Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Numbered Cabinet

 It's all in the numbers for me.  I love them stamped, painted, stenciled, or really real.  Numbers on any thing.  I have a soft spot for "9", but no special reason.  It's not like I have nine toes or anything.

I needed another cabinet to fit behind the craft room door with my hidden bookcase. SEE HERE!  I found one while out thrifting at the right price.  I had planned to hold out for one with a door, but I liked the size of this one.

 It was just a plain Jane piece - brown stained pine with a bit of curve to the sides.

Very sturdy - no tightening or gluing required.

Just slap some paint on it and it would be done.

After all it WAS going to be hiding behind the door.

 I sanded it lightly to take the gloss off.

Used the same Bermuda Sand Valspar as the hidden bookcase.

I added a medium gray of unknown origins.  (I do know I had better get this paint matched before I use it all.  I am beginning to love that gray!)

It should be finished at this point.

But no-o-o-o-o!

I had to go another step.

I took out my trusty roll of hardware cloth and my tin snips, measured out a piece to fit across the back of the shelves, and stapled it on.  Now no craft supplies could spill out the back.

It should be finished at this point. 

But no-o-o-o-o!

I had to go another step.


 I took out my trusty number stamps and a black ink pad.

I thought up some random numbers - two-digit ones.

I stamped along the edges of the shelves as if those numbers actually meant something though they don't.

It should be finished at this point.

And yes, it is.

Gosh darn, I love those numbers!

Now it is time to hang it up and fill it with supplies.

I am not going to show that part yet.

I have my reasons.

There may be a reveal on this blog showing an entire room in my house.

Now that I have typed this, I have to do it.

That is blog karma, isn't it?

 I did try out different things from around the house to see what looks the best with the numbered  cabinet.

I found galvanized boxes and aluminum funnels are perfect for the gray.

 A lot of stuff can be placed on the top shelf.

 Some lavender (fake!) with Mason jars.

 I found funnels make great holders for those pesky rolls of paper ribbon which seem to escape the bounds of gravity and end up smashed on the floor.

Okay, all that stuff will not be placed on the numbered cabinet when it goes to work in the craft/computer/guest room.

But it will be doing its best to keep the craft supplies corralled.

Maybe I will take those numbers and play the lottery.  I always buy two tickets when the jackpot is over $300 million.  I figure if we win, there would be enough to pay off all the family members and disappear!  I'm just kidding.  I think.

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  1. I love what you did with this shelf! The hardware cloth was a great idea to keep things from falling behind. I may have to put some numbers on some of my junk! I love that idea! :)

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. LOVE this!!! so glad to know you're not an oddity, or have webbed toes!

  3. What a great little shelf! The hardware cloth is very practical, but also looks fabulous. That, and the numbers, give it an industrial look that I love.

  4. GREAT job! What a transformation!!

  5. This is my favorite project of yours EVER!! I'm not kidding. I LOVE this shelf. I love everything about it from the "unknown shade of grey" to the stamped numbers to the hardware cloth on the back. But mostly I love it because you made it! Awesomeness!

  6. Very creative...I really like it!

  7. Lovely makeover! You gave the piece such character!

  8. Wow!! I cannot tell you how much I love this!! I love numbers, too, and you did an outstanding job on this piece!!

  9. Wow! You always add such neat little details that make your pieces so neat! I never would have seen what you saw in this shelf!

  10. LOVE !!!
    What a fabulous transformation Donna - those numbers make it - XOXO

  11. Your numbers shelf is really neat. I can hardly wait to see what you store on it.

  12. So cool that numbered shelf! Such a creative idea. Can't wait for the big reveal!

  13. Donna ... glad you did not stop with just the paint ... love the transformation ... the wire and the numbers make it special.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  14. Donna this is great! What an awesome transformation. I love the hardware cloth on the back! That was a super idea!! What once was boring is now fantastic!

  15. It's beautiful Donna, I hope you win the 300 mil, you can visit me :)

  16. You are amazing with all of your storage ideas! Love what you did with this one, and the numbers finish right off! Looking forward to the final reveal. Visiting from the Mellywood Mansion! Cheers.

  17. How cool is the shelf with a new rustic industrial look. Perfect with those funnels I am eyeing up on the shelf!

  18. This is a great idea! You totally changed the look!

  19. Love the whole numbers thing too Donna. My favourite number is 6 and I like to incorporate it on various projects where I can. I love what you did with this little cabinet.

  20. This is brilliant. I want one :}

  21. Your numbered cabinet looks adorable! I love the addition of the wire behind it.

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  22. I love it! The numbers and the wire back give the shelf a vintage industrial look. What a great upgrade to a formerly blah piece.


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