Friday, August 1, 2014

Royally Green Cabinet Makeover

Hello there and welcome August – already!
It just doesn’t seem like it should be AUGUST already.  Right?  Right around the corner is fall and cooler temps and hopefully rain.  Our state is suffering so and I know that there just has to be some relief in sight.  I am going to be an optimist here for that.

So remember the homely gal that I brought home to use out on the patio to store gardening bits?  The original post about HG is linked to HERE

I could see that she offered good storage means with her pull out bin drawers that would make for a good storage solution for my husband’s pellets that he uses for his manly BBQ unit.  The drawers, though a bit on the wonky side, will be the resting spot for the garden tools and other small things that just should not be left out in the open for clutter.

So here is the new/old gal…a bit polished up and decorated for now.  I do appreciate all of the wonderful input that so many of my visitors offered.  After painting her “royal beauty” in Benjamin Moore’s “Buckingham Garden”, I wasn’t quite sure that I should do the outside a white and leave the inside green.  My husband really likes the all green color and I appreciate his input in the decision making process.   The green does pop against the beige wall and it is close to the 1940’s green paint that I do so love. 
    Below is the before picture of HG.  I still need to add a magnetic closure for the door on the right. She was originally created with salvaged doors and bits of woods that I would imagine came from either other projects and repurposed or scrapped from a wood pile.  She is a mix of hardwoods and pine.

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I found the knobs at Hobby Lobby and love the flower shape and the crazing.  They look old fashion and suitable for a garden cabinet.
The knobs on the glass doors are old glass and I left them on. 
The wavy glass was left intact, although I did entertain the thought of removing it and using chicken wire.  However the glass does provide coverage from the dust and moisture outside.

A galvanized can corrals old garden rakes that are not only sporting a good green paint color, but are used to get into those tight spots of the garden that need to be raked.
Here she waits to be loaded up with accessories.  I want to find a twig garland to sit on top and some more textural organic items, like baskets of flowers, zinc cans, maybe an old scale…but for now, here is what I had on hand.
Garden tools find their place inside a drawer..
….and the BBQ pellets are neatly put away into the bin drawers. 
On top sits some watering cans, a minnow bait bucket and bird house.
White enameled pitchers, chickens, an old egg basket, flower seeds, a bird house and a wonderful bird nest are added to the inside.  Of course, this will all change over time.  
The old toy dump truck will be cute with a potted plant sitting in the back.  I had had it for sale, but decided that I liked it so much and brought it home.  It is a fun piece and would be cute at Christmas with pine cones resting on its back.

Packages of flower seeds are stashed inside one of my favorite sugar containers. 
I bought the Meadow Flowers box from a friend’s space at the store and just love it.  I have seen these boxes in several stores lately and they have different sayings on them.  Though not old, they do lend a vintage touch to the vignette.
This precious nest was intricately made by a bird out on a friend’s ranch.  It is made of some of her horse’s hair and her dog Pearl’s hair.  I love the weeds that have little hearts on them.  So sweet and so special.  The nest was retired before being removed.  Now it rests on top of an old grain scoop.
The details:

Benjamin Moore has chalk paint that you can add any of their colors to, which is what I used for HG.  It comes in a quart size for about 22.00.  About half the price of than ASCP.  I painted the cabinet with half of the quart and finished it off with a clear paste wax.  The paint doesn’t have the same chalkiness to it as AS does, but one could water it down a bit to get a thinner application.  Being as my piece is for outside, I did not water the paint down.  As for sanding the paint for the worn look, it doesn’t sand as easy as AS.  However, I am pleased with the end result. 


Kim @ Home Is Where The Heart Is said...

Wow, HG looks great! Love the color :)

20 North Ora said...

What a gorgeous job you did on that old cabinet!! Really looks great and how handy to have to store all of your outside stuff.


Kathleen Grace said...

I l♥ve the green Becky! Thanks for the tip on Ben Moore's chalk paint. I'm always looking for ways to save a few bucks. Knowing you can use any color you want is a plus too. I love every single thing you put on display too. You're going to have lots of fun changing it up for the seasons :>)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Ooh, I just love the color! You did such a good job dressing her up with all your sweet accessories. What an amazing transformation.

Donna said...

It is beautiful!!! What an amazing transformation!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

I absolutely adore this cabinet and the way you have styled it. Love.

Great job, truly.

Have a great weekend.

GranthamLynn said...

Oh I love her. What a beautiful makeover. I love how you've displayed. Thanks for sharing!
Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

Oh! She is Bee-ut-ee-mus!

Love the green.
That is a great way to store all that ugly yard stuff.
The HL knobs are the same knobs that I have in my kitchen.


Wanda A. said...

Oh my!!! She's beautiful! Can't wait to see how you change the display from season to season. I love the green. Even though I'm a huge AS chalk paint fan, I'll be sure to give Benjamin Moore's a try! I especially love the bird nest. Hubby and I just moved to a house in the country. I brought with me a bird nest that a bird built on our deck several years ago to have a sweet reminder of our old house.

2 Dogs said...

Wow! It's beautiful. I love it. Great job!

Elsie said...

Becky it looks great!!! You did a fantastic job of painting and decorating it too. I love the green you used. She's a beaut!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

The makeover is just gorgeous, and I love how you have styled it! Just beautiful!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

That's a gorgeous makeover! Love the color, and love how you have styled it, too!

Scrap for Joy said...

You have transformed this piece in the most beautiful way! Love the green color and I appreciate the information about the Benjamin Moore CP. I have never used CP but I'm itching to try it in our new home.
I think you've done an awesome job styling it...the garden supplies look great. I have a small bird's nest that fell out of one of our can see the human hair woven with the sticks and string. Birds are really amazing architects!

Happy@Home said...

HG looks fabulous, Becky. What an amazing transformation.
Speaking of amazing, that nest is just that! Wow, so glad you shared the little heart details.

Pat said...

You did a wonderful job of rejuvenating that cabinet! I LOVE the color and how you have glorified it with all the beautiful vintage things in it. Lovely. Adore the tiny heart leaves on the nest! How sweet is that? And, the meadow box...delightful. One of my favorite quotes these days is "My soul is made of meadow flowers" by an artist named Katie Daisy. Enjoy your beautiful work! pat

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

It turned out beautifully. I have a piece I need to redo. Maybe I will try that new paint.

Amy JO

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

But of course I love this wonderful cabinet. It is my favorite color of Green. I call it Granny Smith Apple Green....and it is lovely enough to go inside the house.
Brambles and berries, nests and all thing wild and you will have such a beautiful addition to your garden patio. I cannot wait to see it in completion.
Thank you for stopping by. My new large set that I am so worried about getting here, does have that name of many of them.
I know Sara seemed very I am waiting as patiently as possible. I only wish she would communicate with me.
Only time will tell.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love the color of this wonderful piece! I also love everything that you have displayed on it.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh, I've got a bad case of cupboard envy, Becky!! I love how you've transformed your old cupboard with paint and hardware. And, of course, you've got it styled to perfection! You're going to have so much fun decorating your cupboard as the seasons change, and I hope you share it with us! Love, love, love it all!! Now how can I get the squirrels to haul an old cupboard into our yard? And build me a screen porch?


Unknown said...

Becky! This is gorgeous! I wish I had half of you artistic capabilities! I would have passed that up and look at what beauty you were able to create!

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

What an amazing before-and-after. It doesn't look like the same piece at all! I love that 40's apple green too, Becky, it's one of the all-time great colors! I'm always mixing up a batch to use on my projects.