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Monday, April 4, 2011

Not Going ‘GREEN’…Going BLUE! Cabinet make over

I have had a couple of different projects sitting in my garage that I have been working on here and there.

Today I am happy to say that I have finished them all up, and am sharing one with you! I even remembered to take some photos to share the process I used to fix them up!


This cabinet was a throw away item from a girlfriend who was moving into a new house. She thought maybe I would be able to bring it up to date, and called me.


It has had a long hard life. It had several deep scratches on the sides, and there was damage to the doors, such as glass missing and the frames cracked. It might look good in the photos, but trust me…it wasn’t so pretty up close.


I especially hate the pressboard backing…ewe!


It is horrible!!! YA it is!!!


I got an inspiration…and set my mind to sanding it down to the naked wood. How long could it take??? I have a power sander! Shouldn’t take too long…right?




All sanded! I managed to get it looking pretty good…sanded out MOST of the deeper scratches and tried to repair the doors as best I could…(I don’t want perfect…this is a Tootsie project remember???)


Ta-Da! It seems like magic! Took no time at all right? lol It took me 5 1/2 hours to sand this cabinet down! I had the shop vac running the entire time, and the kids would pop in and clean up for me here and there…but there was still a LOT of sanding dust all over the inside of the garage…ugh..


Once I was satisfied with the sanding, I set my eyes on the new look I would be giving this piece.

I chose to stain a fun color this time! I have two homes for this cabinet: There is Grammie and Grampie’s shoe store, which has beautiful navy blue sofas for the customers to try on shoes…or…my son’s bedroom. He needs somewhere to house his PS3 among other things.

I decided that since I have never used a water based stain before, I would use this cabinet as a test piece.

I put the rubber gloves on…dusted off the pieces, and opened my stain. Dipped my inexpensive rag into the stain and set about rubbing it onto the wood.


Man was this cabinet thirsty!!! The stain was soaking in so fast that it was drying almost as fast as I could apply it!


I rubbed two coats onto the piece before I was done with the stain.


I left it overnight to dry out a little more before I decided what else it needed. I think it is a little TOO blue for the store…the furniture in there is a lot darker blue. It needs to fit in…not stick out like a sore thumb!!!

Think Tootsie….THINK!


AH HA! I know what to do!!!

I grabbed my trusty can of glossy black oil based paint that I always keep on hand. What! Doesn’t everyone have a can or two of paint on hand…’just in case’? Ya…ya..I know…*)

I put my gloves back on, and grabbed a fresh rag. I dipped and rubbed and dipped and rubbed until I had covered the entire piece with black. I didn’t cover every single inch…I just washed it on as if I was wiping it off. I didn’t apply the black paint too heavy, as I didn’t want it to completely hide the blue…just darken it.

The wood was still very thirsty, so it was easy to apply. Just rub it on a little thicker…and then wipe it off! Easy Peazy! I wiped until I was happy with the color…and walked away to wait for it to dry.

Once dry, I took a rag to it and dusted and rubbed and wiped it off…Grammie doesn’t want it to have a sealer on it yet…we need to make sure it is the right color…so it will stay this way for now. The paint treatment didn’t rub off when I pressed down on it…so I am sure it will be fine even if it never gets a coat of sealer.


The doors have been decked out with some very pretty handles.


The pressed board from the back was never put back into place. I was going to put some embossed wallpaper on it, and paint it black, so as to hide the pressed board …and give it a more formal look, but Grammie asked me not to least not yet.


She wants to have the option to have the cabinet to be free standing in her store…(not against the wall, but instead out in the middle of the floor) She also wants it to serve as a display piece…but not offer cover to shoplifters. So…it will be a backless cabinet…sort of.

It looks good without the back. The plant behind gives some interest and more light gets through the cabinet. This is always a good thing when you are displaying …


Fabulous shoes and purses!!!!


I am sure that if the need ever comes to put a solid back on it…Grampie will have it covered…He’s pretty handy!


…well after he naps…haha…

ACTUALLY…the store was very busy this day, so we came back after hours to merchandise the cabinet.

Grampie was keeping an eye on the kids….


(…ya…no wonder they love him so much…he is their favorite toy…)

At one point I suggested that she didn’t have to keep the cabinet…I offered to take it home with me…and Grammie got all kung foo on me:


I choppa you!!!

I guess she can keep it…I wouldn’t mess with her…or…


or him…(Yes..he changed locations…)

I am happy with the way it turned out…I think it looks great in her store.

Grammie seems happy too!


Now every time she walks past it…she can think of me…and maybe …just maybe she will fill that cabinet with shoes and bags that are not for sale…they are reserved for Tootsie! *) right Grammie???

When she’s sick of using it…I’ll bring it home and let my son use it in his room…or maybe give it another make over…who knows…?

I am glad that the cabinet has a new home. It could go anywhere in here…


If you can’t find a pair of shoes in this place…you might not have feet! We found several pairs this visit:


Cute? yes….yes they are!

And that is the story of the little blue cabinet make-over.

Until next time, happy decorating!

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spearmint baby said...

this is awesome!!

found you on the blog hop! i'm your newest follower ;)) shari

onlymehere said...

What a great job you did and it looks perfect in the store! You always inspire me with your projects. Hope all is going well up there for you. We had snow today so no flowers here for awhile.

momstheword said...

How fun to have grandparents that own a SHOE store! That's awesome!

Your grandma is a very smart woman, I think not having a back to it will deter shoplifters, as she said, but I also love how it lets in the light.

You are amazing, as usual! Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

What a makeover!Looks fantastic!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Great makeover those handles!!! I enjoyed seeing your shoe store and parents!!!

Phyllis said...

You are very talented and have a great eye for design. The finished piece is perfect for the shoe store...which, by the way, looks like a fantastic place to shop. I want to visit there.....saw a pair of shoes that I might have to buy.

Kristin said...

What a great makeover! I love the colour!

aidensmom said...

OMG! Girl I love it!! Your amazing!! You just gave me an idea for my old dresser. Yay! lol

Mel Cole said...

Wow amazing :) I like the way you arranged your bags and shoes in it. Nice colors you have chosen as well. Dropping by here today Tootsie :)

Darla said...

I just watched the minwax guy staing furniture green the other day on t.v....I love the look of the backless cabinet. Your parents are so cute! I'll take the first pair of shoes you featured in your double collage...

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a fabulous idea! Wish I had one of those for my room. Wish I had some of those shoes and purses.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Great idea for a display case, and I think the blue is dramatic. All over-the-top shoes deserve a perch like this! Very fun!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I love what you did with the cabinet! What a wonderful looking shoe store, my kind of place.


molly susan strong said...

Outstanding transformation. it is just fabulous. Thanks for coming by. new follower too!

p3chandan said...

It looks great without the back, the shinning handles give the cabinet a kind of vintage look and just nice for display in your parents show store. Great job!

Anna said...

It looks great! You did a wonderful job! :)

Willow said...

You have turned it into a piece of art now. I just love it. Great job.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Great job! I luv it.

I need one of those naps!!!

Julia@PolkaDotGaloshes said...

Love your re-do! Great job with giving it new life, only problem is its not in my home ;)well done!!

Alex said...

Hey there! Awesome blog! I am your newest follower from the blog hop and cannot wait to read more! :) Your blog looks great! I would love a follow back!

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Opal Stevens said...

I'm following from the Meet Us Monday blog hop! Hoping you can return the favor :)!

The Whimsical Wife said...

Hi dropping in from the whimsical wife - thanks for your lovely comments. I love what you have done with the cabinet - how classy does it look!

Lisa Grace said...

Very cute! I love it :) I keep saying I'm going to refinish something in black, but I never do. Now I want to yet again; I have been inspired!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Beautifuk makeover! i loved that you used what you had♥
No ugly duckling anymore!

TexaGermaNadian said...

Too cute! You did a great job on it. And love the pics of gramps taking a snooze :)

Karen said...

Tootsie, you never fail to amaze me. What a beautiful makeover and you make it look so easy, it's a good thing you showed us how much work and time went into this piece so we can appreciate the hard work. I think the cabinet works so well in the shoe store; very, very well!!

siteseer said...

your energy amazes me. I have so many projects and I seem to be in a funk and just don't feel like working. I should get going though since it will be warm soon and I'll want to be outside in the garden.

Deborah Ann said...

Hi! Followed you on the blog hop trail. Hoping you'll follow me back, as I only follow those who return the favor.

P.S. Please leave a comment, so I know it was you!

Sonia said...

Love what you did with the cabinet..hilarious play by play description in the store with Grammie!!! Loved it to pieces! LOL!!!

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mrs.shopper said...

following u from Canadian hop. new gfc member . Love the handles on that cabinet. Mrs.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Beautiful makeover! Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!