I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. I have had a lot on the go here around the house this past couple of weeks, and with working a full time job, it doesn’t leave me as much time as I would like to work on my projects. Nevertheless, I hope to try to post more often in the future. Yeah to more posts!
While I finish working on the tiered bathroom cabinet I had mentioned a few days ago, I thought I would share with you an vintage book cabinet that I had painted last summer. It was originally built to be used as a small china cabinet, but I am known to change it up a little and use things for other than their intended use. I imagined this cabinet as a storage piece for my vintage books and treasures. It is perfect for keeping everything dust-free and away from busy little hands.
I actually found this cabinet for free on Kijiji last summer. As soon as the lady posted it I responded to her ad hoping that someone else hadn’t snatched it up already. Luckily, this cabinet was still available, so off I went to pick up my new book cabinet to be.
After the addition of some wooden appliques, new hardware, new chunky trim along the bottom and a couple of coats of cream paint, I think it is a great improvement. Don’t you think so too?
The room that this cabinet is in faces north so it is really challenging to take a good photo of it without it looking fuzzy or a reflection showing up in the glass. Well, hello there! Hopefully, you are able to see things just the same.
I added some crown shaped pulls to the drawer and drop pulls on the glass doors at the top and on the wooden doors at the bottom. The hardware finish is Old Brass from Lee Valley. I didn’t really care for the hardware that originally came with the cabinet but I really love these and they go well with other finishes that I have already in the room.
To give the cabinet even more style, I added a matching escutcheon (key hole). Since it didn’t have a key hole already cut, I just faked it by adding a small piece of brown felt behind the escutcheon. From close-up you can tell that there isn’t a hole, but from far away it is not noticeable at all. Hey, it works for me!
I just noticed after taking this picture that one of the nails on my escutcheon is a different colour. Ha ha! Nothing a black Sharpie pen won’t fix.
After giving this cabinet a couple of coats of my favorite cream paint, I lightly distressed the edges so that a little bit of its gray primer coat and its original stained wood would show through.
The inside of the drawer was originally covered in red velvet fabric and let me tell you it was really dirty and disgusting. Not to mention, some little person had scribbled all over the drawer sides. My solution was to decoupage scrap book paper in a french postcard print inside of the entire drawer. To hide some of the raw edges, I glued in thin pieces of cove molding painted white. Finally, I coated the paper with watered down white paint to give it an aged look and sealed it with two coats of Modge Podge to protect it.
I think the addition of the scrapbook paper is a nice surprise when opening the drawer! It is a perfect size to store all of my stationary and mementos from my past travels.
My favorite part of this cabinet are these wooden appliques that I added to the bottom doors to dress them up a bit. I love me some wooden scrollies!
So, what do you think of my book cabinet? Please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
I thought I would leave you with some pictures from my garden last Spring. It is still too early for plants to start appearing here in the north, but hopefully we will start to see some green in the next few weeks.
Gardening is another one of my great passions so I also plan to share some photos from my garden from time-to-time. I don’t know about you, but flowers always lift my spirits!
Till next time…
Parties I’ve Linked Up To:
~ Miss Mustard Seed – Furniture Feature Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Flaunt It Friday ~ My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday ~ French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ Finding Fabulous – Frugalicious Friday ~ It’s a Hodgepodge Life – It’s a Hodgepodge Friday ~ The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday ~ The Craftionary – Friday Fun Party ~ Funky Junk Interiors – Sat Nite Special ~ Tatertots and Jello – Weekend Wrap-up Party ~ Be Different Act Normal – Show and Tell Saturdays ~ Thrifty Decor Chick – April Before and After Party ~ Sumos Sweet Stuff – Market Yourself Mondays ~ DIY Showoff – DIY Project Parade ~ Craft-O-Maniac – COM Monday ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Tuesdays Treasures ~ Home Stories A to Z – Tutorials and Tips ~ Vintage Wanna Bee – Talent Tuesdays ~ The Vintage Mauve – Mauvin Mondays ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ Not Just a Housewife – Show Me Whatcha Got ~ Domestically Speaking – 120th Power of Paint Party ~ The Trendy Treehouse – Create and Share ~ The Thrifty Home – 132nd Penny Pinching Party ~ The Shady Porch – Rock n’ Share ~ The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday ~ Somewhat Simple – Strut your Stuff ~ Brambleberry Cottage – Time Travel Thursdays ~ Pretty Handy Girl – DIY Talent Parade Link Party ~
Don’t miss a post on thrifty transformations, crafts, DIY projects and more!
Subscribe to Hooked on Decorating by Email