The Pantry Joins In

One of my co-workers asked me today if I ever rest on the weekend... this was a question I asked myself this past weekend when I was ripping up the tile floor as part of my bathroom reno, painting the mudroom & laundry room, and spending 2 1/2 hours in Home Depot picking out plumbing supplies and the new floor for my bathroom.  Why? I ask myself.  Why can't I stop working on this house???

The first reason is that I am so inspired by all the blog posts and pictures on Pinterest that I can't wait to jump in with both feet.  The second reason is that during the months when the weather is cool (April & May are still cool-ish here), I can work like gangbusters on projects.  Once the temperature starts getting warm to hot, I lose all my energy and things progress at a snail's pace.   In addition to those reasons, I offer a quote from Pearl Buck "To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth."  With the amount of joy I feel working on and finishing these projects, I will be youthful forever!!!

So, what else have I been up to?  I painted my pantry cabinet!! AGAIN!
                                                                                            
Here is the original cabinet (a Leksvik children's wardrobe) which I first painted with Ben Moore Snow White.



OK, the white was just way too stark for me, so I embellished it with a little chalkboard paint.

I loved the way this cabinet turned out, but with my hallway about to be painted in off-white paint, I wanted a punch of colour.  Naturally, I went back to my now tried-and-true home made chippy paint that leaves a rough, chalky finish on the furniture.

The little square knobs had never looked all that good to me, so I changed them to old fashioned round wood knobs and then I painted the whole cabinet in turquoise.  It was a new mix of white paint and Behr's Agave that turned out way too dark, so I mixed in more white paint and rollered the lighter colour over the top.  After that dried, I added streaks of creamy white paint here and there and just kept layering the colours until I got a look that I loved.

Here is the darkest colour of turquoise (the one I didn't like as much):

and here is the final cabinet:


I wiped some paint on the basket to dress it up a little.  The shutter was unfinished maple that I painted a mix of white and turquoise, distressed and wiped Minwax dark paste wax over.  It turned out so great!


I haven't waxed this cabinet and I'm not going to.  I love the extra chalkiness of the streaks of white paint.  All I did to achieve that look was take the little sponge roller still covered with turquoise paint, dipped it in a little off-white paint and roller'd it on here and there.  It worked like a charm!  

This cabinet now makes me feel very happy (and YOUTHFUL)!

Have a happy and creative week!


66 comments:

  1. That cabinet is awesome; the white with chalk board paint just makes the finished project. I have a tall cabinet door only I am going to try this with to hang in the kitchen--thanks for inspiring!

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  2. Love your results. The color is wonderful. I have an old armoir that I would like to do something like that on.

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  3. LOVE the color!! What an easy project with such a big bang! Thanx for joining THT!

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  4. Your cabinet came out awesome.

    I know what you mean about working full steam ahead in the cooler months, we do the same thing. Summers heat and humidity make us to lazy to work.
    Good luck on that staying young bit-lol

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  5. You go girl, I wish I had your energy! I love how you take chances with your projects, the cabinet is gorgeous especially with the chalkboard paint!

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  6. Anne, do you have your passport and visa in order? I just might have to import you! Love It. You give me the courage to attack my hall built in :o)

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  7. Right now we're still in Hawaii, But the house is in Idaho :o) We might have to make an international meeting happen lol

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  8. I love the new look. I think you to do list on the first pic with chalkboard paint is my favorite part!

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  9. I swear....I feel 10 years younger just looking at that cabinet :) Great job and I love the turquoise....awesome color. But why didn't you have a stack of towels in the hallway :)

    :) me

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  10. Lovely! Great job :)
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  11. Oh, I really like this new color and treatment. It looks great!

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  12. Your cabinet turned out so well. I'm painting a cabinet turquoise this weekend!

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  13. Great porject! Love the chalkboard and the new paint.

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  14. Great colour choice! I love the many makeovers of this cabinet. It's so versatile!

    The chalkboard panels definitely kick it up a notch, too.

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  15. I absolutely adore this. Huge fan of both chalk paint and chalkboard paint :)

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  16. I love the new color and the chalboard panels! I really need something turquoise in my house because I love the color so much. You did an awesome job as usual!

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  17. OMG, Anne, let me put my feet up a bit, I am exhausted with all your hard work!! I just love the way your cupboard looks, love the colour, the chalkboard, the arrangement on top, everything!

    Have a hectic, I mean, restive, or better creative weekend, Anne!

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  18. I know what you mean. Working on the house is an addiction :)
    Your cabinet came out great. I like the new color.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cabinet. I am in a turquoise painting mood here lately, too. I like the distressing with the white paint. Followed over from The Shabby Nest.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  20. LOVE the turquoise and the chalkboard idea!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  21. its awesome, anne! love that you took a basic cabinet and made it your own custom look:)

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  22. Beautiful job! Love the finish and color!

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  23. Anne,
    I am loving that color!And that chalk board looks great with it too.So much fun to have those.
    Anne

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  24. Anne, I love it!!! Would you please come over and link up to my new Linky Party? @ http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/05/rustic-restorations-weekend-linky-party.html

    I love the look of your blog too!

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  25. Another great project! You are amazing! When your done come over to my place.. ok? :)

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  26. your design work is stunning. really beautiful. glad to have hopped on over here from myric's blog! xo

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  27. I love it white and love it even more in turquoise. Great transformation.

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  28. Anne,

    I love the "final" (for now) cabinet color! the addition of the chalkboard is great!

    gail

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  29. Oh this turned out awesome!! I agree the color is just great!

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  30. Love the color you choose for your cabinet! And I know what you mean about staying busy- I find that I can't stop working on projects and my list keeps growing!

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  31. I do love that finish of paint and I do love that colour. It's been one of my new favourites for about 12 months or so. Great work and thanks for sharing.

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  32. I love how that cabinet turned out! When you said you did the final layer with just random white streaks I wasn't real sure how that would turn out...but it looks amazing! Great job :)

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  33. Oh, who doesn't love a cabinet that makes one feel youthful! That may be just the inspiration I need to tackle my new bedroom dresser that will soon be marking a year of living in my family room! Yikes!

    :)

    Linda

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  34. The cabinet turned out stunning! Love the color and the chalkboard paint adds to it. I love it. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays...

    Jody

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  35. It looks great girl! I'm such a sucker for chalkboard paint on ANYTHING! So whimsical!

    XO

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  36. That looks so pretty - what a lovely color!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  37. That's gorgeous! You have created a really pretty cabinet and vignette on top of it.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  38. Hi Anne, I must confess that I never would have been creative enough to come up with the idea of adding the chalkboard paint to the cabinet fronts. It is such a fun idea and I like all the turquoise color that you have been using. It is a very trendy color.

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  39. Oooh, gorgeous makeover! It's unrecognisable from the first shot. I really love what you've done with the chalkboards. Nice work, missus!

    Sarahx

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  40. Looove this Ann, soooo pretty.. :)) very neat and nice work.. xoxoxo

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  41. You will be young forever Anne, because you are obviously a weekend warrior! haha

    That pantry turned out great! It went from generic to fabulously unique!
    Thank you for linking up to the "Cowgirl Up!" link party!
    ♥Linsey

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  42. Wow!!! I love how it came out! Yay for you, Anne! :)
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  43. beautiful job, anne! and i love that you left the chalkboard you added there- it looks perfect!

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  44. Wow, your cabinet looks fantastic! You sure are one busy lady.

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  45. love this entire project but i am simply swoooooooooning over the color...FAB U LOUS!!!! hugs...

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  46. I love it! It looks so good. I'm glad you linked it up! I'm FBing it now!

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  47. Love that chalkboard paint! The color on the cabinet is gorgeous!
    -Shelley

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  48. I just LOVE the new color of your cabinet. It came out awesome. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign's Swing into Spring party.

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  49. I completely understand the constant project house. We are the same way. Your cabinet turned out just beautiful. :) Megan

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  50. Beautiful! I love how you did the layering - it's the perfect effect for that piece. I like the chalkboard paint and the change to the round knobs too. Thanks for linking up!

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  51. Home made chalk paint is the best! Love the beautiful blue color!

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  52. Congrats! You're a feature this week!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/05/features-and-link-party.html

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  53. Turquoise vs. Aqua...How did I miss this post.? The cabinet certainly gained "new life"...so that is why you feel "youthful" and superwoman like...Because as you know..You ARE "Aqua Woman"...

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  54. Beautiful transformation, Anne!

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  55. I featured your Pantry today at Mod Mix Monday!


    http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com/2012/05/mod-mix-monday-50.html

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  56. That turned out so awesome! Featuring it tonight!

    --Kaite

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  57. Did you see you and I -- back to back -- at Creatively Living tonight?

    We so very much rock!

    Oh, and are you gonna enter my Pinterest contest thingy? I know there are so many crazy steps ... but, seriously, a $500 Visa gift card! Right? Super duper prize ...

    :)

    Linda

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  58. Ah, I love this! Love the color! Love that it started out as a plain ol Ikea cabinet...gives me hope! ;)

    Always nice to find a Canadian blogger, feels like meeting up with a neighbour!

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  59. SO pretty! i love that you refinished it twice! the aqua is so cute!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

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  60. What is the paint color by the pantry cabinet??

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    1. Behr Agave with white paint added in until I got a colour I liked.

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