden surface.

Screwing
Freshly painted

I can’t wait to show you the end result once I have the vintage handles on with two coats of paint. My 55” Black Samsung Frame TV will be fixed on the wall above this upcycled TV cabinet next to my stone fireplace.

It will be the perfect cozy up spot 🤎

B 🌻

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