I spoke the other day about my original HELMER unit that had faded to a cream colour (from white,) and how I hadn't really noticed until the new ones arrived and they were all sat side by side.
I knew I wanted to freshen it up a little bit, but didn't know whether to do white, light grey (to get a little ombre action on the go,) or charcoal. It was the Mr who suggested navy, and I thought to spray the handles gold as I'm pretty fond of gold/brass hardware...
Apologies for the before picture, it was taken on my phone but you can see the middle unit, whilst in perfect condition still (thankfully no rust or anything else tricky,) had just become lacklustre and whilst I didn't mind that combination of white, cream and grey - I knew I wasn't in love with it from the get go and would make changes sooner rather than later.
All I did was take the handles off, sprayed the drawers first and followed by the unit. I focused mainly on the front and the tops, basically what would be on view - the back is still cream and that's fine by me. It took two cans of spray paint to do this, so a third would have been needed to give the whole unit two coats - as it is, the bits on view have two coats and everywhere else has one very good coating.
I could've taken the unit apart and sprayed each component in order to get a neater finish, but this is the older version of the HELMER, the build style is slightly different to the new one and whilst I knew I could get it together again without the instructions, actually getting it apart would be a pain - my dad actually helped me put it together back in the day and he made it so this was never going to fall apart - or be pryed apart by my hands with only a screwdriver on hand.
The handles are nowhere near perfect, but from these angles they are okay. When I do get round to doing the other units handles (I'm spraying them gold too,) I think I'll use two trouser hangers or string to hang them up and spray them that way as paint pooled in certain areas - lucky for me they are hidden from immediate view and overall the handles have a smooth finish so I'm happy enough. I'm sure once the other handles have been spray painted, I'll take a few pictures and update this post to show the overall finished look.
This little project only took about two hours, but it was spread out over two days because of the multiple coats and waiting for the paint to dry thoroughly. I already had the gold spray paint, so I only had to buy the navy - so all in this little fixer-upper cost under £15. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
Have you got any projects on the pipeline?
UPDATE: I finally got round to spraying the other handles to match the navy unit and guys, I'm totally in love with the finish of it all. It all looks like it's a matching, yet clearly different set. I'm kind of obsessed with looking at it, hah!