Something a bit different

This past week I was kept busy by a different kind of project than usual. You all know that I LOVE to quilt, but I have to confess that since I published my last blog post, I have not spent any time in my quilt room….I know…GASP! Instead I was busy redoing a piece of furniture. You see, our new home is quite a bit smaller than our previous one. In that one I had a large linen closet where I could stash my bed sheets, extra table cloths ( yes, I use those every single day), napkins, etc, etc. On top of that we also had a large closet in our kids’ bathroom, as well as a decent sized one in our master bathroom…closets galore in that house. In our new house I have one, yep, only 1, small closet that I get to work with. Well, I can tell you right now that there was NO way that my stuff was going to fit in that one little closet…time to donate some linens…yep. But that is not going to solve all my problems. Sooooooo, I decided to make myself a “linen cupboard” out of a dresser that belonged to our oldest son. I knew that he didn’t care for it so I asked if I could paint it. He agreed ( not knowing that he was also agreeing to me “adopting” it for my purposes ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Here is what it looked like before:dresser beforeIt is a nice piece, but pretty dark, and the stain we used on it made it smell a little funky. I started by spray painting the insides white with some leftover spray paint I found:

It looks pretty blotchy, but a second coat made it look much better! I also spray painted the outside but forgot to take a picture of what that looked like. When the white was dry, I grabbed my Annie Sloan Chalk paints and mixed the white with a bit of the yellow.ย Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg, Old White, and Arles

I was trying to create an old antique-y white look and thought adding a bit of yellow would do the trick. I put in a bit too much yellow, but decided that buttercream would look nice too. firs color doneThe great thing about chalk paint is that you do NOT need to prime your surfaces ( even though I had given the dresser a coat of white, you can tell that it is pretty splotchy). Anyway, after painting the yellow 2 times, it was time to tape off where I wanted a different color to go. At this point I had decided that I wanted to recreate a French look so decided to add some blue chalk paint in the center panels:

add the blueThere was water and some soap left on my brush ( which I didn’t realize), but it gave my drawer a really neat streaked effect, which I then wanted to recreate on my doors because they were looking a bit too perfect. So I went and wet my paint brush and tried to streak the blue. It sort of worked but not as much as I hoped.ย  No matter, I figured I would deal with that later! After my blue was dry, I wanted to add a little more detail so went searching through myย ย quilt stencils…and found this perfect one!

quilt stencil

When you stencil, you want to use a short bristly brush and hardly any paint at all! And do make sure that you tape that stencil down so that paint can’t leak underneath!

tape!

I did have to turn my stencil around to mirror it on the bottom of the door, and then washed it and turned it over to do the other door so that it mirrored its partner. And here is what it looked like when I was done!

stencilling done

I like it, but it is looking too “perfect”…I want it to look like it’s old and antique. So I grabbed some sandpaper and sanded various edges and corners, as well as down the middle of the blue, and the stencilled part as wellย  ( after it had dried of course!). Now it looks more worn and antique-y!

 

sanded down

I also added some new glass knobs and I love how it turned out!

all done

 

It has already been moved into our bedroom and I have started filling it with my linens. It won’t solve all my problems, but it is a start, and it does look awfully sweet in there! ( By the way, that wall in behind will be getting a green paint job in the near future so the cabinet will stand out a little more ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

linen cupboard all done and in place

Now I have my eye on some other pieces and I can “reuse” creatively….

Well, that’s what has been keeping me out of trouble this week….this weekend I am hoping to nail down which Farm Girl blocks I am going to use in my farm girl quilt…

I think I have narrowed it down to the farmhouse ( well, duhhh), the spools ( obvious reason), the maple leaf ( I am Canadian, after all), the kettle ( I LOVE tea!), and the baby chick ( ’cause who doesn’t love a baby chick?!), but I may very well change my mind about any and all of these… Which ones are YOU planning on using if you are sewing along with me? And by the way, if you would like to join me, you can purchase the pattern by clicking here, and the book by clicking here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

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19 thoughts on “Something a bit different

  1. You didn’t mention what your son’s reaction was to “his” cupboard. Love what you have done with it and all the instructions that you have given. Would love to do that to some of our furniture but I don’t think my husband would approve. I will enjoy looking at yours instead. Great job.

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    1. Thank you. My son’s reaction? Well, at least he recognized it ;). I told him I would get him a new one as this one was mine now…he was fine with that idea because he didn’t care for this one anyway. So a win-win situation ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I love the cupboard Monique. What a resourceful idea and the paint job was inspirational as well. Even though it’s not quilting what you’ve been doing is creative-which is one reason why we all quilt. At least it is for me!

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