First things first, congrats to Jennefer! I drew her name as the winner of the red, white and blue giveaway from last Friday.
Now, on with the final post for this week. I have to admit, sometimes I make choices that aren’t financially savvy. I can get away with it because I’m just doing this as a hobby. But if I was really trying to make a profit, or run a business, I’d be in trouble. I know lots of you out there are working hard to do that and you probably just shake your head when I share projects like the one I’m sharing today.
But sometimes I just have to save a piece, even though I know I’m going to invest more time and money than it might be worth. Maybe I should think of it in terms of emotional value rather than financial value, because I found the end result of today’s project really satisfying.
OK, so let’s start at the beginning. I saw an ad on Facebook Marketplace for a pair of really beat up old chairs that would make perfect planter chairs so I made arrangements to go see them.
I seriously should have just walked away after looking at the chairs. They were in really awful shape, they were filthy dirty and they were totally overpriced at $10 each. Seriously, even if they had been free at the curb I think most sensible people would have passed them by. At a minimum I should have bargained on the price.
But the sellers were super nice, and we got to chatting, and we’d come all that way (OK, well, really just to the next town over), so I bought them. At that point the sellers must have seen ‘sucker’ written on my forehead, because the gentleman said ‘hey, I have some more old stuff you might be interested in, like this old cabinet …’
And after a bit of searching, he pulled this out of the pole barn.
As if the outside wasn’t grungy enough, just check out the inside …
Ewwwww. Good grief, why would I take this on? But there was just something about it that appealed to me.
The initial asking price was $20, but this time I at least had enough sense to bargain a bit. I paid $15 which was still a bit high considering the condition.
That being said, I’m sure
most some of you will agree that it definitely had potential.
So I brought it home, and washed it up using my Dawn Powerwash and the hose.
Next, I painted the inside using Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road …
I used Dixie Belle’s flat clear coat over the Gravel Road. The dark grey is the perfect backdrop for a few pieces of ironstone.
I would have liked to salvage the original chippy paint finish on the outside of the cabinet, but it was just too grungy looking. So instead I chose to use milk paint to refresh it without completely covering the entire piece. I used Sweet Pickins milk paint in a color called Window Pane, a white with a grey undertone.
When I’m working on a piece like this, and I want it to retain its chippy, worn look, I try to be selective with my application of paint. I avoid painting areas where the paint is totally chipped away …
I do end up allowing some of the original color to show (the cream colored areas), but overall the piece looks less dirty and more simply chippy and worn.
So, let’s talk about that transfer. This is another section of the IOD Label Ephemera transfer that I used on yesterday’s card box. Well, technically it’s two sections that I pieced together to fit on this cabinet.
Now, I think we all know that I don’t speak or read French. So for all I know the wording on this makes absolutely no sense. But it looks cool, and that works for me.
I also added a transfer to the inside of the door.
That is pieced together from the re.design with prima Ephemera Collector transfer.
This cabinet is meant to be hung on a wall. If it’s just sitting on a table top it has a tendency to tip forward when the door is opened, so it has to be anchored in place somehow.
But I think it would be perfect for hanging on the wall in a bathroom.
Of course, you probably wouldn’t fill it with ironstone in that case. Or maybe you would. Who am I to judge?
For now I haven’t decided on the fate of this cabinet. I kind of love it. I’ll be carrying it around my house today trying to find a wall to hang it on. I’m not sure if I can bear to part with this one. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out whether or not I found a spot for it. In the meantime, have a great weekend!