It all started on Sunday…
For some reason Stew hates it when I say, “I’ve been thinking…”. I’m not entirely sure why. I mean, I usually do come up with some pretty awesome plans and that is the way I gently break them to him. You know, “Honey, I’ve been thinking…”, but I promise you my plans are always awesome and only require a little, teeny tiny, bit of work. And they usually turn out really well. So why does he cringe when I say that?
Last Sunday morning I had the brilliant idea of relocating our rather large French linen striped bookcases to the office and I think I started out by saying, “Honey, I’ve been thinking...” And I’ll give Stew credit because he was a trooper as we moved everything out of the office and into the foyer and dining room, and everything out of the bookcases and into the foyer and dining room… Where it sat for hours on end…
As we came to a halt…because the center section of the bookcase was too big for me to move. (Please note I did not say it was too heavy.) It was big and awkward and our little college neighbor came over and helped us many hours later. Thankfully!
We situated the bookcases with all of their belongings, but we still had clutter (and extra furniture) lingering all week. One extra office cabinet will be moved to the garage, but the other will sadly have to find a new home.
I have affectionately dubbed this little guy, “The Outhouse”. Apparently I’ve been watching too much Building Alaska, but that’s what this vintage garage cabinet reminds me of…a little outhouse.
I wanted to dress it up and make it all pretty for its next owners, so I painted it inside and out.
And guess what?
It just looked like a different color of an outhouse! I kid you not. Now it was a blue-green outhouse.
So I laid it down flat and used a large wall stencil to give it a little personality. I have to admit when it was laying flat on the floor, it looked like a coffin. BUT if you are interested in buying my little creepy-coffin-outhouse-cabinet, I want to assure you, it is the prettiest creepy-coffin-outhouse-cabinet around. So don’t let that turn you away from making it your very own creepy-coffin-outhouse-cabinet.
I finished stenciling and stood it back up and guess what?
It was actually really pretty this time!
The top was painted antique white, lightly distressed, and glazed.
The stencil was heavily sanded to give it an aged appearance. I glazed the entire thing and did a little distressing around the edges.
It’s screaming Vintage!!! from the rooftops now!
Check out this cool hinge…
And this worn handle…
And to finally add the icing to the cake, I painted and glazed the phone and the iPad charging station we had used to match the antique white top of the cabinet.
And then it became the organizational center to beat all other organizational centers!
Cell phones are in the desk organizer cubbies which have label holders for everyone’s convenience.
A silver tray holds keys so they are easy to find.
DSI’s and iPads are placed in the letter sorter while charging (the cords are normally threaded through the back of the cabinet, letter sorter, and desk organizer.)
A dictionary, thesaurus, and colored pencils are ready for homework time.
Construction paper is in a vintage tray with handles which makes it easier for the kids to carry it to the kitchen table to do crafts.
An assortment of skinny and fat markers are in a short, wide-mouthed 16 oz Ball jar. Again, it’s easy for the kids to grab it and go.
Crayons, glue sticks, and large pink erasers were placed in very small 4 oz Ball mason jars. Paint brushes, glitter sticks, and other crafting items are in large, wide mouthed Ball jars.
Sherwin Williams Drizzle (Similar to Annie Sloan’s Provence Blue)
Sherwin Williams Antique White (Similar to Annie Sloan’s Old White)
Rustoleum Java Brown Glaze
Hobby Lobby Jaipur Damask Wall/Floor Stencil
Adjustable Spray Adhesive (You don’t want to glue down your stencil forever!)
Miss Lillian’s Satin Poly
Wood Letter Sorter and Desk Organizer
The How To’s:
1. Sand, vacuum, degrease, and use a tack cloth to remove any remaining dust inside and out
2. Paint and let dry
3. Stencil and let dry
4. Lightly distress
5. Glaze and let dry (Rustoleum needs about 8 hours to dry.)
6. Poly coat for protection
*The same steps (1-6) apply to the letter sorter and desk organizer.
7. Drill holes in the back of the cabinet and in the back of the letter sorter and desk organizer so the electrical cords can be threaded through.
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