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Sewing cabinet poll results & a couple of sneak peeks

This weekend went by so fast for me. How about you?

It was so gorgeous out today. The sun was shining brightly with a nice warm breeze. A perfect Spring day! This warm weather gave me the opportunity to finally get into the garage to work on a couple of pieces of furniture. It is so exciting to be back in my workspace where I can be messy and not have to worry about cleaning up after myself constantly like I do when I am working in my basement.

I have a couple of sneak peeks to show you of some things that I am currently working on, but first, here are the results from the little poll that I had recently to get your input on picking a paint color for my newly acquired sewing cabinet. If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous post about how I found this cabinet, you can read about it here.




As you can see, light turquoise received the most votes. To those people who took the time to leave their votes, thanks so much for voting! You are sweethearts for helping me out!


So the next time you see my sewing cabinet it will have changed from this color…





To this color!


What do you think? Do you like it? Did I pick a good shade of turquoise?




This color is actually a little less vibrant in person than it shows on the screen so hopefully it won’t end up being too bright. I can always tone the color down a bit if need be.

I can’t wait to see how it turns out and also share it with you!

Now for my two sneak peeks…




I found this buffet on Kijiji for $50.00 a few months ago and I thought it would be the perfect piece for my Mom to use as a TV cabinet to hold her flat screen TV. I hope to share the “after” with you next week.

Why so long for the reveal? Well, my Mom lives 1.5 hours out of the city and I just remembered that she has the new cabinet door handles at her house!  Oops!

Even though I will be done painting this beauty this week, I’ll have to wait to show you the finished cabinet when I can install all of the hardware and bring her into the house. I know, I’m sorry to tease you this way!




Here is the other piece that I am working on. You may have seen these little vintage sewing cabinets/organizers at flea markets, thrift stores etc. This one I found at Goodwill for only $7.99. I think it will be perfect to store some of my growing collection of sewing supplies.

This cabinet will be getting a special treatment. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!


Until next time.




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Another book cabinet & my amazing find

After a busy weekend celebrating my daughter’s birthday and entertaining my Mom when she stopped by for a visit, I am happy to be able to get back on track this week working on my projects.

I also had a minor technical glitch show up on my blog last week and because of it I have had to move my Recent Posts list to the footer at the bottom of my blog, so if you are looking for it, that is where you will find the list. As soon as I get the problem resolved, I will add the Recent Posts list back on sidebar where it belongs. Thanks for your patience.

On another note, last week I shared with you my Mom’s french-style sideboard makeover here. I had mentioned that there would be another piece of furniture of my Mom’s that I would be sharing with you this week.

Well, if you recently read my vintage book cabinet post, looking at the “before” and “after” photos of my Mom’s cabinet below may make you feel like you are having a bit of déjà vu . My Mom and I have almost identical vintage cabinets!

How it all came about is, I found my cabinet on Kijiji first, and when I showed my Mom what I had done with mine, she too wanted her very own book cabinet.  For the next month we kept an eye on the local auction websites and low and behold she ended up finding the perfect cabinet one weekend.

The only major difference between our two cabinets is that mine has a drawer in the middle and hers doesn’t. Truth be told,  I actually like the overall shape of my Mom’s cabinet better, but I really love that mine has a drawer. Mine is still a keeper!




When I set out to refinish my Mom’s cabinet, unfortunately I was unable to salvage the fretwork in the glass doors. There was just no way to remove them to paint without ruining them. My Mom was fine with it as she really wasn’t too keen on having to clean behind the fretwork every time she wanted to clean the glass doors.


And now for the “after” photos…




It was difficult to take really nice pictures of this cabinet because it is so dark in my Mom’s living room even with all of the lights on and the curtains open. If you look closely in the photo below you can see me trying to hide from view again. Obviously, I am not very good at it!






My Mom’s cabinet was painted in the same paint colors as my cabinet. It was first primed with two coats of Glidden Gripper tinted in Behr Dark Gray. Then it was painted with three coats of Benjamin Moore Natural Linen. Before top coating it with three additional coats of Minwax Polyacrylic, it was distressed so that parts of the original stained finish and gray primer would show through the distressed areas.





Don’t you just love the chunky moulding at the top of her cabinet and the curved design at the bottom? I sure do!




I also used the same old brass drop pulls from Lee Valley on all of the doors and the same two wooden appliques on the bottom doors. Why mess with a good thing?




Of course I had to take some photos of some of her books, keepsakes and decorative items inside the glass doors.




I have to tell you, this cabinet had an unfortunate “mishap” while my Mom and I were carrying it from my truck to her back door. She had one end, I had the other. The fact that she was walking backwards down a skinny, uneven sidewalk was my first mistake. You can see where this is heading! She turned the corner; I thought she still had the cabinet. She dropped her end and fell over and badly bruised her hip on the edge of the sidewalk. I had to put my end of the cabinet down and make sure she was ok. Thankfully she didn’t break her hip!

Her cabinet ended up a little worse for wear too. It cracked on the back at the bottom but it can only be seen from the back. Good thing we were moving just the shell of the cabinet because had the glass doors still been in the cabinet, things could have been much worse for all involved. Live and learn!




So, what do you think of my Mom’s book cabinet? Do you have something similar to this cabinet in your own home that you use to display your books and other treasures? I would love to hear about it.



Now for my amazing find. This little antique sewing cabinet below came to me when I was least expecting it.

My Mom and I were out this past Saturday afternoon attending a couple of free sewing courses at one of our sewing stores (I am trying to learn how to sew). We were a little late for the class and we accidentally walked into the wrong room while looking for the classroom. There was a non-profit garage sale going on in the room we went into and I happened to come across the sewing cabinet below. It was marked at $50.00 but since they were marking their prices down at the end of the day I ended up taking it home with me for only $30.00. I know, right? Awesome!

Just last week I shared a photo of some antique sewing drawers that I had seen at the Wild Rose Antique Show and I thought they would be amazing for storage in my craft room. Well it was fate, I think. Now I not only have some sewing drawers, but I have a entire cabinet that will be perfect for my new sewing machine. Woot, woot!

It is funny how things work out sometimes isn’t it?




Isn’t she a beauty? I just love her raised moldings and her cute little drawers. The drawer in the middle tilts down and has three long compartments for more supplies. The top folds up and to the left as a table for fabric and the middle was converted to fit a modern sewing machine by its previous owner. So cool!




Now the color she has been painted is a little too vibrant for my taste. My home is decorated in mostly creams, whites, grays, browns. I know, I’m a little boring! I am more of a subtle kind of gal so I have plans to repaint her in the near future.

That is where I was hoping you could help me out.




I would be so grateful if you would vote in my little poll below and give me your opinion on what color you think my little sewing cabinet should be painted. If you have other colors you think I should think about then please leave me a comment below and let me know your ideas. I plan to share what color I ended up choosing later this week and her transformation in the next week or two.


{Poll Closed}


The poll results can be found here and the final reveal of this cabinet can be found HERE. Please stop by to see how my sewing cabinet looks now!



Until next time…




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Embracing Change guest post

It is my pleasure to have Stacey from Embracing Change here today to share with us her newest furniture transformation.


I met Stacey shortly after starting my blog two months ago. She had left a very nice comment on one of my posts which then led me over to her blog. While I was there, I was amazed by all of the beautiful furniture pieces that she had painted. I thought to myself, “this girl has loads of talent!”


After getting to know Stacey a little more, I learned that she is a modern day “Superwoman” of sorts. She works a full-time job, runs a furniture refinishing business with her friend, helps her husband with church duties, manages her own blog, and on top of all that she is a Mother to her two wonderful children. I am tired just writing about all of the things she does on a daily basis. I don’t quite know how she swings it, but somehow she does!


Well, I think I will let Stacey fill you in on the rest, so I won’t keep you waiting any longer.


Here’s Stacey…


Hi! I am Stacey from Embracing Change!



Carrie invited me to stop over today to her awesome blog and introduce myself as well as show you a little about what I am passionate about. I have a passion for restoring and recreating unloved furniture. I love to take the old and make it new. A good furniture makeover is what it is all about! I also craft and create home decor, but my true love is furniture!


 Here are examples of some past projects I’ve done:


Old Door Subway Art Table


Antique Telephone Bench


Antique Dresser


Hand-painted Chevron Antique Waterfall Dresser


Secretary Desk Makeover
I am a busy girl that really has no time for blogging
or restoring furniture yet I make time for what I love!
I am a pastor’s wife working alongside my love in ministry.
I have two adorable girls Emma (7) and Ana (4).


Here are my girlies this Easter:



During the day, I work full-time as a Director of a large day care.


I recently began a business with a friend of mine called The Blessed Nest
You can find our business website HERE.


Our little business is brand new. We are located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Blessed Nest specializes in recreating furniture and making home decor!


Needless to say, I deal with a great deal of stress in a day.
I find painting and creating to be my outlet.
I always feel better when I have a paint brush in my hand.


I would like to share a redo with you today!

I promised my husband I would paint his cute little antique desk for him.
We picked up this cutie at an antique shop outside of Gettysburg before we were married over 11 years ago.


 I promised Chris, my husband, that I would get to redoing it.

Now I know how a mechanic feels after working on so many cars
and he doesn’t have the time or energy to worry on his own.
Needless to say, months went by.


 The other day I decided I needed to buckle down

and get it done and keep true to what I had told my husband.
I knew it would mean a lot to him.


I spent this weekend finishing that little desk up.
I am very pleased with how it came out!


Here’s my favorite part…THE AFTER!











I love it!
Huge improvement!
My husband thinks so as well!


I used ASCP in Old White and the cool knobs
are from Anthropologie.
I used Antique Walnut stain from Minwax on the top.


I think it has an African feel with the style of the knobs

so I staged it with African figurines.
Quite suiting for Chris as he recently returned from
a mission trip to Kenya!


And in true Stacey style, I always name my pieces based upon
what I feel to be the personality they exude.
This one is named Majestic Mwamba in
which the African meaning of the name is strong.
I think that it is a fitting name!


Come and visit me sometime at Embracing Change. I would love for you to stop in or even follow me. I also have a Facebook page as well. I host a weekly linky party called Inspired Creations on Thursdays if you would like to link up any of your creations that may inspire others!


Thanks Carrie for the opportunity to guest post
on your amazing blog!
I am so thankful for the opportunity!


Thanks so much Stacey for sharing your desk makeover and your other gorgeous furniture transformations with us. It was great having you here.


If you haven’t already been over to Stacey’s blog, please take a few minutes to visit her at Embracing Change.




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Second time’s a charm: reinventing a french-style sideboard

While visiting my Mom earlier this week, I was able to take some photos of a couple of pieces of furniture I had painted for her last summer.

The first piece is this gorgeous french-style sideboard that she had found at HomeSense (aka Home Goods) a couple of years ago. It was originally purchased for use as a flat-screen TV stand, but my Mom eventually grew tired of it. She really loved the style of the cabinet; she just wasn’t too fond of its bright white finish and dark red distressing. I agreed with her that it did look out of place in her living room full of creams and tans.

Instead of getting rid of the cabinet, my Mom had asked me to repaint it so that it would fit in better with the finishes currently in her living room. I was so happy to help my Mom out. She has done so much for me!

Here is the before photo that I found on my Mom’s camera. It is not entirely clear, but you can sort of see the dark red “chunks” of distressing here and there. Let’s just say that that person who originally painted this cabinet did not have a great attention to detail when it comes to painting and distressing.




And here is the after photo…


I know that it looks like there is not much difference between the before and after photos. If you were to see it in person though you would be able to see that the finish on the cabinet is now softer and the distressing is more subtle and even. The creamy gray color of the cabinet also fits in so much better with its surroundings.




To reinvent this piece, I primed over the original white painted finish with two coats of my favorite gray primer, Glidden Gripper primer tinted in Behr Dark Gray. I then painted this cabinet with two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Natural Linen.

Natural Linen is my favorite color to use when painting my furniture pieces. It is a very nice light cream with a touch of gray. I have quite a few pieces of furniture in my house painted in these colors ( My Vintage Book Cabinet, Milk Painted Hall Table, and my Antique Buffet Turned TV Cabinet to name a few).



I distressed the raised parts of the cabinet where it would normally receive a lot of wear. You can now see small amounts of the white and dark red original finish peeking through as well as some of the gray primer coat.




Lastly, to bring out more of the distressing and to add depth to the wooden carvings, I glazed over the entire sideboard with burnt umber craft paint mixed with glazing medium. I made sure to wipe away any extra glaze as not to darken the overall finish on the cabinet, but to only keep the glaze in the carved parts of the cabinet. For protection, I coated it with three coats of Polyacrylic.




I am in love the ornate handles on this piece. Why can’t find hardware like that where I live?  It’s gorgeous!




In this photo you can see the distressing more clearly and the layers of paint that were exposed.




I am very happy with the new finish on my Mom’s buffet and my Mom loves it as well! I think it also looks amazing next to her velvety damask wallpaper.  What do you think? Do you like it too?


Later on this week I will be revealing the other piece of furniture that I refinished for my Mom and tomorrow I have a wonderful guest blogger, Stacey from Embracing Change, sharing her newest project with you all.


Talk to you again soon.






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 ~ The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday ~ Somewhat Simple – Blog Link Party ~ The Brambleberry Cottage – Time Travel Thursday ~ The Shady Porch – Rock and Share ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ Domestically Speaking – 121st Power of the Paint Party ~ Miss Mustard Seed – Furniture Feature Friday ~ It’s a HodgePodge Life – It’s a HodgePodge Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Flaunt It Friday ~ My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday ~ The French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ The Craftionary – Friday Fun Party ~ Tatertots & Jello – Weekend Wrap-up Party ~ Funky Junk Interiors – Sat Nite Special ~ Craft Envy – Saturday Spotlight ~




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My vintage book cabinet

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…








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~ 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 ~



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