a new look- my cabinet makeover and blog

 I am so excited to reveal my new blog header.  Since I started this blog almost a year ago, I have had several transformations of my header.  I hope to do a "walk down memory lane" for my blogaversary, but for now, let's just enjoy!
Red Pearl Designs once again came up with my lovely new look.  I love you Megan!  Thanks a ton!
{ My other new look }
Yesterday I completed my new cabinet!

I am over the moon in love with this piece.  My goal was to make it look like I pulled it, just as it is, from some great old barn. 

Here was what I started with:

I picked this up from one of my favorite thrift shops.  I saw it right away, but kept looking around before I felt it calling to me.  I went back, thinking I would just measure it and think it over.  I just couldn't walk away from it though!  The more I looked at it and inspected it, it needed to come home with me that day.

I was 50% sure I'd be selling it.  It's an awesome piece.  By the time I got it home, I was less sure I'd be selling it, and fairly sure I'd be keeping it.  :)
The wood had a really dark stain, and it was hiding the hardware.

I pictured this in our bedroom.  White and distressed.  It will be replacing our dresser.  Since there is one drawer on top, it will help with some of our items, and then I plan to get a few more seagrass baskets for the shelves.
The wood grain on this piece is spectacular!  I love how distressing it really brought it out.

The glass knobs you see here were the ones that came with it. No clue how old this piece is, but the knobs don't look very new.

Part of the charm of this piece, for me, was the old hardware.  I loved the hinges and locks:

The hand hewn shelves instantly had me. 
The cabinet has so much character going on, and I just wanted to enhance it and bring it to life.

I sanded the outside just a bit, to get the sheen off,  then primed it with two coats of primer, and two coats of paint.  I probably could have gotten away with one, but I wanted it to have a worn down appearance. One coat maybe would have been too wimpy?  My palm sander with a heavy grit paper did the rest.

Chalk paint is all the rage right now, and I am anxious to try it, but there's only one dealer in our area and it would have to be shipped.  ($$$$) ...someday!  Here's what it looked like with the paint on- pre sanding and before the hardware was reinstalled.

I have been trying out Home Depot's Ultra paint and primer, and I really love it.  It goes on great, and this color is quickly becoming a favorite!  It is called Spice Delight.  Not a harsh bright white- slightly creamy but bright.

I need to start finding some more pieces like this to sell- but it's part of the fun for me to feather our nest and pick and choose what I keep and what gets to go! :)

Here's a final look at the before and after, side by side.

Have a great Tuesday! 
Don't forget to join me tomorrow to show me your transformations and treasures!

Sharing this project with:
Tuesday's Treasures
Furniture Feature Friday
Power of Paint


  1. The cabinet came out so great and I'm loving the new blog look!!

  2. Wow! it looks so great. It was so bland before and so fabulous now!

  3. Great job Denise! I love the hardware too. Those little locks are the neatest things and they now pop against the white. I can see why you're not going to be selling this piece.

    Great new header too!


  4. I love your cabinet! What a fabulous transformation. I think I would have decided to keep it too. :)

    Your new header looks great too.

  5. Gorgeous transformation! Both the dresser and the blog :D

  6. Cabinets like this are so functional! You can store tons of stuff in them, and they have such a great look. What a fantastic transformation! Love the knobs!

  7. Hi Denise-

    I like your cabinet as I like lighter colors. You did a great job. Love your new header. It is fun to change things up from time to time.

    My best- Diane

  8. Your cabinet turned out amazing! LOVE the old barn look too. Good job!

  9. I love your new blog header! I confess, I have an odd fascination for those... I studied and studied your previous one. It was beautiful, as well...

  10. The cabinet facelift turned out amazing!! I'm always so amazed at all your beautiful projects =) The new header and sidebar buttons also look great! Loving the fresh look and I'm glad others seem to be as well!

  11. and this just proves that i need to live near you to buy some of your goodness....wow...love it. i am in the process of painting an old bookshelf from a friend right now. it's going in the guest room....bright blue it will be.

  12. I love what you did with that! It looks awesome compared to the before photo. Love the new header, it is fun to change it up sometimes!


  13. Beautiful! You have done a fabulous job!

  14. great job! the hardware on the cabinet is absolutely fabulous!
    love your new blog look too!!

  15. It's beautiful! And your new blog header is great!

  16. Gorgeous! I love the locks. I have just completed one quite similar to yours. Please feel free to hop on over and take a peek. I am now a new follower :)

  17. I really like the quirky cupboard. It has so much more style and character than a new modern piece. Well done

  18. i love the wood graining showing on that! it is so beachy and pretty!

  19. OMG... I am looking for a piece like this for my office! I love it. Thanks for the great tips. I am a new follower and love your blog! Love it. Come say hello!


  20. It looks beautiful Denise! I love the new look that you did for it and all the hardware is perfect. I would love to try chalk paint too but not many dealers around here.
    Enjoy and have a great week!

  21. The cabinet looks great, you've done an amazing job on the distressing!

  22. Stunning! Great work. I really like that white.

  23. Chalk paint is $$$ but WORTH EVERY DIME!!! I've done a head board, two side tables and a coffee table and only used less than 1/4 of the same can because it goes a LONG way!

  24. Would love to see you link up at my new party that will run through Sunday!


  25. Oh I love how it turned out! It really does look like the original paint. great job, and thanks for linking up with VIF! xo Debra

  26. Fabulous job!
    it is amazing!
    Visiting from Good Life..
    Cricket@ gypsea nurse


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