The Yellow Cabinet Makeover




I'm happy to be sharing this project with you today!  

Last year a neighbor offered to give me a cabinet she had sitting in her garage collecting dust.  Of course I said, "Yes!" and then the cabinet sat waiting in the garage for me to get around to making it pretty.  

I don't do much work in the winter, because it gets cold here in Illinois in the winter.  I work in my garage and it's not heated (hopefully some day it will be!).  We've had a nice stretch of weather lately so I figured it was time to attempt a makeover on this yellow cabinet.   I'm calling it a yellow cabinet, but it's a dresser with doors and drawers on the inside on top and two drawers on the bottom.  

Here's some pictures of what the cabinet looked like before.  





You can see in this picture, there a lot of paint drips and LOTS of layers of paint underneath.  It was structurally sound, which was a huge bonus, but it was going to take a lot of work to get it looking pretty again.  

The first thing I did was use Citristrip and strip all the layers of paint off the top of the cabinet.  I chose to only strip the top down, otherwise I would have been working on this cabinet for weeks.   I stripped off 7 layers of different colored paint before I reached the beautiful wood top!  

I sanded down the rest of the cabinet to remove the drip marks and other blemishes.  I soon learned I would need to embrace the imperfections rather than attempt to fix them.   

Here's how it looked with the stop stripped, sanded and stained.





I added a coat of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Old White.  I painted Just a light, quick coat, to try and neutralize all the different colors a bit.  There was avocado green, white, black mustard yellow, another shade of green...you get the point!  

After the coat of Old White dried, I used one of my favorite Annie Sloan blue Chalk Paint™ colors, Aubusson Blue.  I painted the cabinet with two coats of Aubusson Blue then let it dry a few hours.  I came back in and waxed with Annie Sloan clear wax.  Then went to work with my orbital sander.  

There were so many imperfections in the many coats of paint, that I had to live with them and let a few show through.  I sanded and sanded, added a bit more Aubusson Blue, then waxed again until I finally had the look I was hoping for.  

I sealed the top with dark wax, added new crystal drawer knobs from Hobby Lobby and I was done.  

Here's how the once ugly yellow cabinet looks now!
























For now, this cabinet is staying in my house.  I'm trying to find a place for it somewhere in my house because I'm not ready to part with her yet!  


Thank you for reading and take care!



Restoration Hardware Inspired Desk

DISCLAIMER:  I received free product for this project.  However, if I don't love a product, I won't recommend it to my readers.




I'm so excited to share this project with you today!  Why am I so excited you ask?  I got to try a new brand of paint paint!  If you've been following along here for awhile, you know I've tried a lot of different chalky finish paints.  WELL, I used a new-to-me brand of chalky finish paint called Dixie Belle Paint Company and I am in love!   

One of the many reasons I liked this paint was the cost.  The price is a bit lower than some of the other chalky finish paints on the market today.  I get a lot of emails from readers asking for lower cost options, so I'm always on the lookout for a great paint at a lower cost.   

All the Dixie Belle paints have zero VOC and clean up is quick and easy with a bit of soap and water.  It can be used on almost on any surface with little, to no preparation.  Although, no matter the paint, I always recommend starting with a clean, dry surface.  Also, I recommend scuffing up any shiny surfaces with sandpaper to give the paint extra grip.  

Dixie Belle Paint Company, completely spoiled me and sent me lots of fun products to try!  



My Passion For Decor: The Dining Room Tour


Two plus years ago we left Connecticut and moved to Illinois for the hubby's job.  We had one day to find a house (long story and no fun).  Despite low inventory, we were lucky enough to find a house we liked, in a good school district.  

Ever since moving in, I've been slowly going from room to room, making this house our home.  I recently finished the dining room, which is funny since it's a room we never use!!  It was necessary to redo the dining room.  The dining room is the first room anyone sees when entering the house from the front door.  We have an open concept main floor and the entryway is right off the dining room.  This means, even if we never use the dining room, it needs to be inviting and look like we actually do use the room.  

From Beat Up to Beautiful: Empire Dresser Makeover



Hello!!  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  It's been extremely hot here in Chicagoland with intense humidity.  I didn't let extreme heat warnings stop me from working on this little beauty.  It probably wasn't one of the smartest things I've ever done, but I was determined to get this dresser finished!!

Three years ago, a friend of mine sent me a text with a picture of an in-need-of-love empire dresser at a local thrift store.  It was a decent price and I absolutely LOVE empire dressers!  I jumped in my SUV and drove to the thrift store to make sure someone else got it first.  In my excitement, I didn't see all the many imperfections.  I have a way of seeing what something can be instead of what it is in it's current state.  Sometimes that works and other times, not so much.


Antibes Green Cabinet Makeover: Green is Beautiful!




Hello!  Summer is finally here in Illinois!  I'm a summer girl and I feel my best when I'm outside working on furniture, listening to the birds chirp and kids playing.  Since the weather has been nice,  I've been busy working on a few fun pieces to share with you.  

First up is this Asian inspired cabinet I turned into an Antibes Green beauty!

Let's Travel! Kid's Craft Table


In case you don't already know, I LOVE globes and maps.  I've always loved traveling and my list of places I want to visit is constantly growing.  Maps and globes inspire me, the colors and the endless possibilities of places to explore.  One of my favorite quotes is, "Oh darling, let's be adventurers."  I tell the hubby all the time, I want to sell everything we own and travel.  We could home school Hunter and live a simpler life, while traveling the world.  Great idea, right?!!  Well, obviously this idea wasn't taken seriously by the hubby because we're still here and not off traveling the world being adventurers!  

Beat Up Wood Trunk Turned Fun and Playful





Hello!!  I hope you're all having a wonderful week.  

The last few weeks have been crazy around here.  I had a big garage sale (I didn't remember them being so much work!), I found my birth father and I've been trying to heal a painful problem I'm having in my back and side.  

I figured since I was trying to take it easy, I'd write a quick post about a beat up wood trunk I transformed into an adorable and playful beauty!