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.
The 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 : )
(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!)
Easily 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 : )
My finish paint choice? A lovely shade of creamy white called Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore in a matte finish.
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!
It 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.
Simple to cut, just measured it out, marked with a pencil and used scissors.
This 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.
According to the instructions, I waited 24 hours prior to painting, then I painted the entire piece with the Snowfall White.
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!
And this needs to be completed quickly, as Easter is fast approaching, so time is of the essence. Help! Susan
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.
View From The Bridge Color Capture
Whenever 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 Harbor Color Capture
Coronado Brick Walkway
Brick Walkway Color Capture
Green Grass Color Capture
Coronado Flower Gardens
Lavender Daisies Color Capture
Fresh From the Farm
Luscious Red Tomato Color Capture
Fresh From the Farm 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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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!
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…
Today, I took a walk around the neighborhood where we are staying in the historic Orange Heights District of Pasadena.
Quaint little bungalows and cacti line the streets,
and everywhere there are palm trees,
bright green grass
and beautiful flower gardens.
Makes me long for springtime to finally arrive in Boston.
This historic area has a Spanish influence that is reflected in the architecture, loving these steps and wrought iron gate.
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!
This is the view from the front porch where we are staying. Palm trees and grapefruits
and white picket fences.
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
Another 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.
And this is the now: an Anchors Away Rolling Cabinet!
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
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.
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!
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,
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!
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.
For the twisted rope, I cut the pattern from the HomeGoods bag (it has two sides : )
and taped that to the cabinet.
Outlined with chalk, then took a small, tapered sponge piece
and followed along the lines, dabbing with the white paint to create the rope effect.
The great part about using chalk is that once the paint is dried, the chalk just wipes away with a damp sponge.
For the top, I used some light balsa wood pieces that I affixed with glue.
I wanted that beachy, weathered appearance, so I added some blues mixed with water just to give it an aged effect.
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.
With the glaze, you just paint it on, then wipe off what you don’t want
The original handles were 1950’s chrome, which would have been perfectly fine.
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.
Added some nautical roping to create the handles. Plus, it mimics the roping in the stenciled design. Perfect!
A bit of DIY FYI: when you are cutting twisted rope, tape the end before you cut, otherwise it will untwist!
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!
Then I added a Martha Stewart Gloss finish just to waterproof the paper.
This cabinet is plenty big enough to hold cups, plates and glasses and an ice bucket for the porch.
The finished cabinet is perfect on our Nautical Summer porch, right at home with our white wicker seating and the Whale Coffee Table!
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