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)!
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