Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cabinet re-vamp

I am always in need of more storage space. So why have a side table when you can have a side cabinet that can be stuffed full of fabric?

I found this cabinet on Craigslist, where it was rather optimistically described as "shabby chic." It was certainly shabby. And I'm not even showing you the hideous black stain defacing the top of it.

cabinet, before
{cabinet, before}

We (and by we, I mostly mean D, who kindly took over this project for me) washed it up, primed it and then painted it a warm grey.

new cabinet
{cabinet, painted}

To make it a little more fun, we painted the inside of the drawers bright green.

new cabinet drawer
{green, revealed}

It fits in perfectly.

new cabinet

And it's already stuffed full.

45 comments:

  1. I love it! Could you tell me the paint you used? I am wanting that exact look for a hutch I am about to redo. Thanks!

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  2. You have a good eye and D has a good hand- fabulous job from both of you.

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  3. I'm in the middle of a similar project on a french vanity. Nice work! This is motivation to finish up!

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  4. what a fabulous project and that bright green inside is so fun and unexpected!

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  5. What a cool revamped piece! That gray is the perfect tone, and I'm crazy for the green surprise on the inside. I've a bench a neighbor gave to me -- a bit "shabby chi" itself -- and I need to get to work on it today. Thanks for the inspiration, Rachel.

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  6. LOVE! I have been on a gray kick lately, fantasizing about all the items in my house I could paint.

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  7. Ah! I just adore you and your super cute projects. *Sigh*

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  8. oh...this is amazing. the best part is the unexpected green drawer! too bad its stuffed full. XO

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  9. that hardware is to die for, and i love that velvety gray - well done!

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  10. love it!! and especially love that you painted the hardware as well - very classy! :)

    also, your blog looks great! i've just recently begun following it, and am quickly becoming obsessed with homemade headbands. thanks so much for the inspiration (and GREAT photos)!!!

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  11. So cute and functional, and I love your blue walls!

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  12. Holy cow, that's so lovely :) You + your amazing finds, like your garden-holder! Great job (and to D)!

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  13. such a cute revamp - I love the bright green inside and from everything I read, gray is the "hotness" this fall.

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  14. This is really neat! I love taking old pieces and freshening them up! I just bought a cute little table to put by my bed, but I am thinking it needs a fresh coat of paint first.

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  15. O I love the inside green drawers!

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  16. You are so awesome! That looks great. I wish I had those chops.

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  17. I love, love, love it! Gorgeous job!

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  18. It's darling! I love the gray. And the green!

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  19. Love that you painted the inside of the drawers bright green - fantastic!

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  20. i love it! what an amazing makeover for this "shabby chic" craigslist find! way to go!

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  21. What a gorgeous find, and even more gorgeous re-do!

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  22. great upcycling project! it had good "bones," but you've got good instincts.

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  23. I really like the little surprise of the green inside. It's lovely, great job!

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  24. I'm always impressed by these projects you do... I am always looking for inspirations like this!!

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  25. I love that you painted the inside of the drawers green!

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  26. That is just fabulous! I love DIY projects like this - so inspiring. Very beautiful indeed!

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  27. wow, love that pop of green!

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  28. hullo, kindred spirit... planner of dessert buffets, refinisher of furniture, collector of vintage glass.

    found you via project wedding, as i plan my own dessert reception wedding!

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  29. Oh, truly lovely but, please, please, please: Will you tell us what grey you used? Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, you (and D) are sure to be flattered near and far. And who would have guessed the grey chest and blue walls would go so well together? Well...of course, you did!

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  30. I love the color combination, it's eco, and it's attractive! Way to go!

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  31. Beautiful gray and it looks awesome with your wall color! I can't wait to buy some used furniture and paint it!

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  32. lovely job! how on earth do you find the time for projects like these? jealous. i feel like i'm drowning in a pool of stuff to do just trying to get from day to day.

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  33. You are awesome. I love this! The green surprise? Fabulous. Your space looks fantastic! Can we have a full tour?!

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  34. So sweet Rachel! I love the grey and the pop of green inside is fantastic - top marks to you for actually painting the inside and not just lining the drawers lol!

    It's great when you get a bargain that can be revampd so well. :)

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  35. Your projects are so great! I just blogged about your DIY ruffly belt tutorial. I gave it a try and loved the results- thank you!!

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  36. Love it and the added surprise of green on the interior--so fun!

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  37. What is the wall color in the room with the new bed side table? I love it!
    Andrea

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  38. At first I was sad that the gold is gone but then you showed the inside and my heart missed a beat- I LOVE the green!! how fabulous (and really, a great update for a lovely piece.)

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  39. Thanks, everyone!
    The wall color in the back is Behr brand Surfer, from Home Depot.

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  40. Hey Rachel- I had a really similar cabinet that I've had for a couple of years now. I hated the color but couldn't commit to a dramatic change... until I saw your post!
    I was seriously inspired...
    Here it is before:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49165589@N07/4505279993/
    and
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49165589@N07/4505914838/in/photostream/

    And after:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49165589@N07/4505280139/in/photostream/
    and
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49165589@N07/4505280205/in/photostream/

    It wasn't until I was finished painting that I realized... you posted this on my birthday :)

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  41. OhMuhGosh! That design is so fabu! At first when you see the gray you think "Eh, okay! Sophisticated." But when you open the drawer you go "WOW SUPRISE!" Totally unexpected in an adorable way!

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