The Pantry Joins In


One of my co-workers asked me today if I ever rest on the weekend... this was a question I asked myself this past weekend when I was ripping up the tile floor as part of my bathroom reno, painting the mudroom & laundry room, and spending 2 1/2 hours in Home Depot picking out plumbing supplies and the new floor for my bathroom.  Why? I ask myself.  Why can't I stop working on this house???

The first reason is that I am so inspired by all the blog posts and pictures on Pinterest that I can't wait to jump in with both feet.  The second reason is that during the months when the weather is cool (April & May are still cool-ish here), I can work like gangbusters on projects.  Once the temperature starts getting warm to hot, I lose all my energy and things progress at a snail's pace.   In addition to those reasons, I offer a quote from Pearl Buck "To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth."  With the amount of joy I feel working on and finishing these projects, I will be youthful forever!!!

So, what else have I been up to?  I painted my pantry cabinet!! AGAIN!
                                                        
                                 
Here is the original cabinet (a Leksvik children's wardrobe) which I first painted with Ben Moore Snow White.

 

OK, the white was just way too stark for me, so I embellished it with a little chalkboard paint.

I loved the way this cabinet turned out, but with my hallway about to be painted in off-white paint, I wanted a punch of colour.  Naturally, I went back to my now tried-and-true home made chalk  paint that leaves a rough, chalky finish on the furniture.

The little square knobs had never looked all that good to me, so I changed them to old fashioned round wood knobs and then I painted the whole cabinet in turquoise.  It was a new mix of white paint and Behr's Agave that turned out way too dark, so I mixed in more white paint and rollered the lighter colour over the top.  After that dried, I added streaks of creamy white paint here and there and just kept layering the colours until I got a look that I loved.

Here is the darkest colour of turquoise (the one I didn't like as much):

and here is the final cabinet:


I wiped some paint on the basket to dress it up a little.  The shutter was unfinished maple that I painted a mix of white and turquoise, distressed and wiped Minwax dark paste wax over.  It turned out so great!


I haven't waxed this cabinet and I'm not going to.  I love the extra chalkiness of the streaks of white paint.  All I did to achieve that look was take the little sponge roller still covered with turquoise paint, dipped it in a little off-white paint and roller'd it on here and there.  It worked like a charm!  

This cabinet now makes me feel very happy (and YOUTHFUL)!

Have a happy and creative week!

68 comments:

A Few Pennies said...

That cabinet is awesome; the white with chalk board paint just makes the finished project. I have a tall cabinet door only I am going to try this with to hang in the kitchen--thanks for inspiring!

Yvonne said...

Love your results. The color is wonderful. I have an old armoir that I would like to do something like that on.

Pamela said...

LOVE the color!! What an easy project with such a big bang! Thanx for joining THT!

Pellie / Penny said...

Your cabinet came out awesome.

I know what you mean about working full steam ahead in the cooler months, we do the same thing. Summers heat and humidity make us to lazy to work.
Good luck on that staying young bit-lol

Hugs,
Penny

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You go girl, I wish I had your energy! I love how you take chances with your projects, the cabinet is gorgeous especially with the chalkboard paint!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE the new color Anne!!

Heidi Lisa said...

Anne, do you have your passport and visa in order? I just might have to import you! Love It. You give me the courage to attack my hall built in :o)

Heidi Lisa said...

Right now we're still in Hawaii, But the house is in Idaho :o) We might have to make an international meeting happen lol

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I love the new look. I think you to do list on the first pic with chalkboard paint is my favorite part!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I swear....I feel 10 years younger just looking at that cabinet :) Great job and I love the turquoise....awesome color. But why didn't you have a stack of towels in the hallway :)

:) me

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely! Great job :)
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Oh, I really like this new color and treatment. It looks great!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Your cabinet turned out so well. I'm painting a cabinet turquoise this weekend!

Amy Fountain said...

Great porject! Love the chalkboard and the new paint.

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

Great colour choice! I love the many makeovers of this cabinet. It's so versatile!

The chalkboard panels definitely kick it up a notch, too.

micki @ ADD housewife said...

I absolutely adore this. Huge fan of both chalk paint and chalkboard paint :)

Kathy {Pearls in Paradise} said...

I love the new color and the chalboard panels! I really need something turquoise in my house because I love the color so much. You did an awesome job as usual!

Kifus said...

OMG, Anne, let me put my feet up a bit, I am exhausted with all your hard work!! I just love the way your cupboard looks, love the colour, the chalkboard, the arrangement on top, everything!

Have a hectic, I mean, restive, or better creative weekend, Anne!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

I know what you mean. Working on the house is an addiction :)
Your cabinet came out great. I like the new color.

Donna Wilkes said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful cabinet. I am in a turquoise painting mood here lately, too. I like the distressing with the white paint. Followed over from The Shabby Nest.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

LOVE the turquoise and the chalkboard idea!!

Blessings,
Linda

lynn said...

its awesome, anne! love that you took a basic cabinet and made it your own custom look:)

Lorrie said...

Beautiful job! Love the finish and color!

Anne said...

Anne,
I am loving that color!And that chalk board looks great with it too.So much fun to have those.
Anne

Tammy said...

Anne, I love it!!! Would you please come over and link up to my new Linky Party? @ http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/05/rustic-restorations-weekend-linky-party.html

I love the look of your blog too!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Another great project! You are amazing! When your done come over to my place.. ok? :)

Michele said...

your design work is stunning. really beautiful. glad to have hopped on over here from myric's blog! xo

Suffia said...

I love it white and love it even more in turquoise. Great transformation.

gail wilson said...

Anne,

I love the "final" (for now) cabinet color! the addition of the chalkboard is great!

gail

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this turned out awesome!! I agree the color is just great!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Love the color you choose for your cabinet! And I know what you mean about staying busy- I find that I can't stop working on projects and my list keeps growing!

EllenaElizabeth said...

I do love that finish of paint and I do love that colour. It's been one of my new favourites for about 12 months or so. Great work and thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

I love how that cabinet turned out! When you said you did the final layer with just random white streaks I wasn't real sure how that would turn out...but it looks amazing! Great job :)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Oh, who doesn't love a cabinet that makes one feel youthful! That may be just the inspiration I need to tackle my new bedroom dresser that will soon be marking a year of living in my family room! Yikes!

:)

Linda

Jody and Stan said...

The cabinet turned out stunning! Love the color and the chalkboard paint adds to it. I love it. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays...

Jody

Meg said...

It looks great girl! I'm such a sucker for chalkboard paint on ANYTHING! So whimsical!

XO

Stacey said...

That looks so pretty - what a lovely color!
Thanks for linking up!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Cindy said...

That's gorgeous! You have created a really pretty cabinet and vignette on top of it.
Hugs, Cindy

Jennifer said...

Hi Anne, I must confess that I never would have been creative enough to come up with the idea of adding the chalkboard paint to the cabinet fronts. It is such a fun idea and I like all the turquoise color that you have been using. It is a very trendy color.

Miss Charming said...

Such a beautiful color!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, gorgeous makeover! It's unrecognisable from the first shot. I really love what you've done with the chalkboards. Nice work, missus!

Sarahx

Marilyn said...

Looove this Ann, soooo pretty.. :)) very neat and nice work.. xoxoxo

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

You will be young forever Anne, because you are obviously a weekend warrior! haha

That pantry turned out great! It went from generic to fabulously unique!
Thank you for linking up to the "Cowgirl Up!" link party!
♥Linsey

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I love how it came out! Yay for you, Anne! :)
Hugs,
Zuzu

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful job, anne! and i love that you left the chalkboard you added there- it looks perfect!

Donna Heber said...

Wow, your cabinet looks fantastic! You sure are one busy lady.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

love this entire project but i am simply swoooooooooning over the color...FAB U LOUS!!!! hugs...

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

I love it! It looks so good. I'm glad you linked it up! I'm FBing it now!

Calypso In The Country said...

Love that chalkboard paint! The color on the cabinet is gorgeous!
-Shelley

Judy said...

I just LOVE the new color of your cabinet. It came out awesome. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign's Swing into Spring party.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

I completely understand the constant project house. We are the same way. Your cabinet turned out just beautiful. :) Megan

Tisha said...

Beautiful! I love how you did the layering - it's the perfect effect for that piece. I like the chalkboard paint and the change to the round knobs too. Thanks for linking up!

Lisa said...

Home made chalk paint is the best! Love the beautiful blue color!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Congrats! You're a feature this week!

http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/05/features-and-link-party.html

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Turquoise vs. Aqua...How did I miss this post.? The cabinet certainly gained "new life"...so that is why you feel "youthful" and superwoman like...Because as you know..You ARE "Aqua Woman"...

DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful transformation, Anne!

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow..beautiful color!!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I featured your Pantry today at Mod Mix Monday!


http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com/2012/05/mod-mix-monday-50.html

Katie Goldsworthy said...

That turned out so awesome! Featuring it tonight!

--Kaite

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Did you see you and I -- back to back -- at Creatively Living tonight?

We so very much rock!

Oh, and are you gonna enter my Pinterest contest thingy? I know there are so many crazy steps ... but, seriously, a $500 Visa gift card! Right? Super duper prize ...

:)

Linda

Cheyenne said...

Ah, I love this! Love the color! Love that it started out as a plain ol Ikea cabinet...gives me hope! ;)

Always nice to find a Canadian blogger, feels like meeting up with a neighbour!

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

SO pretty! i love that you refinished it twice! the aqua is so cute!

We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

Kathy Moreland said...

Perfect!!

ANNE said...

Aww you're sweet! Thank you!

Emerica said...

What is the paint color by the pantry cabinet??

ANNE said...

Behr Agave with white paint added in until I got a colour I liked.

Keri Roberts said...

Love that color!! Your cabinet looks terrific!!

ANNE said...

Thank you Keri!