Toy Cabinet Makeover

For the last year I have been on the lookout for a child sized wooden cabinet. I have a collection of vintage tin doll dishes (most of them being cute little tin cups) and I wanted to add hooks and hang them in a cute little cabinet. My search had not been going well because most cute vintage ones I was finding were pricey little things, and I am just too cheap. I knew if I held out for something that it would eventually come along. I was super excited when I spotted this one a few weeks ago for $8.00. It was covered in stickers and pretty dirty, but it cleaned up well!
These photos are actually more of a “in progress” then finished, but you get the idea. I still plan to add some cute decals to the front of the doors, and I need to screw in all my hooks to hang the cups. Meanwhile though it sure does look a lot cuter then it did!


My sister and I go thrift shopping once a week, we always grab a coffee and spend some time searching for treasure, I love being able to spend this time with her every week! Lately I have been keeping my eye out for a little cabinet to hold all my cookbooks. I spotted this little cabinet at the Salvation Army for $8 and knew it would be perfect. It had a cute shape but was made of particle board, so I knew I wanted to paint it. My sister suggested pink and I love how it turned out!
Here is a peek at the cabinet before and after primer.

Working Wednesday – Bathroom makeover

Last week I decided to try out the vintage blue sink we bought while in Pittsburgh. Our original sink top had been broken (you can see it in that photo I linked) for so long. A painting actually fell and broke it and we kept putting off replacing it thinking we would find a cool sink.

Anyhow I went to the hardware store to see what I could find in the way of bathroom vanity cabinets. I bought the smallest one that had even though it came with a sink, and in the end the blue sink didn’t work out, but that’s ok. We will find another project for it. I wish I had taken some before pics of the bathroom, but this is the small bathroom on the first floor and there are no windows. It was a light mint green, and the old bathroom vanity was pretty large, brown with a plain white (broken) sink.
First I removed the old sink and vanity thanks to youtube videos this was super easy! Then I actually painted all the walls a color called “blackberry jam”. It ended up really a bad color for this room. Floor to ceiling paint that was a plum colored (but looked maroon in the bathroom light) wasn’t flattering. I decided to leave it overnight and think about it. By the next day I still hated it, and figured if I was going to take all the time to re-do the bathroom I needed to love it.
I had the idea to paint it with chalk board paint, and add a crisp white bead board and trim around the lower half of the bathroom to keep it from being too dark.
While it was quite a bit of work over 4 days or so, I am so happy with how it turned out. You can see our friends have been having some fun with the chalk, and I love the idea of decorating it with some pumpkins come Sept. I also love the idea of using chalk board paint to create a simple design that looks like wallpaper. You can see our bathroom here before all the chalk drawings.

Thrifting Thursday – make overs

One of my favorite things to thrift is something very cheap that can easily be made over. I really needed some extra chairs for this last Crafternoon so I was on the lookout that week while thrift shopping. My sister pointed out this chair that was for sale for $1.

It was covered in some bad brown vinyl and had a few rips, but it also looked like it would be easy to unscrew and re-cover which is exactly what I did! I used the fabric Kelly Lee-Creel Storybook Lane Cuckoo Clocks which I love. I had a half yard which worked out perfectly. If you have any thrift shop before/afters please link them in a comment, I’d love to see!

Thrifting Thursday – Cabinets

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Last week when I was thrift shopping with my sister I came across this cabinet, and just fell in love. It has the cutest shape, with sweet little legs, and it was pretty cheap too! So I bought it to sand, and paint…


Some of the wood wasn’t in the best of shape, and they had replaced that middle shelf with some sort of particle board, not very lovely at all. I got paint from Sherwin Williams (the color is larchmere).

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My thrifted thermos collection fits perfectly on top (in a thrifted metal basket haha)

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It has a drawer that is perfect for all my dishtowels and potholders…

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My Santa collection fits in the glass-doored part perfectly, and I love the red & aqua together :)

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Plus all my tea supplies have a spot!