Monday, January 18, 2010

Putting Painting on Pause

‘Twas the week before finals,
when all through the house,
our boys needed to study
And I said to my spouse,
“I’m not sure I’ll make it through the whole week.
Before finals are over I may need to “Shriek!”

(my apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, author of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for the misuse of his poem! )

This past week we've been busy finishing up the semester's coursework and now semester finals are this coming week. So, studying, studying, studying is what we will be doing for the next couple of days....and after Thursday, we can take a break! And then, I hope to pick up a paint brush and do something creative.

Speaking of not having time to pick up a paint brush.....A few months ago, I found a very "rustic" cabinet for $8 at a thrift store. I thought it would look great in the bathroom over the "commode"! So, I bought it and left it in the back of my car. I knew it was there every time I turned a corner, lol!, but I didn't bring it into the house, because I just didn't have time to paint it. So over our Christmas break, I decided I'd give it a coat (or two) of I was getting tired of hearing it slide from side to side in the back of the car!

The cabinet is sanded and the doors and hardware are removed.

The doors....I also took off the mesh on the doors to paint them.

I painted an aqua blue color as the base, and then added darker green "smudges" all over it.
My family was questioning my color choice at this point. ....but I had a plan!!

Awwww, after a good sanding, the buttery cream color is applied. I painted two coats of this color, then sanded heavily. I wanted the aqua color to come through in places. Then I applied a burnt umber oil all over it to give it an antiqued finish. After that was dry, I applied some wax to seal it.

New hardware was added and now it is in it's new spot in the bathroom. (sorry the bathroom doesn't have any windows, so the lighting it not great for picture taking.) There is just enough aqua coming through the distressed edges of the cabinet to give it a "cottage-y, aged" look.

A closer photo of the distressing around the door handles. Now I need to decide what to put in it!


OldeTimeDolls said...

A wonderful find and a wonderful re-creation! So rewarding too when a plan works right?

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Love the colour choice, brings a touch of Spring into the room.

bayrayschild said...

I love a good find and what a beautiful transformation!

Great Job!

Best of luck on those finals too!


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Lovely! $8 well-spent!!


Old Road Primitives said...

How cute is that? How are you doing? Strange Winter here in Idaho, don't you think? We went up to Cascade yesterday and they don't hardly have any snow compared to usual! Take Care, Kim

Manuela@TPOH said...

Hi Suzanne!

I love that cabinet! What a really good piece for $8! I also love the paint treatment that you did on it - it looks beautiful.


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Your cabinet looks great! Beautiful color choice. Now just hide in there when the studying gets too intense.:) xoxo Lidy

Dame Judi said...

You amaze me! Your color choice is great but would never have thought of that combination.

Looks stunning.

......Thimblefolk.......Barb McNamara said...

Looks great, I'm glad I'm not the only one who leaves things in her car to avoid a doing a project.


Julia said...

Like it! Looks great!

Ruth Welter said...

suzanne, good luck to boy your boys with their final exams.

Your cabinet looks wonderful...I love the before and after photos. I must confess that I have not painted much at all this week myself...other things seem to have stepped in but there is always next week I suppose. : )


Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

Suzanne, your cabinet project is gorgeous! I know what you mean about hearing things slide around in your car. I have some things I bought at a junk store doing that very thing. Today, while my husband and I were in town (in my car), he decided we should go by the co-op to pick up horse feed. I didn't mention a thing about the trunk ~ but I heard him muttering something about it when he opened it for the guy to load the feed, lol!

Cassie Shella said...

Love your cupboard! What a great find and you did a beautiful job on it. I'll admit, I don't think I would have had the patience to do all those coats of paint.