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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cabinet Painting After All

All this talk of painting cabinets and don't you know I had to go and paint one. As for the kitchen cabinets, not at this time.

This cabinet was a gift from dear friends who were married around 1940. They purchased a dining room set about that time and this is the only piece left. They gave me the buffet, the table, the chairs, and this. I had no idea what to do with the gift as I found the set too dark and too big. The buffet was dispatched as quickly as I could. Now I see all sorts of them on gals' blogs beautifully painted and looking fantastic. The table broke and went on its way. All the chairs, save for one, did as well. So this is all that remains. In its original state it was a deep, deep brown. What you see here represents my sister's and my feeble attempts to do something, anything, that would make it more presentable. I haven't liked it much either. So last night I decided to tame down the panels.

From what I'm seeing in these pictures...pictures reveal things in clearer ways sometimes...it's going to get some more taming down. Perhaps once January comes, it'll get the ale or the poppy treatment. (See earlier in the week's post on painting kitchen cabinets.) In the meantime, I'll tame this down one more time, then trace the words "Give" on the left side and "Thanks" on the right side. Look for it in a future post.

Are you all crazy busy with Thanksgiving plans? I've shopped twice this week. Why doesn't Wal*Mart carry everything one could need? I had to visit Shaw's to purchase those small white onions that my family loves. This morning finds me making place cards. It's so much easier when each person knows where s/he is sitting.

Don't forget Karen's A Christmas Fair tomorrow! I've been busily planning that, too.

Have a great Thursday!

Edited to Add: Found a font that I liked, printed it off, traced it on the cabinet, and painted over the top of the tracing. I like the "give." Hate the "thanks." Sigh. If the river wasn't so cold, I'd consider pitching myself off the bridge. There's always more paint. %/ Sigh.

Edited to Add AGAIN: Friday, November 21, 2008 @ 10 am...

And the saga continues...

Last night, I was wailing explaining about my dilemma. John, bless his heart, came to the rescue.

I couldn't understand what had gone wrong, but now see that I was not faithful to the font. I had struck off on my own. There's a lesson here somewhere!

At last, some success!

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions. Next time, I will follow them! For a while, I thought that I might paint the word "up" instead.

Best wishes to A Woman Who Is who happens to be in the throes of this right now. :D Hope that she blogs about it!


  1. Hello dear Vee, just want to wish you and yours a very warm and Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for bringing joy to my heart each time you leave a comment. You are such a sweet-as-pie gal!
    warm hugs back!!
    P.S. love the cupboard!

  2. What a beautiful cabinet...can't wait to see what else you do to it! Don't get me started on the grocery shopping, I don't think one stop shopping exists anywhere!

  3. oh I love original pieces of furniture. . .and what fun to try different finishes on it. ..it's looking fine, all the best with the rest of your prep.

  4. Hi Vee,
    That cabinet is looking great! I look forward to seeing it finished.

    I did half of my shopping for Thanksgiving last week and tomorrow I am doing the rest.

  5. The cabinet is beautiful and I can't wait to see it finished

  6. Place cards!! I bought my sweet potatoes....and I'm working on my beaded acorns for decor.

    I guess we won't have enough people to worry about place cards but that would be sweet!

  7. I love the cabinet Vee; can't wait to see the final results. I'm having 25 for Thanksgiving and won't shop until Saturday a.m. I must be nuts! Hopefully Shaws isn't out of those all important boiling onions when we arrive. Nana will NOT be happy! I'm thoroughly excited about Karen's Christmas Fair--looking forward to your contribution to the event! ~Kathy

  8. Vee...
    I love the cabinet...and i have the perfect place for it too!!! LOL
    Can't wait to see what else you do with it.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  9. I love the cabinet. One stop shopping is a thing of the past. If you want to shop without spending lots of bucks, you go where the sales are!

  10. Your cabinet is gorgeous! I'd never have know it was once dark. I'm looking forward to see what comes next for it.

    I sent my husband shopping at Walmart this morning for our Thanksgiving supplies. They had no regular College Inn Chicken Broth and no cranberry sauce in a can. Oh, I wouldn't serve the canned stuff for Thanksgiving. That's just for me, all mine, for leftovers.

  11. Vee, you just crack me up!!!!! I love the antique wash!! If you're not pleased with the wording you painted I think the craft stores have these peel and stick letters now that can easily be removed if you'd like to change your message! I love "Give Thanks" though ~ xxoo, Dawn

  12. What a great cabinet and love the font you found.
    I've been Thanksgiving grocery shop twice since Monday and each time bought a turkey at the sale price when you spend so many dollars...put them in the freezer for this winter...and I still am going to another market again and probably bring home another tom.

  13. The cabinet looks so nice the way you painted it -- very early American milk paint look! Nice idea to add the words too -- they look great!

    Looking forward to your Christmas fair tomorrow!

    Hugs, Pat

  14. I adore the writing you did on the cabinet and the idea of making placecards. I have Thanksgiving and Christmas pictures for our little ones to color...m...

  15. The cabinet is great...I love it! And with paint...it's easy enough to change the look anytime you want. (That coming from someone who never changes anything up!)

    I'm back home...and catching up on life in your part of the world. I must admit that I did peek in on you a few times while on vacation...I just can't stay away for long!

  16. Wow, I can't believe that was a dark cabinet..you did great at lightening it up!


  17. Oh Vee I am in the middle of a painting mess...doing a secretarial in the same color...kid you not. Only mine has been sitting all over the garage and unfinished due to a bad case of the flu. My cabinet was originally mahogany. Oh what a mess, I am up to… kid you not, six coats.

    I have a terrible feeling if I go down and read the comments to your first post on the project, I will find what I did wrong =/

  18. All I have to say is that is one sweet man you have there...I just love him!

    It turned out beautiful Vee. I am heading out to the garage today (feeling much better today) as soon as the temp gets about 50. I will take some pictures...it is a bit of a mess, but I am encouraged by your perseverance =]

  19. I think the cabinet looks great as it is! Love the give thanks on it!


  20. One stop shopping, boy I wish I could do that! I am not and never will be a shopper :). I love the font, it's my kind! Your cabinets are awesome! I've never been a big wood tone fan but I love what you and John have done!

  21. What a lovely idea and a constant reminder.


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