Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blue Skies Cabinet

Primitive furniture, blue distressed painting, cabinet
The Sunday B.I.S. (Before Ice Storm) was all blue skies, warm temps, and sun, sun, sun.

I dragged the old primitive cabinet from the back of the truck.

Mixed up my house specialty blue gloopy paint.

AND went to work.

You previously met this primitive cabinet lying on its side with an unknowingly purchased crate sticking in it.

There it stayed through days of rainy cold weather.

It is made of old wood from furniture long-discarded, plywood, and new wood.

I loved that quirky compartment with the two doors.

Who thought of this design?

It was just dusty so I scrubbed it down and sanded a few spots here and there.

I coated the inside, outside, frontside, backside, and every other side this cabinet had.

Used my homemade white gesso as a primer.

After this coat I finally realized why the person who built this cabinet had not painted it.



These next few photos were taken with my new phone, and I cannot remember how to use it.

This is actually BLUE paint.

Dear Mr. Android,

I should not have to explain the photographs you take. 


Your Unhappy Owner

I used a heavy grit sandpaper to take down some edges.

Don't you just love taking down edges!?!

You would never know these had been shiny new brass hinges.

Thank you, Laurie at Heaven's Walk for the blue inspiration!

Confession time:

I ran out of paint.


I never, and I do mean never, run out of paint on a project.

BUT this time.  This one time.  I did.

It was a hand-mixed brew of powdered pigments and homemade gesso and grout.

What to do, what to do?

Pull out an oops paint in Sweet Bluette.

It looks right purdy.

Here is the BLUE cabinet drying on the paint frame.

Arms opened wide.

Sorta looks like an owl to me.

Someone wanted to know what is that metal stand I use as a paint frame.

Long ago when there were small round metal garbage cans, the cans fit into the round part and rested on the rails to keep varmints from knocking them over.

And, yes, it would make a great table base for inside the house.

Maybe one day.

I showed the left side door above so to be fair here is the right side door.

All dry and ready to roll.

The funny thing about this cabinet which had been sitting in my truck for two weeks waiting to be painted is:  I had to load it back into the truck. 

The ice storm hit and it sat in there for another week.  

Sunday, the blue cabinet finally arrived at the Riverfront Antique Mall looking for a new home.

It was sure glad to get away from here.

See y'all!

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  1. Donna ... I agree with you that it sorta looks like an owl ... but you made it look like a cute owl and someone will love it in their home. Glad you are getting to paint again.
    Be safe.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  2. It's interesting. It's sort of mid-century or southwest.

  3. That is one of the oddest looking cabinets I've ever seen, but you made it look a whole lot better with the paint treatment. Love the blue colour! I'm sure it'll find a new home soon.

  4. Oh my goodness, that turned out so beautiful! I'm always hesitant to paint those primitive-looking items, but that paint did it a world of good!

  5. That turned out great! What a transformation!

  6. Nice work, Donna--I'm sure it'll look great in your shop :)

  7. It turned out beautiful Donna - can't imagine painting those angles - and I see an OWL too lol !!!
    Never heard of garbage cans having a stand - how funny!!!

  8. Oh this is my new favorite! I think it would be awesome in my new downstairs room. Can you bring it over please???!!!

  9. An owl...I see it! AND I DO think that former trash can stand would be a lovely table base in a swanky loft. You could laugh knowing the humble origins...it would be a real rags to riches tale! Thanks for being the first to link up, Donna. :) You're good at making lemonade from blue paint mix. Or something like that anyway!

  10. such a difference, donna! i see the owl, too:) have a great night!

  11. That is so cool-how handy are you? Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


  12. What a beautiful job you did, Donna! Yay!!!! Love the oops color! lol I can only imagine what a pain it was to paint inside all those little nooks. Yikes! lol But it turned out just wonderful, girl! Thanks for the sweet shout-out! You're a doll! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  13. It's definitely unique Donna. It's certainly Purdy in blue! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. That is a one-of-a-kind thing, that's for sure! Painting it was hard, I'm sure, imagine building it?! It's cool, though, but I wouldn't have wanted to figure out cutting and joining those angles. Thanks for sharing at History & Home, and I know you were happy to be outside painting again! -Dawn

  15. By golly it is an Owl cabinet. I need an UJ trip I think. However it has not been a good month for our sales but onward.

  16. Oh my, what a pretty color! And you did a marvelous job with it.....especially with all those nooks and crannies! Thanks for letting us take a peek! Happy Sunday! Hugs, Poppy

  17. Ha ha, now that you said it, it does look like an owl! Interesting cabinet for sure. I love your writing style and so glad I found you over at the Share It One More Time Party. You've been added to my Must Follow List!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

  18. Such a unique piece and the color is perfect, you did a great job! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  19. This is 2016, and your post is 2014, but I'm just curious if that sold???


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