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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

When Hubby Is Away...

I Shall Redecorate.

A few weeks ago, I decided my boring storage cabinet needed an update. And not just any update. It needed bright blue chalkboards!!! And a cork board and a schedule.

The outside of the cupboard, pre-Reno

The first thing I had to do was quite boring. I had to take the backing off and fix one of the shelves that was in backwards (yes I may have a bit of OCD). Then I had to put the backing back on, with no nails poking through to the front.

Next I took the doors off and collected all my supplies. I choose a stunning bright blue paint- called cool cobalt. I just love the name.


Ready, Set, Go


After sanding the panels and taping the panels, I began painting. Since I could only find chalkboard paint in very dull boring colors, I chose to go with regular paint, and a clear chalkboard coating. It took 2 coats of the stunning blue, then 3 coats of the chalkboard coating. The chalkboard coating I got from Hobby Lobby.

The doors drying away in my living room

While the paint was drying, I installed a cork board panel to the back of the cabinet, as well as a dry erase weekly calendar. I organized my paper crafting goodies and shipping supplies on the top shelves. On the top of the cabinet are my photo supplies, bulkier display pieces that I use regularly, my toaster oven, and baby crock pot for pickling jewelry. On the lower shelves are my cricut, more beads, polymer clay supplies, metalworking supplies, and other odds and ends. I really need to go through the bins and organize and purge. In front of the cabinet you can see my craft table and my rolling storage cart full of beads and findings and supplies.

My Little corner of the guest room.

Here you can see an up close view of the cabinet, with the pretty blue doors, and the corkboard and planner along the back.
My beautiful updated cupboard.
What do you think?


22 comments:

  1. Wooow !!! I love it :) Great idea to paint it as a chalkboard ... perfect for To Do lists and such <3

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    1. I love HGTV, and they are always painting chalkboard walls, and I thought it would be perfect for my cabinet!

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  2. I LOVE your cupboard...and the "I <3 PFT" on the inside too. I love that you chose blue, it's my favorite color. Nice update Turtle!!!

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    1. HAD to put I ♥ PFT!!! I mean really, how could I not?
      And blue is my absolute favorite color too!

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  3. Wow, creative and talented! Looks great.

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  4. I had no idea the chalkboard paint came in clear! Very clever!! I love it!

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    1. I had no idea either! I was looking for the small containers by Martha Stewart, but couldn't find them anywhere. I happened to come across the coating, and was so excited, since I could go to the hardware and get a sample size of ANY color I wanted, and use that as the base, then just put the clear chalkboard coat on top!

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  5. I think you are amazing, that is what I think!

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    1. ♥ you and think you are amazing too!!

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  6. Turtle, you are fantastic! There's no way I could do that (successfully). Such talent!

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    1. Oh yes you could do it! Its really easy!! The panels were recessed, so I just had to put the tape on, and paint the predetermined area!

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  7. Wow! Very creative!
    We love you too :)

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  8. I so envy you having such an organized space!

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    1. Well, I did clean the table up a lot for the photos :)

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  9. Unique Cozy Treasures - Very nice! I'm sure it's great to be so organized.

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  10. Wow - LOVE it! So organized and love the PFT token!

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