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19 July 2012

Cupboard Restyled

I'd been thinking for awhile that our porch could use some storage space, and because pretty furniture is so darn expensive, I thought I'd attempt what I hear so many others have done: score a solid but ugly piece of furniture at a thrift store and then pretty it up with a little paint. I even went to a few thrift stores in this quest, without finding anything suitable.

And then I remembered that I live in a 100+ year old farmhouse. With significant quantities of "antique" furniture hidden in nooks and crannies of the basement and surrounding buildings. I went in the basement, and lo and behold, I had 4--count them--4 cupboards to choose from! Now, before you judge me for not knowing what things are in the basement of my own house, let me tell you--my basement is the scariest thing I've ever seen. It's made of rocks and cement and spiders. I never go there. Angel does, every day, to empty the dehumidifier, but most of the time you couldn't pay me to go down there.

But I descended to the depths, and came back with the requisite ugly cupboard. Exhibit A:


And then this setting--a lonely, dilapidated, completely random piece of furniture inexplicably placed in natural surroundings reminded me of art photography.

So here's my mockery of photo art.

Back to subject. I used spray paint, for the first time in my life, although now I wish I would have stuck to regular paint and a paint brush. When I took the painter's tape off of the turquoise on the outside, pieces of the turquoise paint came off too, revealing the yellow paint underneath. First I was despondent, and then I decided that I'd meant for it to have that roughened look all along, so I went with it. And, in case bright turquoise wasn't gaudy enough, I used a paint pen to draw all over the cream panels with henna-inspired designs. I love the patterns and style of henna--Angel says when we get our own house, I can do one whole wall as an accent wall, covered in henna-type designs. I'm excited already!


What I'm most proud of is the inside, which is completely turquoise. It's an attack of beautiful brightness as soon as you open the door! I may, at some point, go back with a brush and fix the torn paint but for now I just decided to like it. But there you have it. The cupboard is still a piece of junk, but now it's a piece of junk that's pretty enough for me to allow on my porch.

9 comments :

  1. Love it!!! What an awesome find, you did a fabulous job!!

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  2. I totally want to go furniture scavenging in your basement.

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  3. I can't wait to put my shoes in there.

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  4. That is so cute! I love it!

    Also. You live in a 100+ year old farmhouse?

    I'm so jelly.

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  5. love the color! I'm excited to try my hand at converting old furniture into something suitable! thanks for the inspiration!!! love Katie

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  6. Your design has a strong modern graphic appeal!

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  7. I love it!! So creative and colorful. I am your newest follower from the linky party.

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  8. Cool design on the cupboard. Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. :) Have a nice day!

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  9. oh, that's awesome. And I'm still jealous that you have a book. That is like, my life dream!!! tee hee. No, seriosuly. It really is my life's dream. But I keep putting it off, because its SO MUCH work (and I'm scared) yikes!

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