Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kitchen Cupboard




I've got another project I can check off! Well, I do still need some magnetic latches for the doors, but I'm not running to the store just for those! We are slowly fixing our kitchen up - in reverse order, I suppose! I'm not going to do drywall in here, because I'm going to plaster over the paneling that is there. I did this in our bathroom a few years ago and I love it. You can see our beautiful subfloor under the cupboard, part of doing things in reverse. I've monkeyed around for several years now, trying to find a cheap, yet efficient storage solution for this space. You can see in the bottom right of the picture, the corner of our current sink/cupboard area. It used to wrap around to the door to the left of the hutch - with no back door in the kitchen. It amazes me when houses have no back door, how shut off the back yard feels! David thought I was a little nuts when I asked him to rip them out when we wouldn't be able to replace them for a while, but I wanted some time to live with it, and figure out what I did want there. 
Source: Ikea
We started out with some shelving like these ikea shelves, though side by side, not so tall. I had some more cubby type shelves on top, but it wasn't terribly practical. Unfortunately I have no pictures of it to show. Recently I decided to just start building up what I had, using the bottom shelves and as much scrap as I could. 

 I wanted it raised, as the heat register is under, so I chopped these pieces of an old headboard/footboard up for feet.



The only new pieces for this were five 1x8's at about $9 a board = around $45. We had everything else on hand from other projects. The 1x8's that make the upper sides and top were ripped of our house, while prepping to rebuild our porch! I framed the existing shelves with scraps of pine, cedar fencing, mystery wood that was in our scrap bin, then added a new, more solid top, and made doors to fit. The doors were made from the leftover bits that are left when making larger cuts on other projects. The hinges were recently removed from a rabbit hutch that my husband dismantled once we were done (for the time being) with rabbits. The knobs were from a vanity that I'll show in a later project, that used to be in middle daughter's room. Lesson: don't throw things away! Being a *bit* of a hoarder can be a good thing! Since there is paneling on the wall, I took advantage, and it is now the backing, looking like boards now that it is painted. 


 Here's a close up of how badly someone can actually mess up mixing paint - both those colors are the "same" color. The darker gray-white is what we painted the kitchen when we bought it 11 years ago. After my oldest nearly caught the kitchen on fire, I went to get more mixed, as I had over the years for touching up. There were usually two men there to mix paint, but once I had to have a woman who worked there do it, and she seriously messed up. Well, she was the only one there this time, and the paint speaks for itself. After this, I just left the kitchen alone for a while. And didn't go back to that other place. Which is now closed.


I've had these napkins for a long time now, knowing I would never use them as napkins, but not sure what to do with them, until I saw Kristin's  vintage napkin bunting. I added some vintage yellow rick rack to the blank half.

These are hand stitched so beautifully - they are almost as beautiful on the back side!



My kitchen canisters from Ross are getting a makeover, too. I found a site,  The Decal Cottage, that has some wonderful decals! I'm having a difficult time deciding which ones I want.

I found this adorable toy mixer at Goodwill!


David got these spice jars for me when he had to go out of town for work once. Too bad he doesn't get to go out of town more often, heehee! Okay, I prefer him home. I've seen red versions of these - Soulemama found some while she was out thrifting, and I've seen them on The Mentalist, twice! We laughed pretty hard at that, because likely very few people noticed the same set in two different episodes. There was a third set that I saw somewhere, but of course can't remember now. Although I love the red, they have sticker labels, which I would unfortunately end up scrubbing them off (unintentionally). I am so happy to have the kind of cupboard I really wanted in here. I love shallow storage that allows me to see what I have and not lose so much! I really love seeing other bloggers that build like I do, and getting to share all of our projects with each other!



Linking up with:  Beyond The Picket Fence                                                                                                                            Miss Mustard Seed
                         The Shabby Nest                                                                                                                                         Revisionary Life: Thrifty Thursday


15 comments:

  1. How I wish I have your DIY and building skills! We could actually do with some- we have lots of things that need fixing in our house. Anyway, you've made a lovely dresser and I love all your jars and canisters on display. And I love your vintage napkins bunting too! x

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  2. I bet you could do it! My skills are pretty basic, but since they are perfect for the rustic decor I like! I love finding a way to use mostly a chop saw (miter saw), it's the easiest thing to use- I am determined to teach my mom, too!

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  3. Michelle, this is fantastic! I wish I had room for something like this in my kitchen. I'd build one tonight if I did! Great job.

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    1. I know what you mean, there are so many things I would love to add, but when there's no where to put them... *sigh*.

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  4. I have a galley kitchen, but have always wanted a kitchen dresser like this. You are very creative and clever. I love a girl who can take a board and build a cupboard!

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    1. Thank you! I kinda wish it hadn't taken me so long, but it seems this has been the year I've come across the "right" bloggers - the kind that are so creative and encouraging!

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  5. Very nice job Michelle. Great looking and so serviceable for your kitchen. The napkin bunting just tops it off perfectly. Found you over at Revi's Thrifty Thursday.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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    1. The below thank you was for you, not sure why I didn't hit reply when doing so. Must have been tired!

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  6. Thank you so much! I was by your blog earlier, I love it - though I can't remember if I left a comment yet or not. I was on too many earlier, and left several tabs open to go back to! ;-)

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  7. Impressive! I have those Ikea shelves in my living room until I can find or make some nicer ones...
    I am going to feature this tonight! Thanks for sharing it at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday. :)
    -Revi

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  8. Hi, I hopped over from Revi's blog. This cupboard is amazing! It looks antique. Never would know that you created it. I love farmhouse style and we recently finished our basement kitchen farmhouse. Love the bunting and that childs mixer is just precious. I collect old toys. I have a few odds and ends of those spice jars. To have an entire collection is fabulous!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. Could not see where to follow you.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to go see your blog! I do have a bloglovin' button up under my profile in my sidebar, I've got to hook up with google still, I put if off because of an incident with one of my sons trying to do something with one of their accounts, google connected his stuff and mine, and to delete it would delete my blog, too, ugh. Still, it's been so fun meeting new people, that I think I'll take the plunge!

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  10. Oh, my goodness!! You've created the perfect farmhouse cupboard! I wish I had room in our small kitchen for a fabulous piece like this! You've styled it to perfection, too, Michelle.

    Vickie

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