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1950’s cabinet makeover – my new craft station

11 January, 2013

We are getting a reputation. For junk loving. (The good kind of junk… I mean, rubbish kind of junk… the kind of junk that ISN’T in your trunk… well, it may be from someone’s trunk, but not THAT kind of trunk… GAH)

Our friend’s landlord called us up a wee while ago and offered us an old 1950’s kitchen cabinet her had uncovered in one of his grottier houses. We were all “HECK YES!” and then he bought it over and it was covered in cat poo and vintage grease and smelt like it had been residing in hell itself.So it went straight out to the notorious alley in our backyard and has languished there for most of the winter.

old 1950's kitchen cabinet

Then, in the haze of fresh starts that is New Year’s Day we bought it in and attacked it* with cleaner and paint and now it is my new craft station.

*Tim mostly attacked and I instagrammed about it.

1950's cabinet

Can you forgive the grainy picture? I’m REALLY sorry, it is just so gloomy these day’s, eh.

It makes a perfect craft station- I did really love my old one, but it genuinely took up 1/3 of the room so it had to go.

There is plenty of storage space, shelves inside and a sturdy one that pulls out at the perfect height for my sewing machine.

I mixed the colour myself, aiming for a pale minty green with a hint of steel grey (!) I just used acrylic so that I had a wealth of colours to mix with, but I added a hint of tile grout. This turns the paint into the perfect texture, and it adheres to anything, no sanding needed, kind of like the Annie Sloane chalk paint that is taking the decorating world by storm but for a fraction of the price.

Hooray for a junky reputation!

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  • Jen aka The Mad House 11 January, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I love this. I really do

    • Lucy 11 January, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks! So pleased with how it turned out. Despite a layer of paint it is actually still a tiny bit pongy, although Tim reckons it is my oversensitive nose.

  • lally young 11 January, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Wow that is soo funky, gis it!!! LOL, I have just inherited an old Singer sewing machine that my MIL used to use when she was teaching at college. I am going to get it serviced. Its a proper retro one.

    • Lucy 11 January, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Oh how FAB, I love my retro sewing machines, so very gutsy and they look a dream 🙂

  • Snozcumber 11 January, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Ooh! How very lovely!
    I must say the first part of the blog did make me giggle. I have just blogged about a junk trunk. At no point did ‘junk in ma trunk’ occur to me. Love it.

    • Lucy 11 January, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      HAHA you have such a beautiful, pure mind!!! Gonna pop over and have a look now

  • Capture by Lucy 11 January, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Love it love it love it. Just been to a new vintage treasure chest of a shop called Vintage Von in Weston super Mare came out with a few goodies!! Will link up on Monday for #MagpieMonday

    • Lucy 11 January, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Yay, I am linking up for MM to on Monday, first MM for YONKS and I have missed it like mad. Jut finding it sooo hard to take pictures in this light 🙁

  • Sarah carritt 11 January, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    That looks brilliant. I love these kinds of cabinets, and mean to buy one if I ever come across one in one of our local haunts.
    Love it by the window as well!
    Hey good tip about the paint, some Of the Annie paint was again going to be one of my buys, but I’ll follow your recipe now!

    • Lucy 11 January, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Yeah, have a little trial first, but 1 table spoon of tile grout in a cup of paint really makes a lovely difference. Look forward to hearing how you get on! xx

  • City Girl At Heart 11 January, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Totally LOVE this. Well done you 🙂

    • Lucy 11 January, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Yay, thank you! xx

  • Liz Burton 12 January, 2013 at 11:34 am

    What lushness!!

    • Lucy 13 January, 2013 at 2:15 pm


  • Emma Kate at Painted Style 14 January, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I love the images on the glass! x

    • Lucy 14 January, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Emma Kate! They are cute, the pictures eh, although I wish they were of scissors and needles now rather than jugs and utensils!

  • Mama Syder 14 January, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oh Wow! How lucky are you to have been given that!! It looks gorgeous, what a fabulous job you’ve done! x

  • Thrift Shopper for Peace 15 January, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    You are so brave. i’d have abandoned it at “cat poo.” I love these old cabinets. My grandmother used to have one in her basement “suite” for students to use as their kitchen. it’s such a practical little thing with the hooks inside and the pull out drawer. I”m amazed at how sturdy your drawer is, holding your sewing machine up. wow! and good idea with the paint – how ever did you figure that out?

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    Eek! I’ve just posted my cupboard find and been sent here by Katy Beale as I am in a colour quandry and NOW…now I need another one as a creation station! I love this!

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