The Little Cabinet That Could

When I brought this little gem home, my husband looked at me like he often does and asked “What are you going to do with that?”  I just shrugged, as I often do.  And he shook his head.

The little cabinet sat in my garage for months until I decided that I knew what to do with it.  So here it is.


the little cabinet that could - from catastrophe to cute
the little cabinet that could – from catastrophe to cute

Let me share how I got from point A to this…..  And I don’t mean the messy garage.

We started off looking like this.

the little cabinet before

Not great.  The inside was mustard yellow.  Not Grey Pupuon, but French’s Yellow.  Not attractive on anything but a hot dog.

I decided that the whole cabinet, inside and out, needed to be painted in Van Gogh Fossil Paint in Empathy.  Empathy is a nice calming yellow.  And it needed stripes.  Left alone, this cabinet was kind of boring.  But with stripes, it’s fabulous.

IMG_2141I set about drawing my stripes on with chalk.  I didn’t want a standard chevron pattern, so I did more of a herringbone.  And I didn’t want to tape the stripes all off.  I wanted them to look hand drawn and imperfect.

painting stripes

They were imperfect for sure, but it’s just paint.  I can touch up.

cabinet stripes

There are the imperfect stripes.  I did the drawer separately and painted the drawer hardware.  I had some old wooden knobs kicking around so I painted them white, too.

the little cabinet - close up

Here it is!  From blah to fab!  I just love the way it turned out.  I think it would be so sweet in a baby’s room or a little girl’s room.

the little cabinet after

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  • This dresser turning out so amazing — I’m obsessed! Featuring you tomorrow!!! XO, Aimee

    • Soooo exciting! Thank you!

  • This little cabinet turned out beyond gorgeous. I love the diagonal off-set stripes you came up with/1 fantastic…. 🙂
    xo, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  • Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to do.


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