Thursday, April 12, 2012

Petite Cabinet Makeover

I'm really happy with the way this petite little cabinet turned out, but there were definitely a few bumps along the way.


This one had been hiding out in my garage for a while now. I knew she was in need of a little TLC. ... Okay, a whole lot of TLC!


She was missing her original mirror.



And I soon realized she was also missing her original doors.



Faux wood grain contact paper covered a pair of homemade doors. Bummer! They were going to have to go.


The shelf inside was cracked and warped, so it had to go too.



It was easy to break out the old shelf. But in order to get a new shelf inside, that center bar also had to be removed. Let's just say that the saw got a good workout on this project.




Thank goodness she was strong and sturdy.



I painted her in a soft shade of blue. It was an oops paint and I mixed it with my chalk paint recipe.



I distressed her lightly and finished up with a coat of wax.




A cute little backsplash filled in the space from the original mirror.




And a pair of baskets fit nicely on the shelf.







This one wasn't easy. But it always feels good to give a piece a new lease on life!


I'm linking to...



HOG


A Diamond in the StuffMod Vintage Life





Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design


48 comments:

Twice Nice said...

Sharon I love it! I think somehow the "sorriest" pieces are the most gorgeous! Great look with the baskets.

Cassi @ Stop And Smell The Roses said...

This is gorgeous! I love the color and the little detail on the wood. Unfortunately, I live in a town where there are little to no thrift stores and craigslist is NON-existent. :(

Question- how do you get your paint to look like there are no brush lines? I am working on a little side table and I tried painting (matte finish) and then sanding with a really fine grain sand paper but it didn't really seem like it did much. Also, what kind of a wax do you use?

Looks great! Thanks for humoring me! :)

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Awesome job, Sharon! I love it! Love the baskets, too. Even better than the doors! Cyndi

Nicole @ Simplicity and Delight said...

It looks beautiful, and I love the shade of blue.

Artsy Matilda said...

I have the same questions as Cassi -
how DO you get rid of the brushstrokes? And what kind of wax do you use?
Inquiring minds ...

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

You have the gift! I think I would have given up after seeing that contact paper!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Love the color Sharon! Nothing like a diamond in the rough. And the baskets really are a perfect fit! The redo was worth the effort for the legs alone, love them!

xoxo
Kathleen

Ali Richardson said...

Awesome!!!You definitely gave this little cabinet a fresh start. Great work!

Kellie Collis said...

What a gorgeous transformation! Have a wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

Danielle said...

Gorgeous! You really transformed this piece. I love the color and distressing :)

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Very pretty!! you did a great job!

gail said...

Sharon!! love your little cabinet. :) The repairs and changes you made make all the difference. That little backsplash piece was pure genius! :)
(I'll have to remember that one)
love the color.
gail

Kathy {Pearls in Paradise} said...

Wowza! This is a total makeover for sure and a good one too! It is now a beautiful piece and one would never know that it used to have wood grain contact paper on it!

Allison@FabRehab said...

WOW! Wonderful job...way to stick with it!

NanaDiana said...

You did a great job. Probably most people would have junked it when the saw the doors...let alone having to take the shelf out and replace it. It looks wonderful and someone is going to love it. xo Diana

Amanda Jones said...

This is a fabulous makeover! It is beautiful! I was laughing so hard when I saw you peeling the paper off the doors.

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Adorable Sharon! What great improvising :)

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

It looks great Sharon! I would never have thought of a backsplash (and I would have probably given up when I saw the doors!). Did you just cut a piece of plywood for the backsplash or what did you use?

Katie said...

I can't believe someone did that to the doors! That's hilarious! You sure salvaged this piece though! It looks amazing! Great job Sharon!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh my gosh those doors before!!!!! you saved it! it looks amazing!!

Kara @ June & Bear said...

i like it with the baskets instead of the doors even better anyway. such pretty little legs on that piece. lovely transformation.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Enormous improvement! Nice job. Love the color.

GirlRural.com said...

I like this so much without the doors! It's a great color, functional and would be a great entry way piece of maybe even a changing table.

g*rated said...

oh how i LOVE furniture transformations! this turned out beautiful. we'd love to have you link this up to our Sunday Best party going on right now. http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunday-best-link-party.html
-marie

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Wonderful transformation. That shade of blue has become my new favorite!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the shade of blue and the baskets look like they were made for it! Great transformation!
Visiting from BNOTP.

Rondell♥

Ann said...

That's an incredible makeover. Seeing the finished piece, one would never guess what you started with. I'm a big fan of storage baskets and yours look lovely in that nice cabinet.

Okio B Designs said...

Beautifully done! I love the color you chose and the baskets make such a pretty touch!

Jeanine

waldenbunch said...

You did an amazing job! Such creativity in taking the old and making it new. I love the color, too!

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Sharon,
I linked over to your blog from Craft-O-Maniac’s link up party. This transformation on your Petite Cabinet is amazing. Nice Work!
Smiles, Paula

Ms. Redo said...

Spotted this at Met Monday party and had to see it in person - gorgeous, you really do good work!

Karena said...

Sharon I absolutely love your makeover. The color is perfect!! Adore the baskets!

I have a $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Soft Surroundings if you would like to enter!!

xoxo
Karena
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Envoy-ette said...

You know that little piece of furniture is very happy now! What a change! You really saved the poor thing from being discarded. It's a keeper now!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great new look for that.

Sarah @ Imperfect Patina said...

I love the color and the baskets!!! So much better than before : )

Jane @ urbanejane. said...

What a huge transformation from what it used to look like! It seriously gave you a run for it's money! ;)

Great job! :)

Good Time Charlie said...

I love this so much more than the original with doors! It was meant to be that they had to go. Too funny they were covered with wood grained contact paper! Someone was very resourceful!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a beautiful piece, Sharon!!I love that color and it's functionality. Megan

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

You did a great job, and I love the baskets!

xo,
RJ

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Oh, and I am linking from Mod Mix Monday.

xo,
Ricki Jill

MGal @ WatchMeDIY.com said...

I love the color of this piece. What type of wax did you use to seal it? i just finished my first distressed table and I'm no sure I used the right stuff. Stop by and take a look when you have a minute. Cheers, MGal watchmediy.com

Ann said...

What a great idea for a castaway piece.. I have one in my closet as I write this. Lucky you the baskets fit perfectly!!

Courtney @ Brilliant Like Fireflies said...

Beautiful job, and I love that shade of blue and the fact that you replaced the doors with baskets - it looks amazing!

Heather @ The Junktion said...

Gorgeous...that turned out awesome!

Tamsyn said...

Well done!! This looks so great :)

~ Tami said...

Goodness, that turned out beautiful. Amazing what we can do with others discarded items, well done!
I would love for you to link this up to our Friday Block Party over at Curb Alert!
http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2012/04/friday-block-party-2.html
Thanks, Tami @ Curb Alert

Comeca Jones said...

So pretty!

Joselyn said...

What a great save! I adore the color.