Sunday, May 2, 2010

You want a GREY cabinet?!?!?

All right Mom, time to show you another project that I have done. This is a small buffet that I have painted in preparation for this to become the sink cabinet for our downstairs bathroom. It is looking much better than when I started!

OK, so here are a few pics of where we started. I found this small buffet in the barn across the street. I DID ask permission to have it before I just took it. Actually, I asked if I could buy it for $20, but John said I could just have it. So yippee! free cabinet!!! Anyway, you can see it was in pretty rough shape, but it wasn't wobbly or anything, just some of the veneer was coming off, some of the decorative parts chipped off, and REALLY dirty. Sounds perfect to me!

I thought I had taken some pictures in the middle of the process, but now I can't seem to find them. Anyway, I began with a coat of primer. Rachel and Elisabeth couldn't believe that I wouldn't leave it white. They were incredulous that I would really want to paint this cabinet grey. I just figured that at their ages of 10 and 9, they really didn't know yet what was good style, and stuck with the grey. So, this picture is of the cabinet painted with the grey paint. I put the grey paint on it after the kids went to bed, and when Elisabeth woke up the next morning and saw the cabinet, she decided the grey wasn't so bad after all. But I wasn't finished yet! I still wanted to antique it and give it several really good coats of polycrylic to protect it from the water when it becomes a sink cabinet.

So, this is how it turned out. The trash can in the background is so lovely. (sigh) I still need to get knobs for it, but that will have to wait until I pick them out. Well, Elisabeth decided it was OK with the antiquing, but it made it look OLD, and she wasn't sure why I would want that! She preferred the solid grey, but it's mama's cabinet, so it is antiqued.

Here are a few close-up pictures, so you can see the pretty details of the cabinet. Some people might not like the imperfections in this cabinet, but those tend to be my favorite parts, especially the one above with the chipped decorative molding and the rough wood on the side of it.

So this my cabinet!

Here is a fun picture of the kids from this week:

The kids were playing in the sandbox while I was reading to them for school, and they made a mound of sand and then picked tons of dandelions and stuck them into the sand, making a lovely yellow mountain. Really, when you get that many dandelions right next to each other, it is truly a brilliant, golden yellow. What a lovely color God has made! I love times like these when the kids are all playing together so happily, and to enjoy a good story - The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom - makes it all the better! I should have gotten a picture of Annesley laying on the blanket beside me while I was reading - maybe I will think of that next time.

This was a picture from Charis's birthday - she got a bike! Thought you'd really appreciate that, Mom.

Brotherly love!

What a cutie pie! Makes me smile. =-)

I am linking this post to the blog Beneath My Heart, if I can figure out how to do it. ;-)

I am also linking this post to Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.

I am also linking this to Frugal & Fabulous:



  1. Okay, I love, love, love your gray cabinet - great job! And I am so happy to have found your site through Beneath My Heart - I am joining right now.

    Blessings Sister!

  2. Thanks so much for your kind comment! You are my first non-family follower, and I really feel quite awed and humbled, so thank you!

  3. Your cabinet looks great! And you can't beat FREE! Saw you at Metamorphosis Monday.

  4. No Way!!! It looks unbelievably good! Great job!

  5. I absolutely love the grey - and especially on an old vintage piece like this one. Great job!

  6. Oh wow! I adore this project. What a wonderful metamorphosis.

    Please stop by and see my project. It only took 23 years to complete.

  7. This cabinet is so beautiful...I love the details - so graceful looking.

    I'm hosting my first blog party this Friday - I would love it if you would link up this project.

  8. WOW! You've done a great job! You know the ironic thing...I scored a piece almost just like this for free too! I think the doors on mine are just a tad different. I've yet to start working on it though. I'm hoping to do that soon. You'll definitely have to come take a look at my before and after too.

  9. That cabinet is absolutely gorgeous and will be perfect for a bathroom sink! I love the gray color too. Thanks for linking up to my party!