Updating knotty pine
To prep for paint, I gave it a good vacuum, cleaning, sanding, and another wipe down.I also removed the upper glass doors to give this piece an open shelving look.Again, a bright living room appears more modern than a dark one, so choose the window treatments wisely.Sheer-white horizontal cellular or pleat-style shades are more than contemporary; they flow seamlessly alongside horizontal wall planks.
I haven’t plugged them in yet, but it might add a nice effect at night.
Paint trim, doors and the ceiling white, and any dated wood furniture black.
A wood-on-white effect brightens the room and black elements offer high-contrast, which are keys to modern design.
I left the doors off the top hutch because I like the idea of open shelves.
I didn’t fill the holes on the top where the door hinges were, just in case I decide to add the doors back on at some point.I sealed it with two coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in flat, sanding with 400 grit sandpaper between coats for a super smooth finish.