Country style, country love, country life. Sharing my inspired, vintage, rustic DIY designs and decor on my blog.
Can you believe we built this DIY Kitchen Pantry from some reclaimed kitchen cabinets and and old door…for less than $100!?!?
Here’s the how-we-did-it: Last weekend, my daughter and I (with a bit of help from Coach-he’s the table saw guy) installed a new pantry to house all of the appliances and glassware that just did not fit in the kitchen cabinets of their condo. So, for less than $100, what was once a back hall (leading out to the deck) is now a fully functional-and very sexy…if I do say so myself… pantry- with loads of storage. The before:
How did we do this for less than $100?!?! The pantry base was created from a fantastic Craigslist find-an old set of kitchen upper cabinets, with the shelves, that someone was GIVING AWAY FOR FREE! They were old, dark scratched and dented pine-beautiful!
Since the space is pretty tight (behind those louvered doors is their laundry room) we had searched for a furniture piece that was long and narrow without much luck. Until I spotted the posting for this piece: it was exactly the right size: 12″deep, 61″ long and 37″ high. Perfect! I flipped the base over so that the hardware was now at the top instead of the bottom and got to work painting. So, I sanded,
(because I thought they were going to be light gray, but then she decided that red would be fun). This area is an open passageway with full view from the kitchen, which has the same color scheme of white, gray and red, so it flows nicely. And then she asked if they could be stained red. Um, nope. Once you’ve primed there is no going back.
So I used two coats of Americana Chalky Paint called Romance (aw, how sweet),
Finished with Varathane Matte Poly for a slight sheen and protection.
For the base top, Coach and I visited a shop on the south shore of Boston called Rustored Salvage. Frank and Mike would have referred to this as a “honey-hole”- tons and tons of industrial salvage and interesting artifacts. This little guy must’ve been in old wood heaven!
and the pantry top with General Finishes Stain- mixing these two colors to even out the variations in the old wood planks, then finished with two coats of Varathane Satin Poly. Unlike the painted base, I wanted the stained wood to glow…
The shelving hardware brackets are Rubbermaid Brackets from Home Depot – they match the stainless appliances and hardware in the kitchen.
We had the chrome knobs on hand from a previous project-never used. We used the same hinges, just spray painted them silver to match the chrome knobs and shelving brackets. We’d gone shopping for something else but couldn’t find any that she liked. So, spray paint it is!
The installation was a bit tricky-this condo building was constructed at the turn of the century and has many quirks…one of which is slightly uneven floors and walls, another of which is off-center wall studs. So we had a little shimming and lifting to do to get everything level, but we secured the unit to the wall,
All of their beautiful glassware they had received for the shower and wedding gifts are now proudly on display, as well as several appliances that previously took up the precious little counter space they have in the kitchen. So what was once an open hallway with an oversized black cupboard blocking the light…and the deck door…
…is now a fully stocked pantry, ready for their next party…and the final tally was $92.00!! $67.75 for the brackets, $5.00 for the screw stud drywall anchors- these are super sturdy anchors-necessary if you are going to be hanging shelves to hold precious glassware! The base was FREE, the paints and supplies I already had on hand (what DIY’er doesn’t) except I purchased the additional red Americana Chalky Paint at Michaels for $5.00
Over the holidays, I was working on quite a few projects simultaneously, neglecting to take either before or after pics or even no pics-my bad. Which makes for not very good DIY instruction-giving. But, I have managed to piece together enough photos of a couple of chalkboards I created so I could share them with you. Both of these chalkboards were originally vintage doors-the cupboards long gone, but the doors rescued for another purpose. One was very old pine
that I painted and one was a beautiful cherry that I revived with stain and poly. The centers of both doors were painted with Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint (my personal favorite),
then the hardware was added. In both cases, I used cup pulls, attached upside down, to create chalk holders (because what’s a chalkboard without some handy chalk?!). After much trial and error and incorrect measuring, I discovered that the simplest way to mark the drill holes for the handles is…paint. Place a tiny dab of paint on the edges of the posts…
Awhile ago, Coach and I had been fortunate enough to find a bunch of old metal “stuff” at a yard sale- clamps and bolts and covers and registers and what not- which I have been using as needed for building and creating. When I first spotted this metal Country emblem,
it immediately brought back memories of all of us kids in the back of our Ford Country Squire station wagon (no seat belts or car seats back then, folks, just pile in and off you went!)
So I saved it until I could find just the right piece to use it on…and this is it! An old country pine door that was painted with a few coats of greens and blues and then waxed. (Sorry, I have no clue what colors these are- I just kept adding colors and sanding and then adding more colors til I got the desired effect.)
Once dried, I drilled a couple of holes at the top of my old door and tapped the “country” emblem into place.
Of course, both of these pieces were intended for our shop in the Barn at Todd Farm, but I just couldn’t part with my Country Door Chalkboard. It now hangs proudly in our family room…for the holidays I used some children’s coloring page graphics for my message. This is so simple…reverse chalking for perfect chalkboard graphics! Print out your graphic on any paper,
Tape it into place on the chalkboard, then use a pencil and lightly trace the lettering (try not to press down with your whole hand, as any pressure on the chalk outside the lines will result in lots of smudginess.
A gentle reminder to keep working towards my goals, not just keep thinking about them. So my goal for 2016 is to remember to take photos of my work to share, and my wish if for all of you to have a great weekend! Susan
This past holiday weekend was a whirlwind of celebrations with family, friends and lots of FOOD. TOO MUCH FOOD. After I had offered to make dishes for several get-togethers, I started checking around for some new and different recipes I could try (but they had to be tried and tested already- can’t take a chance to serve something awful…) For Christmas Eve (and day) dessert, I spotted this recipe for a Turtle Trifle
from I Dig Pinterest… all of the reviews said it was absolutely fabulous…so I figured I just couldn’t go wrong. Especially when it featured brownies, pecans, caramel, hot fudge and chocolate pudding. Well, it did not disappoint! Absolutely scrumptious. Very rich. Overloaded with calories, but who cares at Christmas?!?
Along with the dessert, I came across this recipe for Tater Tot Bacon Bombs from Damn Delicious,
PS: For the second batch I made for Christmas Day, I eliminated the cheese cube, as it really just melted away during the cooking process and didn’t seem to add anything extra to the flavor. Also, I cut my bacon slices in half, but then sliced them lengthwise- made it easier to wrap around the tot and secure tightly.
Next up: Christmas Morning Brunch. This Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole from Epicurious was amazing. (sorry, I don’t have a pic!)
It is egg-less, just using milk ( although it said not to, I used 2% milk and it was fine) and flour to create a roux, then adding cheese for flavor. I also tweaked this recipe a bit by adding some crumbled, left-over tater tots to the raw hash-brown potatoes and a 1/2 tsp of chili/garlic powder to give it a little extra kick. I used regular breakfast sausages that I cut out of the casings instead of the bulk sausage. And regular white onions instead of the green because that’s what I had on hand. You can do so many things with this dish, like adding spinach or broccoli, it’s just Delish!
Also for my Christmas Morning Brunch, my “foodie” co-worker gave me this recipe for Pillsbury Cinnamon French Toast Casserole.
Amazing. Simple to make and feeds a lot of folks! You can use any type of cinnamon roll in the can, but I found Pillsbury Cinnabon Rolls and they were fantastic!
And finally, for our annual work cookie swap, I created these peanut butter balls,
Decadent, delicious. But I did discover that one inch squares make really big balls, so next time I will definitely cut them smaller!So there you have it, a few of my new favorite recipes for you to try at your next celebration! And now it’s time to clean out the fridge and get ready for the new year of eating healthy! Have a tasty Tuesday, everyone! Hope you only get a dusting of snow…Susan
Good morning everyone! I hope you all had an incredible holiday…for us the past two days have been a whirlwind of family, food and so much fun! Even this little guy has gotten into the holiday spirit (this IS his happy face : )And we still have the weekend yet to party! But, in the meantime, I thought I would share my latest project with you, since it is so merry and bright : ) This was a Craigslist purchase that Coach picked up about a month ago. It sat on the porch, waiting for my broken foot to heal (UGH) until finally, I just went ahead and worked on it, boot and all,
- Sanded down the surfaces, buffing out the deep scratches on the lowest exposed shelf. Luckily for me, other than some scratches and dirt, this piece was in good shape. No mildewy or cigarette odors-that is the worst to try and remove!
- Painted with two coats of Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint- the most gorgeous color red. But, the funny thing about the color red is, no matter what brand you use, it still takes several coats to get a uniform color throughout the piece, especially when painting over a dark surface. In this case, I was planning to distress it anyway so it really didn’t matter that it wasn’t a super uniform finish. I sanded down the edges, then finished it with a coat of Varathane Matte Interior Polyurethane. I love this stuff- has essentially no odor, dries quickly and leaves a soft, slight sheen.
- For the backing, I just couldn’t leave that dark pine veneer, so I added some ship-lap pieces of rustic pine planking Coach dug out of the barn. I cut them to the right size, fitting them behind each shelf like a puzzle.
- I then stained them a with a General Finishes Country Pine stain for some added contrast.
- Dry-brushed them with a light coat of Americana Chalky Paint.
- I laid them all into place, then used Gorilla glue to secure them to the back wall. Once dried, I used my staple/ finish nail gun to secure them permanently without making any apparent nail holes.
- Of course, as I was lining up the planking, I created a few scratches on the already finished red cupboard.
- So I mixed some paint and poly together and re-applied to the scratched areas, blending into the already finished wood.
- I replaced the “colonial kitchen hardware” with a simple wood knob and some iron hinges and we’re done!
- AFTER: the Red Country Cupboard all decked out and ready for the holidays : )I hope you all had a magical holiday and that your new year will bring you much joy-I know we are all looking forward to 2016!! Have a great post-holiday weekend, everyone! Susan
Do you ever look at the thousands of Pinterest pages filled with pallet projects and think: “well, that looks fairly easy, I think I can make that”. No? Well, I have. All the time. I actually have one of those Pinterest pages: Pull Apart A Pallet, which I am continually adding to as new and innovative ideas pop up (170 pins and counting…). But I have yet to actually make anything. Why? Well, wood pallets are the perfect medium for creating rustic wood items for your home and garden-for FREE. But, the trick is to figure out: 1.Where to get them-for FREE 2.How to take them apart 3.How to transform the wood pieces into something else that is useful and attractive and 4.How to finish them so they actually look like a rustic pine piece and not like a pile of wood that you nailed together. So I was delighted when I recently received a copy of the book “Crafting With Wood Pallets” by Becky Lamb. (Published Sept, 2015 Ulysses Press)
It is the answer to a DIY’ers pallet prayer. Not only does it have the pretty pics of the projects, it also includes the nitty-gritty DIY details: everything from where to find them to what type of tools and equipment you will need , how to actually take them apart, all of the measurements and dimensions for each project and the final finishing touches. Loads of super cute projects to choose from as well, like this Catch-All Caddy with the leather strap handle.
…Becky instructs on the proper techniques for that as well. Loving this Entry Table/Wine Bar-it is simple and the perfect size for a narrow entryway or tuck behind a sofa while safely storing your glasses and bottles.
Just in time for the holidays (with not a moment to spare…) a porch star! As you can see in the photo, she includes all of the specs: supplies you will need, tools required and the skill level, plus the time it will take!
More than 25 complete project plans in all, with full instructions, cutting measurements and finishing techniques. So, I know you are wondering which project I have made?! Well, the truthful answer is none-YET. I have been sidelined for the past month with a few fractured bones in my foot. Yup. Suffice to say it is never a good idea to clean out and organize your basement workshop in your bare feet.
But, even though I haven’t yet created my first pallet masterpiece, I wanted to share this book with you because it would be the perfect gift for a DIY’er on your list. It is available on Amazon.com (with Prime, you can still get it shipped in time!) but also at Barnes and Noble. And I promise, once I am back in full-on DIY mode, a pallet bed for Bartlet
will be tops on my list, thanks to Becky Lamb and her book, Crafting with Wood Pallets! Have a great Friday everyone- one week & counting until you know who arrives! Susan