Friday, April 23, 2010

Not your grandmother's cupboard


This is a story of a cupboard.


It started out so tall.

A little too tall for our liking.

So we cut its legs down to size.




Then I used some Ikea stain and learned the moms are always right now matter what your age is. 




Then we learned the wonderous joys of spray paint.

In less then one day I had this:



Ahh, much better.

Off to Hobby Lobby we went or as my Nannie calls it, Roly-Polys and got some scrapbook paper.

So that the paper wouldn't be so bright I hired my Wild Man to help me stain it with coffee.



I agreed to pay him in Chicken nuggets.

Once the paper dried I have a neat backdrop.


Then go to Anthroplogie with blinders on and try you ever lovin best to only look at the knobs.

You fail, but don't get down for too long.

Then you fill it up with all the white dishes and a the small silver pieces that you can find.


Ta Da...



Much better now.

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90 comments:

Kristi said...

So pretty and the color you chose is great! Thanks for the coffee tip. What do you do, just make regular coffee and brush it on? Do you just let it dry on there or wipe it off?

Michelle said...

That's beautiful! I love to see step-by-step projects and how they turn out. I also really like the green as well as how the whole project turned out!

Have a blessed weekend

Kristin said...

I love it! It turned out great!!!

Have a great weekend,
Kristin

Katie said...

Cute! Love the green and coffee dyed paper! I agree that the legs were wayyyy too long before!

Nancy said...

I.love.it! It is so neat! You did such a great job. And the little man even got to help! That will be a piece you'll enjoy for years. Good job!

Nancy

Amber said...

I love this! I love the scrapbook paper. It really makes the dishes pop! Great job! :)

Sandra said...

One day! Holy Moly you work fast. Love it! Love the green and the chicken nugget payment plan.

MelissaAggie98 said...

Great transformation! Just stopping by from FF to say hello!

J. L. W. said...

This looks absolutely amazing. I love the "new" cabinet! Stopping by from FF.

Courtney said...

very impressed, Katie! You are quite the crafty one! Coffee stains - brilliant! I'm lovin' catching up with you through blogs!

Denise said...

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Jane said...

I love it! Great job. That green was spray paint...wow...it looks wonderful! Like the white dishes in it too.

Kimmy @ my beautifully blessed life said...

What a transformation!! It's so cute! :)

spottytech said...

Actually I think it looked better before you did anything to it. Though I might just have bad taste, I do like to watch "Minute to Win It" from time to time.

Kel said...

WoW! That really turned out good. I wish I could look at something an envision what it could be.

lacycakes said...

hi i found you through all things thrifty. i love your title and all your redo's!
Lacy

Irene said...

Wow! that is beautiful! And you did so well to get your little one involved, too!

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Carmen said...

Gorgeous! Love the color!

thedomesticfringe said...

I LOVE this! The scrapbook paper was a fabulous idea.

-FringeGirl

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it's adorable! the color is great! i actually kind of liked it with the washed stain look as well. great transformation!

bbcd mama said...

From one TN-Chicago girl to another, your refurb is fabulous!

Liz

Lana K. W. Austin said...

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the whole transformation and your cute little helper, too!
Hugs, Lana

Judy said...

Katie, I love what you did with that ordinary cupboard, turning it into extraordinary! And that little Wildman was enlisted to help was a great thing. Think of the memories you are making for that little guy! Plus the fact that he's learning that work is pleasant and a joyous part of life.

Allison Shops said...

Looks great - much better with the legs cut down. The color and paper are perfect. Cute LM. Dropping by from BNOTP, #7.

Allison
AtticMag

Happy Nester said...

Oh, it turned out so cute! I love the green & that is quite a cute helper you got there.

Scribbler said...

This is terrific! And your two little boys are do darling.

Scribbler
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Shelia said...

What a little beauty the chest turned out to be. Love the color and how you've loaded 'er up! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Amy @ peppertowne.com said...

Very cute, I love that green color.

Kaysi said...

So pretty! What a fun color!

Alyssa Barnett said...

Oh I love this SO much! The color is gorgeous.
and I just bought & used some anthropology knobs myself so I know about temptation...You really did a great job.

Alyssa
Lifeoflyssie.com

GrannySue said...

How adorable. I would never have thought of cutting off the legs. This is a great idea and I am always needing more dish storage space. Thanks for the post.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Looks great - I agree the legs were way too long.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Love it! It turned out fabulous!!!

Chris said...

What a great project...I loved the story of it even better. Well done.

Michele said...

Great job. It looks fantastic.

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Looks great, I wish I had an Anthro in my area! Love the use/treatment of the scrap papers.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Beautiful!
Stopping by from NTT.
*hugs*deb

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

oh wow! what a makeover! The cupboard is sooo cute.
gail

Wendy said...

Turned out great and I LOVE the color!

Aims said...

LOVE IT, katie! so very Antho :-) also, love the little Nannie phrase...roly poly's...haha!

janet said...

I'm getting ready to shorten an old sewing table so this is very timely...thanks! Well done..;-)

Janet

Patti said...

Love how you changed this - great color choice and very clever to cut the legs (If I had attempted that, well, lets just say the doors wouldn't shut properly because the whole cupboard would be uneven!!) Came over from NTT!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

ahhhh, this is so cute!!

Maureen said...

I found you on NTT. What an awesome make over! That was a blah cabinet before, you really made a great change. I love the idea of the paper with the coffee wash, perfect!

Jennifer Juniper said...

A great transformation :)

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness how stink'in caute! I love the idea of toning down the paper with the coffee.

:) Michelle

Marianne@Songbird said...

Looks cute! I didn't even know Ikea had stain.

Priscilla said...

I like the knobs you chose! It looks great!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Great idea to cut it down...the makeover looks outstanding! Happy NNT!

Blessings,
Linda

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

It turned out very nice. The next time I need to have some work done, I'll see if I can pay in chicken nuggets too! If I don't ask, I'll never know:)

Suzanne said...

How cute is that! Love the color.

Room to Inspire said...

The color is great and I love that you just buzzed the legs off! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.

Chelsea

Sandy said...

I just LOVE what you did to this cabinet.. can you tell me.. did you have to prime the cabinet before the spray paint.. I have two dressers I want to turn blue and you gave me the inspiration!!
love it!
Sandy

http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Wow!! Everything about that cabinet is so cute! Great job :)

Magic Brush said...

Gorgeous!

And my baby girl calls Hobby Lobby .... "Hobbily Lobbily". Hehe

Stephanie Cameron said...

Great job seeing the potential in that strange cabinet! I adore the color!!

Carolyn said...

Great makeover in a day! It looks lovely now.

Carolyn

TidyMom said...

I LOVE it! Turned out GREAT!!
Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It!! Have a GREAT weekend!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! i love that cupboard! love love love it! any colour the cupboard still look great! my fave cupboard!

Atticmag said...

Very clever. Great color green, too. Jane F.

Laura said...

Oh gosh, this is beautiful. I love the idea about the coffee!

I'm having a blog party tomorrow and I'd love it if you linked up!
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Lori said...

I love the color! Great job.

Thanks for joing Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Beautiful piece! It looks so high end. The glass doors are wonderful and it looks like a totally different piece with the green.

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna

Coleen's Corner said...

Wow. You did a fantastic job! Love the color you selected... and your helper is adorable!

Debbie said...

THat piece did a complete turn around, WOW it looks great! I love the color too...nice job, and you have a very cute helper with you!

Jessica Hills said...

I love the color you painted it! Turned out so COOL! THanks so much for linking to Favorite Things Friday!

Liz said...

Oh it is DARLING! You did a great job!

~Liz

walnutivory said...

Super cute makeover, I love the floral paper backdrop, definitely adds a little interest!

Cindy said...

Hi Katie..I'm Cindy from Texas. I love what you did to the cabinet!! I have been stareing at it for quite sometime ..would you mind sharing what brand of spray paint you used and the color. I have a piece of misc furniture that I had painted 12 years ago..and one side got quite scratched up..I think this will match the paint I used.I would appreciated it.
Thanks.

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Maria said...

oh my goodness, I'm so jealous! I'll have to make one. I didn't realize I needed one until now.

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

That is so cute! I love that you cut the legs off to make it fit your needs.
The color is fabulous too!
Thanks for linking to my party! :)
Traci

Mama E said...

Hello! Stopping by from Chocolate Sundaes Party. Lovely project! The color is great.
-Mama E
www.homeandheartsblog.com

Mimi said...

What a great job on that cute little cupboard!

the thrifty ba said...

you have a great eye!i wouldnt have thought to cut it shorter!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What an amazing transformation! I love the new color! Simply Stunning! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly apprecaite it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

That turned out fab! Love the background paper and that you pay your little guy in chicken nuggets, I do too. :)

Thanks for joining my Flaunt it Friday party, please come back next week! :)

michelle b @ every little thing said...

just beyond the stars fantastic!! and the anthro knobs...drool...been looking at those for a long time now...only problem is i need like a kabillion of them for my bedroom furniture! $$$$$ aaaak!
love it,
inspired...
following...

LuckyStarHeather said...

Such a good color :) Great job!

Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

Laura said...

I love the way it turned out!

Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day! Hope to see you next week!

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the green... it turned out great!
Thanks for linking up this week- we'd love to have you anytime. :)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

This cabinet is so sweet. I love the vintage 1940's quality about it, now. It looked like it was always meant to be that height. Wonderful job!

Love the Decor! said...

Darling cabinet!!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

There's the green cabinet. It's awesome! I am loving all of your projects!

XOOX
jen

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Kami @ Everyday Heaven said...

Adorable!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Great job, it looks great!

Kristen said...

What a transformation! It was a great idea to cut down the legs. It turned out beautifully.

Lynda @ Uber Savvy Buzzword said...

This is so, so, so, so much better! I love it now- the color and the legs.Well done- a piece to cherish! Lynda

11 Cleveland Place said...

So pretty! What color green is this?