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.