Have you ever had a feeling there’s a Zamp in the Lamp? Or a Woset in the Closet? Or something absolutely fabulous that can come from something dated and discarded? Well, if you ever have, then you are getting in the boat with me baby! I have been rather addicted to scanning http://detroit.craigslist.org/. The offerings here in the Detroit Metro area are so plentiful, that I am able to peruse multiple pages of wonderfulness before finishing the listings for a single day. This may be common fair for a lot of you, but for little old me who just moved here, from a small little town in Coastal Oregon to MICHIGAN, I am rather pleased!
Any hoo, after looking for a hutch of some sort that I could showcase a beautiful tureen that my sister had given me YEARS ago, (never out of the box), I found this beaut. She (my hutch), was dated and a little worn with some rough spots, but all in all, I saw a wonderful-cabinet-to-be with a distressed white paint that would look fantastic with this particular tureen in it. Thanks, Sis!
Imagination people, that is what you need…and Pinterest, of course! That is my other addiction. There are so many cool DIY ideas on there, especially for those of us that are on a budget! Back to “My Precious”!
So I found this cabinet on my trusty site and loved the little details. I had to have it. I had to do this. It was compelling, something pulling me in saying, “I belong to you, come and get me!” Okay, so the voices might be a bit creepy, but I seriously felt like I needed to do something with this cabinet. So I bought her for $40 and set to work taking her apart.
Whatever you do, always use some type of a container to hold all the little pieces, because I have seen the downfall of my DH many a time as he frantically searches for that screw that, “Was just right there!!!!” Damn those screws with their little legs and adventurous spirits! Well, not to me…if I could help it….I put those bad boys in a small tote, and there they stayed until the brass cleaner had a chance to do it’s magic.
Okay. So the cabinet was taken apart, and sanding needed to be done to rough up the surface a bit. I have read that when you are using Chalk Paint, you don’t need to do this step, or even to prime, but I didn’t want my hours of work to be for nothing, so I put a little extra work into it…via little monkeys…hee hee hee, and sanded the cabinet with fine grit sanding blocks. Those puppies are nice by the way; so convenient, (the sanding blocks…and the kiddos I suppose).
Seriously, people, what were you thinking with this drawer liner?
I decided to use spray primer on this project…it took 3 cans, but covered nicely. I wasn’t too concerned with having complete, even coverage, because I was going to be distressing “My Precious” anyway.
Now, back to those handy, dandy sanding blocks to put the Shabby in my Chic project. Seriously, there is no wrong way here. Use some sandpaper and rub all the surfaces that you want or that you feel would have received wear and tear naturally over time. I did a mix of both.
Can you see my little detailed areas…love the carving
I love HER! She is so ME. She is so Vintage. She is so Shabby Chic! Love, love, love.
I love this look, because it isn’t about perfection, at least not in the sense of producing something that is flawless. The flaws are what make this type of transformation so unique and in my opinion…AWESOME!
Tell me what you think. I am going a bit Mommy Wild without my DH’s supervision. LOL!