A quick, What Would YOU Do? post to share today. Colleen emailed and asked for input on this cabinet that she just purchased at her local Goodwill for only $9.99. Score! If she wants a softer look, I would suggest using chalk paint so I could really pick out those details with distressing. However, a pop of bright color in can really make a piece. One more tip – a contrasting color on the inside.
Do you all remember the lovely French Drexel cabinet that my neighbor kindly gave me? It has a gorgeous shell carving and two sweet drawers with a painted design. The whole piece had been finished in a green patina and it actually had a hole in its back. I patched the hole and then had a blast working on this beautiful piece!
The Greige Farmhouse Cabinet is done!
Remember the before?Here is the after!I used Sherwin Williams “Perfect Greige” and mixed it with the Vintage Storehouse Restoration Company chalky powder to create a chalk paint. It adhered nicely. I used 220 to 400 grit to distress and sand it back to smoothness and Annie Sloan clear wax as a sealer.The window panes add even more character to this very vintage piece.
My Greige Cabinet is giving me a headache. It doesn’t help that it is 98 degrees outside and I am driving to swim meets, laser tag, baseball games, the mall and the movies (I complain but I actually really love summer and Jurassic World was pretty good :))
Back to the cabinet…I decided to remove the old hardware to make room for new. However, as is the case every time you remove old hardware, it was the very last screw that decided it would not budge. Nope, it had been there for at least 60 years and was not moving. The old hardware was stuck on one end of the door and the screw head on the other and it would not screw off. After an hour, I was covered in sweat and muttering, “bastard screw” under my breath.
Today’s post is a flash from the past! I’m sharing two pieces that were both done in the early stages of my business and never really had their chance to shine in the spotlight. I don’t have the “before” pics of either – sorry! This was in the beginning days and my blog was just getting off the ground.
There are many, many times that I finish a piece and think – I can’t sell it. I just love it. I have to keep it. It needs to be mine. However, this is my business and I need to make a dollar to spend a dollar and, if I kept all of my lovely finds, I would live in a house that would require tunnels to move from room to room.
We had a very sloppy, wet weekend but it was perfect to get the dreaded task of cleaning out our basement done. I can actually see the floor down there now! Ah, progress!
Today’s favorite find is this beautifully detailed and highly useful cabinet. It has a nice low profile and can fit into many spaces. I can see it under a tv, amongst other uses and the hardware is gorgeous. The top was in bad condition but after sanding it back, looks flawless.
I took advantage of my last few days of freedom and went thrifting yesterday. My favorite activity! Once my kids are home for summer, it isn’t going to be as easy to do. I thought I would share my finds. I love the straight lines of this dresser. CONTINUE READING