a little aqua cabinet

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I’ve had this little cabinet for a few years now and its been through a few incarnations. When I got it it had an awful, damaged, laminate top which I replaced with beadboard to start with. Then I painted it white with a crackle effect and used it as my bedside table for a while.

When we moved to the farm it ended up in the shed gathering dust.

Firstly, I disliked the crackle effect – it just wasn’t quite right. Then I disliked the legs I’d put on it – they were the wrong style but they were all I had at the time.

A little while ago I decided it was time for a makeover. I love the retro glass door and even the original liner, but I decided it needed new legs, a new handle and a new colour to make it pop.

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First I looked for legs among my collection of junk handy things and found these lightly tapered 60’s style legs. I painted them black to go with the silver and black handle I chose.

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I mixed paint using what I had on hand, making my own chalk paint by adding fine unsanded grout. I find this works great and gives a lovely finish. It also allows for a chippy look with use, giving it a natural worn look rather than a purposefully distressed one.

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The paper inside is a bit ripped, but its clean and has been glued down – plus it has touches of the aqua which ties it in nicely.

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I love the contrast between the aqua and the black. No one can accuse this of being a boring little cabinet any more!

Oh, and please excuse the filthy floor. It was raining and the only place I could take these photos at the time was the grooming room between customers.

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2 thoughts on “a little aqua cabinet

  1. Love it! I like cabinets with windows! No need to open other doors when you can see what you are looking for!

    We just purchased a long, low dresser (definitely 50s/60s vintage) with 9 drawers and legs just like your cabinet has. It’s also about the same color. We are going to use it for the TV and to store our CDs. First, we need to get the moth ball smell out of it!!!

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  2. Good buy! I’ve had to get musty smells out of things before. I’ve used those moisture absorber things from the supermarket, then threw in a packet of whole cloves and sprinkled in vanilla. A friend of mine puts in incense sticks. Try it all!

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