Monday, March 21, 2011

The Horrible Brown Blob

This is the story of The Horrible Brown Blob!



Karla found the horrible brown blob at a porch sale. Well technically, she missed the porch sale. She was driving by a house on a Monday morning on her way to the bank. She noticed a porch filled with furniture. So naturally, she stopped to investigate. She found out that there had been a porch sale over the weekend, but somehow, we all managed to miss it. The pieces on the porch were the leftovers. The owner was actually on the phone calling the mission to arrange pickup of the leftovers when Karla arrived. The owner said that Karla could have it all for $30, but she had to take every single piece. There were a few gems in the mix, so Karla made a quick phone call to her husband to meet her with a pickup truck and that is how she became the owner of this really interesting cabinet that Karla affectionately describes as the horrible brown blob. But as you can see, it is no longer the horrible brown blob.






Karla loved the door (which was stuck when she found it) and the wood trim (hidden under the brown paint). She knew it needed a much lighter color, so she painted it with an oops cream shade that she had on hand, glazed it with her favorite stain and distressed the edges for added dimension.






And added a green knob. Green is Karla's favorite color.




And check out these hinges. Can you believe these are the very same hinges that were covered in the horrible brown paint?



Karla soaked them in her favorite secret weapon - Windex! I can't even tell you how much Karla loves windex. Did you see the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Yes, that's how much she loves windex. She tells me she's writing a "documentary" on windex for the blog. I know you will want to stay tuned for that!




The door is no longer stuck (not sure if windex was involved).





And there you have it, "done and done" to quote Karla!





The horrible brown blob is actually a pretty cool cabinet, don't you think? And over the next few weeks, I'll have more pieces to share from the porch sale and of course, more on windex. ... Thanks for sharing Karla!


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62 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it looks fantastic. What a change. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Looks great! Oh, I love Windex also!!

Leda said...

Now, I ask you, who could resist clicking on a post with title!?! :) YOU made it look great! ...as always!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

It is so cute! I laughed at the Windex obsession. It truly works miracles. Can't wait for her documentary :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

sooooo much better! the brown blob is transformed into a beautiful swan!

A Vintage Green said...

Lots of work but a great transformation.
- Joy

Natalie said...

That is spectacular! I am swooning over those hinges! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog earlier and hopefully you'll get a chance to come back and visit again soon!

NanaDiana said...

I love it! Can you imagine $30..for a truck load of goodies?! What fun! And I love the cabinet painted white! xxoo Diana

Ticking and Toile said...

Wow! What a serious upgrade!! Looks amazing!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Blob no more! Looks fantastic. It looks like a pretty deep piece too. Maybe if it was somehow made taller it could be an island? Love the little door.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

It looks great! can't wait to see the other goodies!

Cathy said...

Great find,it is hard to pass up a good porch sale.

Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

What a cutie! The little green knob is adorable!

Holly said...

Why do people do things like that to furniture...thankfully there are people like you to save the poor furniture. It is an amazing piece I would snatch up now!

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Love it! What a great storage piece! Great transformation. :)

Ladybird Ln said...

That is fun, I have never seen anything like that! What a find!

Carlee,
ladybirdln.blogspot.com

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Poor brown blog just needed some TLC! It's a swan now, just gorgeous!
*hugs*Deb

Laurel said...

Very cute little cupboard...great transformation :) Windex huh? Now you've got me thinkin...thanks! Laurel

Tammy @ Type A said...

wow, love the transformation! thanks so much for sharing this at my party!!

Pam said...

No longer a brown blob at all. It's amazing what a little paint will do!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

wow, it looks SO much better! I'd love it if you would link this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday link party.

Lisa said...

Well I'd forgotten about the Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Such a funny movie. I'm so trying the Windex trick next time.

Cheers,
Lisa x

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Wonderful piece!!~ Thanks for stopping by and becoming a new friend. I already follow along on your blog, I recall it being featured I believe on Donna's and I loved what you did.

Hartwood Roses said...

You're right ... it DEFINITELY isn't a brown blob anymore! Lovely. (I had a jeweler tell me once that he uses Windex to get stuck rings off of customers' fingers.)

vintageculler said...

This is a great transformation of a uniquely styled piece. Love it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your blob is fabulous!!!!! What a wonderful transformation and thank you for linking up :)
XO

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Fantastic job and i love the post title!

XO
Lenore

House Revivals said...

Great make-over! It's so charming now!
~Amanda

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for linking this project up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party. :-)

Judy said...

What a transformation. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

Emily@LovelyBeasts said...

$30 for a whole truckload of furniture? Score! This cabinet is so unique. It looks 100 times better now!

Mary said...

The cabinet looks great! Good job!

Janet said...

It turned out great! Isn't it amazing what a coat of white paint will do!
Blessings,
Janet

Martina said...

What a great transformation!! Martina

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Wow! What a difference. Don't ya just love a good trash-to-treasure transformation? ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Susan said...

Enjoyed reading about the horrible little brown blog. It is, indeed, a very nice cabinet. Wonder where she will put it and what it will be used to store. Take care and thanks for sharing. Susan

lvroftiques said...

From glob to fab!! Vanna

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great transformation and now it is such a cute little cabinet. Thank you so much for sharing this at my party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Rosie said...

That is such an awesome piece. I can envision it as the perfect potting bench. It's not a blob anymore.

Coloradolady said...

it is amazing how that looks now...and Windex? Who would have thought that!!! Happy VTT!

Ang @ Taking a Sunday Drive said...

Looks great!!

Sarah said...

That's adorable! I hope the previous owner of the brown blob will have the chance to see it's transformation someday...looks great!

HaPpY vInTaGe ThInGiE tHuRsDaY!
Sarah

Amanda said...

What a great little cabinet! And I must admit...it was your title that grabbed my attention and brought me over from the Shabby Chic Cottage! I am glad I stopped by! I will definitely remember the windex idea!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Shelia said...

What a wonderful little cabinet! It looks so sweet now. If we could only have vision like her to see the potential in these kinds of pieces. Looks very farm housey! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

LV said...

An amazing makeover on that cabinet. It really turned out to make a very nice piece of furniture.

Jeanne said...

This is an awesome makeover. Good job. I admit the brown blob was daunting. But not to you. Your vision paid off.
Hugs, Jeanne

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That is actually a really cool piece! Looks fabulous now! Thanks for linking up!

Rebecca said...

It looks fabulous!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

That turned out so charming! This is my first visit to your blog, and I'm so happy I found it. It has a unique look. I'm a new follower looking forward to more of your lovely posts.Drop by Bramby and pay me a visit-I would love to hear from you and I have a giveaway going on. Have a wonderful evening!

Ann-Marie

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

it looks so authentically beat up... like it has been sitting in a bran for years!

Jeanne said...

I'm thinkin' this was one of those little cabinets that sat in bedrooms and held the chamber pot. hmmmmm. The handy little door and all to hide it away.... Most excellent find. Porch diving! visiting from VTT!
xo Jeanne.
http://beeskneesbungalow.blogspot.com/

Melody said...

Hi Sharon! what a lovely blog you have. I just popped in from Brambleberry's Time Travel THurs. Kove you post for today.....did not realize that about Windex tho.....Must try it.
Hope you can stop by soon!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

What a change up. That cabinet would look great in a farm house kitchen! Another great redo, Sharon!

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Looks so much better. I love that you named it the horrible brown blog - fits it to a T. It just needed a little love.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:)

Hope to see you next Wednesday!

xoxokara

Lisa said...

Karla has a good eye for spotting a treasure. LOVE the makeover.. and I love the Windex obsession...lol I'm dying to hear more about that. I love the cabinet, it really is fabulous now.

Katie said...

This turned out great! What a unique piece of furniture!! I nominated you for a stylish blogger award! I love your projects!

http://craptastickatie.blogspot.com/2011/03/say-what.html

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Yes, I'd like to know more about the things that Windex can do. I only use it to clean windows! The redo is fantastic. Don't you just love "rescuing" furniture?

Chrissie said...

Great transformation! What a great find, a whole porch full of furniture! I can't wait to see the rest!

Jenn Erickson said...

Karla found herself and absolute gem. What a beautiful restoration. Oh, how I long for a good, serendipitous yard or porch sale! It seems that all people get rid of around here are MDF TV stands and old kitty condos -- Ew!

Thank you for sharing the transformation from "brown blob" to Americana masterpiece at "A Little Birdie Told Me..."

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I featured this project on my blog! :-) Come on over and take an I've been featured button.

Doreen said...

This is so so beautiful. What a great transformation. Now it looks like an Ethan-Allen $1,500 piece! I saw a nice piece today at a thrift shop, but am still practicing on smaller transformations. One day....