YOu can fix it!!
Have you ever seen a cabinet or dresser that doesn't have a drawer and you loved the rest of it, but thought you couldn't buy it because it has no drawer? well I saw this cabinet and it had no drawer , but I immediately thought wait I can put a shelf there and that's what we did. With the help of my husband we made a new shelf to replace the missing drawer. We used Ryobi tools and Wise Owl paint. Below is the picture of the cabinet and the headboard we used to make the shelf. If you have solid wood headboards or pieces of wood you haven't used yet, use them to make the shelf.
This is the headboard we used, we then used a sawsal to cut the posts off.
You are going to then use a square to line off where you are cutting, make sure you have measured the size of shelf you need for the inside of your cabinet.
You then have cut your board to size. You can sand it down if you want and re stain or leave as is if it matches what you're creating.
You can trim your edges and shape them with your router. The bit used was roman ogey. I think thats how you spell it lol.
then you can stain it like i did to match the inside above. There were two previous drawer stoppers where the drawer used to be so my husband added two divets in the shelf so that we could hammer it down and the stoppers would go into the wood. Then you seal and let it cure. I made sure i had painted the whole inside of where the shelf was going. I used Wise Owl white primer, Wise Owl paint in Citron and Wise Owl satin varnish. Wise Owl products are here on my website or my Etsy shop. Thank you for reading
HOW TO CREATE A HUTCH INTO A CABINET
Hello everyone. Lets get started with this cabinet. First of all you do not need to have a cabinet that looks like this one, you could have a hutch top that is any style, but it does need to be flat on the bottom. It cant work if it’s a top of a hutch that doesn’t have the flat bottom and only has the wood arms at the sides. That won’t work.
So if you have the flat bottom top then you can start working on it. Second thing you need to do is take out all the glass panels. This is so you aren’t painting on the glass. This is how it looked when I had painted it years ago..... So the picture below is when I first started painting it green, it was originally brown wood and then years ago I painted it white with wax. It has been in my living room for a long time and I decided to switch it up.
Now I wanted to have it higher so it needed legs of course so that it could a functional cabinet and cute looking. It's gotta be cute right? Once you take the glass panels out you are going to prime your piece if its original wood. I suggest clear primer or you can use white. This white paint was my base coat. Yes you can paint over years of a wax finish without sanding, but give it a little scuff. Once you've done your prep work, ( you can learn about priming and tips in my tutorial)
You paint the entire piece in your choice of colour. I used Country Chic paint in Fireworks and a touch of sparklers. You're probably going to do about 3 coats of the green which is what I did.
Remove your inside light and make sure you have the back off so you can paint behind and in front of the cabinet to reach all areas. You will then make your back by using wood boards, you can use any wood from Lowes and they have wood that is already stained. if you have an open top like mine did and you don't like it then you can also cut boards to fit the top. see pictures. Once you've put the back on and created the top you can start to make the legs. Here is where my Husband helped me and he made the legs for me. Depending on what tools you have you can router the wood to create round legs or different shapes and sizes. If you don't want to make them Lowes sells table legs but I found them a bit pricey and that is why we chose to make them. The legs we decided on are more square with a rim. Attach your legs and paint them. Once you've done this your cabinet is ready to seal. I sprayed my Wise Owl satin varnish on using my Homeright super max sprayer, but you can brush it on with a Cling On brush F40 or F50 if you don't have a sprayer. You let your topcoat settle and then place all the glass panels back in. Your cabinet is ready to rock and roll!!!! .
Vanity into night stands
Hey guys, hope you are all having a wonderful week. I finally have this blog post up yayyyyyy. Summer is still busy and going strong here in our household. All camps are done for July and we are free for August fun to do what we like. For me that's mostly painting he he he but also lots of cottage time for the family. We had an awesome long weekend at the cottage, how about you? How was your long weekend?
Let's get started on this transformation shall we, I'm sure that's why you are here right? well I picked up this vanity and I can't remember from where as we had picked up several pieces and one being another vanity around this time. I was finding lots of vanities to transform to tables during that month which was an odd thing as they are hard to find especially when you really are looking. Lucky me though I managed to snag this one and i visioned night stands because the sides were nice a tall and that is what everyone wants these days.
To start of with we removed the mirror and the middle section, WE meaning Mr Lubbly Jubbly and I. This was easy because the back part and middle had screws so it just had to be undone but it did leave gapes in the sides, which we filled in using wood filler. The sides were then sanded down to a smooth finish.
Now once the vanity was separated each table needed a fourth leg, now this is not my expertise area, this would be Mr Lubbly Jubbly but he did tell me what he did and I watched to see how it went. He took two pieces of wood and measured the other two that were attached at the back so that they would be the same height and smooth finish so that the tables wouldn't be wobbly. luckily they fit right into the empty slots where legs would go and they were glued and nailed in.
For these tables i wanted a little extra height so Mr Lubbly Jubbly made two new tops for them which were sanded and stained.
It was time to paint them and I used Jolie paint for these two in Eucalyptus which is a soft green almost beige. I painted the original tops because they show underneath still.
You can see above I was painting them on my dining room table ha ha. That table certainly needs a redo that's for sure. Ok back to the night stands. Once painted I brushed General Finishes high performance topcoat in satin on the entire tables. Once the table top stain was dry i sealed with the topcoat I used on the tables. I then staged and lined the drawers with paper and that is how you can turn a vanity into night stands. I understand it can be overwhelming and if you don't have help with them like i did, so you can ask me anything and I will advise you in what to do. Have a lovely day guys
before and after wardrobe
Hello everyone. Recently I picked up this wardrobe at Value Village. I rarely find good pieces there that are somewhat in tact, but this time I went I found two that were in great condition and perfect for the colour's I wanted to use on them. This wardrobe was painted in Country Chic paint in piece of cake. It is a beautiful colour that has received lots of attention and love. It has a grey undertone to it and light purple, almost looks like a metallic is in it.
To start off with a piece like this one you need to inspect it. You are looking for peeling veneer, chips or holes that may need filling or any part of it that you feel would need fixing. This piece was in great condition apart from the very underneath has trim and it had peeling veneer around the entire trim area. So I scraped off bits hanging and jagged and wood filled it along the edges. Then I had help with tipping the wardrobe onto it's back so that I could get underneath and see properly. You can't really see this part at all when its standing up but you don't want to leave something like that in bad condition even if it is an unseen area. Once the wood filler was dry I used my orbitol sander to sand down the entire trim area so that it was flat and smooth.
Once all the fixing parts were fixed I then cleaned my whole wardrobe with a mix of vinegar and lemon. Then I primed 2-3 coats of primer. You can do two coats depending on the bleed through occurring. Then once it was primed and dried I then started the fun stuff by painting. I did three coats of paint and then sealed with a clear topcoat. I used Wise Owl furniture salve in Noir Moon for the cedar lined wardrobe area. Thank you for reading and enjoy painting.
A great before and after
Hello everyone, hope you are all having a great week. I have been busy painting away and renewing this piece. What a transformation my friends. Let me tell you its been alot of work, but the end result is amazing. It's been quite fun to see it change and how it turned out.,not so much fun with the work but it turned out better than i expected. There was a lot of sanding involved which we used our orbitol sander and we had to put new sides on this piece because the original sides had peeled and we didnt want to sand away the veneer to much. I used my homeright sprayer for this one because it had lots of slots and i wanted to get every inch covered. I used Wise Owl paint in antique villa and sealed it with Wise Owl satin varnish. The drawers were sanded down and restained with Minwax stain in Espresso. All the hardware is new except the door handles. Oh and we replaced the glass so that had to be cut and fitted. Overall this cabinet turned out amazing and it is sold. Scroll down to see the after.
have a lovely weekend everyone