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April 27, 2013

New Life For An Old Cabinet

My sister-in-law, Leonie, bought a new apartment recently which she is fixing up with only the help of one or two friends.  She decided to rip out most of the built-in cabinets, remove walls/windows and replacing them with sliding glass doors leading to a small garden.

When Roy and I finally got round to seeing her new place, half of the stuff had already been removed and either put on the pavement {which disappears very quickly in SA ! } or simply taken to the rubbish dump.

As we walked through, she showed me a few things that were just about on it's way out the door and to the pavement.  Well... by now, I totally accept the fact that I have turned into a junk hoarder !  {Never been, really !}  So, as we walked through the apartment, I grabbed some stuff and put it aside to take with us {of course Roy was rolling his eyes as he knew what was coming ... no wonder he did not show me the new place sooner ... mmm}.

Anyhow, I walked into the kitchen, and, already removed from the wall, I see this :

Looks bad, hey?  But, my mind was spinning !  I could see some new paint, knobs or handles, where I would put it ........  This was just about to hit the pavement, and I begged asked her very nicely to please hang on to it until we could get our trailer out there and load it. 

Now, Leonie is a real no-nonsense, no BS type of person {I say this in the nicest possible way!} ... I once saw her pulling a truck driver right out of his seat for reckless driving at a traffic light - when I asked Roy whether we should stop {we had just started dating, so I was not very familiar with his family ... come to think of it ... I still am not!} he just laughed and said she'll be fine!  Okay, I am rambling again - now this "baddie" sister-in-law of mine, immediately said yes, of course she will keep it for me AND when they did their final move, she would use that truck to bring the above cabinet and whatever else I wanted, which was too big for the car, in one trip !  Awesome, hey?  I might still not fully understand my in-laws, but I sure learnt their ways and how to love them many years ago.

First we removed the steel pipes dividing the two pieces, fixed the bottom door, some hinges which were damaged or plain just old and we also removed the knobs {they were awful and not even straight}
Roy then spray-painted the whole cabinet inside and outside using his compressor spray-gun {one uses much less paint, the result is smoother and above all it is quick!}

My lounge is {currently} shades of grey, some silver and lots, lots of glass all over - I have a weakness for anything glass ... but I think I mentioned that a couple of times already in previous posts... that's where the knobs come into play - but heck, what a mission !  We had gone to 3 major hardware stores and could not find what I wanted - until we were just about to leave the 3rd store ... the owner/manager approached us, and after telling him what I wanted and that he actually has one on display, but no stock, he called the guy in charge of that department and asked us whether we can wait a couple of minutes whilst this same guy he called, would quickly go to their supplier and pick up 12 for me.  Of course, we said yes and thank you, as this simply does not happen very often anymore - you either take what's there or put it on order {I do not do well with waiting on an order!} - he even offered us some coffee or tea whilst we were waiting.

Now, we had the knobs replaced, but I did not like the side - it looked too plain, especially as I spend a lot of time sitting almost next to the cabinet's new place {see on the left is a glass side table - now more to the left is my spot }  that's where I think up all these mad ideas,  do all my online stuff, sometimes even crafts! Soooo, what do I do??? Paint, yes ... what? ... don't know ... and then I just started taping and painting some squares in a color Roy mixed for me - it's a dark grey, charcoal color.

And a last look at the BEFORE and the AFTER.
What do you think, yes, no or maybe ....?

I will soon show you what I have planned for this cabinet !  

Now, the only other thing, bothering me {for months now} is an accent color for the lounge - adding/changing color to the smaller, inexpensive stuff, as I change my color schemes within months and sometimes even within weeks ...  soon as I figured out the color and we finish some other pieces in the lounge, I will show you the full lounge {but I like to jump from room to room, finishing/adding bit by bit to the rooms as we go along and different inspirations hit me - do not expect a full reveal soon!}

Ciao for now,

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  1. Gosh Linda! You are so creative ..... I bet you are loving all the new storage space :)

  2. What a great piece of furniture!
    Love all those shutter doors!
    It'll never stop amazing me - never - what paint can do :)

  3. great job Linda, amazing would not know it was the same one!

  4. Great job. This is such an interesting piece of furniture it would have been a shame not to rescue it. My dad had kitchen units like this (except yellow - wow) in his flat when he first moved in. Am now kicking myself for not liberating them while I had the chance.

  5. Wow! Love how a little paint can have such a BIG impact.. it looks amazing!
    Hope you hop over and share with my Pink Hippo Party @
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  6. What a stunning makeover! I love the color you chose! I also love that you took something old and worn and gave it new life--so beautiful! I popped over from Making the World Cuter--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  7. WOW! This looks amazing! I love the color! You did an awesome job! Pinning! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  8. What a beautiful transform! I love the color, too.
    I'm visiting you today from Give Me The Goods. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Tile Photo Coasters ~ Gift Idea

  9. It's gorgeous now! You did a great job!

  10. Wow, what a transformation. It looks fabulous!

  11. have outdone yourself on this one! So awesome! Can't believe you saved this from the rubbish dump!

  12. What a great job! I would have grabbed it too. Awesome!

  13. Linda -- what a great transformation - so smart of you to see the potential! Love the color! Thanks for much for sharing on busy Monday!

    A Pinch of Joy/

  14. It's so much fun to see the before and after pics- good job- love the new look!

  15. Hi! Loved, loved, loved this project so much! It will be featured on my blog tomorrow! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  16. That cabinet looks fantastic! Wow! I'm sharing it on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

  17. Wow, what a huge difference! And a beautiful one, at that! Great job, I love how it turned out!
    Saw you sharing at StoneGable TTT
    Debbie :)

  18. Oh me oh my, Linda! I barely recognize it as the same cabinet!!! You are an artist!!!
    Keep ‘em coming… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle Boutique

  19. You already know I love this piece! Just wanted to say thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! We love having you party with us and can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  20. Truly inspiring! I thought I was pretty good with being able to see the potential in trash, but wow ~ not like this! Just beautiful!

  21. Hi Linda,

    This is a great transformation! I really like it without those metal bars and the color you used. I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  22. Wow it's just beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up to The Gathering Spot this week.

  23. This turned out great. I love the makeover. Thanks for sharing. :)

  24. LOVE IT Linda!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream to Reality! Can't wait to see what you share tomorrow evening!

  25. Looks amazing as usual! Where do you find the time Linda?
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party :)
    I look forward to seeing what you share this week.
    Marigolds' Loft

  26. Linda, you are so amazing!! I am featuring you later today at Pick of the Bunch! I love this. Thank you so much for sharing each week at A Bouquet of Talent.

  27. I love the color! Great job! Featuring you tomorrow!


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