Coach and I recently purchased this country-style cupboard at auction for…wait for it…$10!!! It was pretty grimy and the front doors were missing, but I just fell in love with the detail in the top trim and base.

Country Cupboard Before PaintingThe color was a faded and chipped greenish-mustardy yellow with some sort of stenciling on it. So not country pretty, so time for a makeover. First step, clean it up! Second step, I had to remove the middle piece of wood where the now-MIA doors would have normally closed and latched. (If anyone knows what that piece is actually called, let me know : )

Country Cupboard Middle trim pieceIt was easy to pop out with a tap of a hammer, but there was a wood spindle at the base that needed removing, since I wasn’t planning on replacing the doors.

Removing Spindle from Door(This is the point when Bartlet the Frenchie was exiled into the hall closet, as he was none too pleased with the noise of the saw and kept trying to attack it!)

Bartlet the French BulldogEasily done with a small saw, then I patched up the holes and was good to go. The first coat, my go-to primer, Glidden Gripper. It covers lots of sins : )

Glidden Gripper PrimerAmazing how one coat of primer can change the entire look of a piece! See how the detail pops with the clean, white paint!?

Country Cupboard Primed DetailMy finish paint choice? A lovely shade of creamy white called Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore in a matte finish.

Benjamin Moore Snowfall White

If Linen White and White Dove were married and had painty children, this is the color they would be. Before I applied the top coat, I decided I wanted to add some sort of trim or wainscoting to the back panels to give the cupboard a bit more interest. I went searching through Lowes (well, first I scoured the basement workshop and the barn but came up empty handed there), where I perused all sorts of wood, metal and vinyl options. I wanted something simple and lightweight to install that would give a nice finished look. At Lowes I discovered this roll of faux paintable, pre-pasted wallpaper wainscoting by Allen & Roth. Score!

Allen & Roth Paintable Wallpaper WainscotingIt looks like a regular roll of paper, but It had the feel of foam, so it is very lightweight and easy to cut with scissors. No dragging out my saw and sanding down edges, then gluing and nailing in place. Just measure, cut, dip and paste. Perfect.

Measuring Faux Wainscoting

Simple to cut, just measured it out, marked with a pencil and used scissors.

Faux Wainscoting Measure and CutDipped it in a warm bath in the sink for 30 seconds, then removed it and allowed it to sit for 3 minutes to allow the glue to really gel up.

Dipping Wallpaper in Warm BathThis is some seriously sticky and gluey glue! The panels went on so easily over the primed surface, and since I had already premeasured and cut, no additional trimming was necessary. I just placed the paper into position and used a damp sponge to wipe it down and remove any excess glue.

Wiping Faux Wainscoting with damp spongeAccording to the instructions, I waited 24 hours prior to painting, then I painted the entire piece with the Snowfall White.

Painting Faux WainscotingAnd folks, this really does look like raised wood wainscoting!

Faux Wainscoting PrimedThis painted piece is so much better, BUT, I am not finished.

Country Cupboard Painted

I need to decide on an accent glazing color, and I am open for suggestions. Red, lavender, gray, blue, brown, what color would you choose to enhance the beautiful trim and the wainscoting without changing the overall feel of the cupboard? I am loving the white, but it needs just a touch of something!

Country Cupboard Trim Detail

And this needs to be completed quickly, as Easter is fast approaching, so time is of the essence. Help! Susan

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This past weekend I spent a little R & R in California to recharge my blogging soul and warm my freezing bones. Mission accomplished. Sharing just a few sights and sounds of colorful Coronado, a resort city that sits across the bay from San Diego, connected by the spectacular San Diego/Coronado Bridge.

Coronado Bridge ViewView From The Bridge Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Bridge ViewWhenever I go walking to explore my surroundings, I always have my iPhone at the ready to take photos. And, with my Benjamin Moore Color Capture App, I can replicate those exact colors of nature in paint-to add a touch of sunny California to my home! Hmmm, I wonder if they have an EARTHQUAKE app?!?

San Diego Harbor-A View From Coronado

San Diego View From Coronado

San Diego Harbor Color Capture

Colorful Coronado San Diego Skyline

Coronado Brick Walkway

Brick Walkway Coronado

Brick Walkway Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Brick WalkwayPurple Flower Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Lavender Floral WalkwayGreen Grass and White Picket Fences

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Green Grass Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Green Grass

Coronado Flower Gardens

Malibu Beach Photo

Lavender Daisies Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Daisies

 

Fresh From the Farm

Famer's Market Produce

Luscious Red Tomato Color Capture

Red Tomato Color Capture

Boney’s Bayside Farmer’s Market

Boneys Farmers Market

Fresh From the Farm Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Farmers MarketCoronado Bicycle Weathervane

Bicycle Windmill CoronadoWeathervane Color Capture

Weathervane Color Capture

If you haven’t downloaded the Color Capture App to your smartphone, do it now! You will be amazed at all of the colors available in each picture frame that you can’t see with the naked eye. Have a spring-in-your-step kind of Thursday, everyone!! Warmer temps will be here soon… maybe. Susan

 

 

 

 

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So, I’m back from Cali and happy to share this fabulous giveaway hosted by So Simply Stephanie and 4 other bloggers, including me, Country Design Home!  I know, this typically isn’t my type of blog post, but I thought, who wouldn’t want to win a Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablet-perfect for blogging on the go!!  So here’s the info:Title Poster Galaxy 3

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Since the winter has been so reluctant to release its icy clutches in the Northeast, I figured a little R & R in sunshiny California might boost my spirits and get my creative juices flowing again! Luckily we have relatives living up and down the California coastline, so first stop, Pasadena!

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Not quite as warm as I had hoped, but by Boston standards, a relative heat wave!! Yesterday we took a drive down to Malibu to catch the Pacific Ocean-breathtaking…

Malibu Beach Pacific Ocean

Today, I took a walk around the neighborhood where we are staying in the historic Orange Heights District of Pasadena.

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Quaint little bungalows and cacti line the streets,

Pasadena Welcome Sign

and everywhere there are palm trees,

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bright green grass

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and beautiful flower gardens.

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Makes me long for springtime to finally arrive in Boston.

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This historic area has a Spanish influence that is reflected in the architecture, loving these steps and wrought iron gate.

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Nearing my walk’s end, I spotted this box, which I initially thought to be a bird house. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a little neighborhood free lending library!

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This is the view from the front porch where we are staying. Palm trees and grapefruits

Grapefruit Trees

and white picket fences.

Pasadena Porch Yard

Sweet. Tomorrow its onto San Diego! And don’t worry, Coach is at home digging up new treasures for me to DIY once we get back home. Hope things are warming up on the east coast!! But for now, haste la vista, baby!! Susan

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summer porch nautical themeAnother DIY project for the summer porch (if it ever gets above freezing around here so we can actually use the porch). This is the before, one of those old tin wall cabinets that someone had painted an awful shade of mustard neon yellow.

Nautical Cabinet Mustard Yellow Before

And this is the now: an Anchors Away Rolling Cabinet!

Nautical Cabinet Side view Stripes

A pretty dramatic transformation, yes? Here is the how-I-did-it:

1. Attached wheels to the base of the cabinet so it can roll easily

Nautical Cabinet Wheels

2. Painted with Glidden Gripper primer. This stuff works on wood or metal. Painted a coat of Benjamin Moore Snowfall white over the primer.

Antique Table Gripper Primer

3. For the sides, I decided to add a nautical stripe effect, so I taped the 2″ stripes over the white and painted with a custom (by me!) deep blue.

Nautical Cabinet Taping Stripes

Nautical Cabinet Blue Striping on Sides

4. For the front doors, I painted two layers of blue paint, a solid base and then a dry-brushed topcoat to create more depth of color.

5. For the anchor stencil. I needed to look no further than my HomeGoods shopping bag!

Nautical Cabinet Anchor Stencil Home Goods Bag

I buy these all the time, and for 99 cents they can’t be beat. I usually use them for toting stuff around, but since the anchor was the perfect size, I figured why not? I’ve got plenty more where those came from! So I used the cut-out anchor for the stencil, affixing it to the cabinet with some temporary craft adhesive,

Nautical Cabinet Spray Adhesive for Stencilthen sponging paint on with a regular sponge.

Nautical Cabinet Stencil Removed

The roping I created from my PicMonkey Photo Editor. This anchor design is very similar to the one I used, so I’m sharing that in case you would like to create one of these too!

Nautical Anchor and Roping Design6. I printed the design on regular printer paper, then affixed a sheet of freezer paper to it with some spray adhesive, just to give it more strength. Cut out the stencil with an exacto knife.

Nautical Cabinet Cutting Stencil

7. Affixed the stencil to the cabinet with painter’s tape, dabbed the white with a piece of sponge until the white was deep against the dark blue.

Nautical Cabinet Completed Anchor and Rope Stencil

For the twisted rope, I cut the pattern from the HomeGoods bag (it has two sides : )

Nautical Cabinet Cutting Rope Pattern

and taped that to the cabinet.

Nautical Cabinet Taping Rope Pattern

Nautical Cabinet Chalk Outline Roping

Outlined with chalk, then took a small, tapered sponge piece

Nautical Cabinet Trimmed Sponge

and followed along the lines, dabbing with the white paint to create the rope effect.

Nautical Cabinet Sponging between lines

The great part about using chalk is that once the paint is dried, the chalk just wipes away with a damp sponge.

Nautical Cabinet Rope Completed

For the top, I used some light balsa wood pieces that I affixed with glue.

Nautical Cabinet Balsa for top

I wanted that beachy, weathered appearance, so I added some blues mixed with water just to give it an aged effect.

Nautical Cabinet Swirled Paint and Water

Nautical Cabinet Glazing Supplies for Top

Then I glazed the top with a mixture of Martha Stewart Glaze and 2 paints, one white, one metallic silver to create that aged, driftwoody look I was going for.

Nautical Cabinet Weathered Top

With the glaze, you just paint it on, then wipe off what you don’t want

Nautical Cabinet Wiping Glaze off Top

The original handles were 1950’s chrome, which would have been perfectly fine.

Nautical Cabinet Chrome Handles

Instead, I used some brass grommets, one in each hole. I had do do a bit of drilling to make the holes larger, and then glued them into place.

Nautical Cabinet Grommets in Place Added some nautical roping to create the handles. Plus, it mimics the roping in the stenciled design. Perfect!

Nautical Cabinet Rope Handles in place

A bit of DIY FYI: when you are cutting twisted rope, tape the end before you cut, otherwise it will untwist!

Nautical Cabinet Cutting Rope Taped Ends

For the inside, I just painted it to match, then decopaged the shelves with some pretty blue tile paper I picked up at Michaels-4 for $1!

Nautical Cabinet DecPage and paper

Then I added a Martha Stewart Gloss finish just to waterproof the paper.

Nautical Cabinet Martha Stewart Gloss Finish

This cabinet is plenty big enough to hold cups, plates and glasses and an ice bucket for the porch.

Nautical Cabinet Interior Storage

The finished cabinet is perfect on our Nautical Summer porch, right at home with our white wicker seating and the Whale Coffee Table!

summer porch nautical theme

And. perhaps someday soon, we will be able to sit out on the porch and enjoy some much-anticipated warm weather! But for now, I hope you enjoyed my DIY Anchors Away Cabinet Project! Have a warm Wednesday, everyone! I know I will because I am headed to sunny California!!!  Susan

 

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