before & after: julie’s cabinet

this before and after comes from julie of bangs, a beard & ballyhoo (i love that blog name). julie and her fiance inherited a dilapidated linen cabinet when they moved to san francisco, but it was a horrible hodge-podge of brown, blue and red chipped paint. after sanding the heck out of it and cleaning it up with some white paint, they added a yellow interior and a beautiful elly nelly wall graphic in ash. it looks like such a cheerful place to store bedding and towels now, great work julie!

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  1. katie says:

    It’s lovely! Lucky inheritance! What room are you keeping the piece in?

  2. Shanon says:

    Perfectly done.

  3. Macy says:

    This is really fantastic – I love the use of the wall graphic on top of the paint – I had never considered that for inside a piece of furniture!

  4. Vivi says:

    So clever and darling!

  5. Petra says:

    Looks very fresh and up to date now- great re-do!

  6. Anne Bryant says:

    Love it! Great job. :)

  7. Shelley says:

    Love it! This would be really easy to do to a cabinet from Ikea too!

  8. LeighS says:

    Bravo on reclaiming and rehabbing old furniture.

  9. Cat says:

    Wow…just fabulous! Love the bright yellow and white color combo and the flowers!

  10. Teri says:

    So cute! I love that you thought to use the wall graphic on the inside of your cabinet… great job!

  11. Wow. That’s so pretty!

  12. Ashley Ann says:

    This is so beautiful and cheery. I love the inside graphic…a perfect touch.

  13. erin says:

    very lovely. such good inspiration.

  14. casey says:

    so much work, but completely worth it. the piece is gorgeous.

  15. I really love this! It’s almost so pretty you don’t want to put anything in it!

  16. AK says:

    Very pretty, but it throws me off that the flowers spring forth from nowhere. I would love to see the design continue cohesively down to the bottom.

  17. Laura says:

    Scrumptious yellow and love the use of the wall graphic!

  18. MeggyD says:

    LOVE the white armor and yellow tree graphic. love love love. Wonderful!

  19. Cheryl says:

    What an amazing transformation. Really nice job.

  20. Pamela says:

    Lovely and fresh! Yummy yellow!

  21. Alice says:

    This makes me wanna cry it is so FAB! Simplicity at it’s BEST!

  22. Sarah White says:

    My friend once did something like this in her bathroom in a light blue and it turned out amazing!

  23. mh says:

    i heart that strpe-y plaid blanket! can you tell me where it’s from? please?

  24. The before and afters today are tremendous!

  25. JFM says:

    mh – the blanket is so soft and perfect. it’s a vintage find from a shop called “lazy fish” on block island, rhode island.

    katie – right now, the cabinet is in a corner of the living room. for some reason it didn’t seem to belong in the bedroom. i’m fickle, so that may change.

    thank you for all of the kind comments!

  26. Dorm Bedding says:

    Love it! It’s so happy & fun :)

  27. Great job! I love the simple flowers on the inside ~ a very nice touch.

  28. I like you, Julie’s cabinet.

  29. Emily says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous.

  30. Jen says:

    what a transformation! so clever and fresh. well done!

  31. iloveyousimondoonan says:

    Way to go – truly a gem!

  32. Eva says:

    yellow makes me smile. the graphic is real nice!

  33. Shelley says:

    A really cute & cheerful ‘after cabinet.’ A lovely project!

  34. ellynelly says:

    Woohoo! Julie you’ve done us proud!! Our Meadow wall graphic looks super. We are delighted to see it get such a great treatment, so what we want our customers to be doing with our designs. Thank you!! Cheers, Elaine & Nell :o)


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