Monthly Archives: July 2011

Summer Lovin’ and a Shabby Cabinet Redo

My sweet little fella has been asking his Daddy for a week to take him to the store to get me some flowers. Awwww! I love that he just got this idea and he was not giving up until he got them for me. It was supposed to be a surprise and I tried really really hard not to know I promise. Even this past weekend our neighbor was having a yard sale. …Side note: Ms. Cindy we still don’t like this whole moving thing!… Sam picked out a vase and insisted that he must buy it for something special and so he did. Too precious! Yesterday as soon as Jon got home the two ran their top secret mission and came back with a sweet bouquet of purple flowers little man picked out all by himself. Good gracious being a mom is the most challenging thing I have experienced but the rewards …oh the rewards… are wonderful and I don’t just mean the flowers. They are lovely as you can see but Sam’s heart and thoughtfulness throughout his mission, those are the things that make this job the best!



Ok, so onto my shabby little redo. I found this solid china cabinet at a yard sale earlier in the Summer. I spotted it while it was covered up with some plastic and there I go inquiring…

So glad I did! There was a beauty under there and in really good shape. The hubs said yes and it was a go. The couple who were selling it were so kind to us. I did feel bad for the guy though. As he and Jon were loading it up he commented on how glad he was it was going to a nice family…awww shucks…

My ‘say the first thing that pops in your head’ hubby says…”well, I don’t really know who’s getting it…we are going to refinish it.” Oh dear!

Nevertheless, I do think they would be pleased to know how stinkin’ adorable it turned out and it will still find a happy home.

The piece was in good shape just out of date…

Disassembled, sanded, and primed. I painted the cabinet in Muslin White. Distressed and glazed with a mixture of tintable glaze and Classic Silver by Behr (not metallic). I love the look of the grey on the white! I covered the back panel in textured wallpaper and sprayed with metallic silver spray paint. Next, I antiqued over the wallpaper to give it more depth and the look of aged tin. See the difference below…
Jon helped me get the cabinet all back together. We both learned a valuable lesson at this point. Label all hinges when removing. Geez! That was a pain because while they all seemed the same when I was removing them the slightest difference changed the way the door opened and closed. After a little extra work we got it all together and here is the result…

This china cabinet is available for sale. If interested you can contact me at monkeydoodles@att.net for pricing and dimension information.






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Frenchie

I found this little french inspired beauty on craigslist and I knew there was a pretty little lady under all the blue and pink sponge paint. Yea…you read that right. The look was well…special. She had good bones so it was worth a whirl.

The sponge paint look brings back memories of my childhood room. Bold pink with white paint sponged on. Wowza!

Sanded and primed she was ready for a bit of color. It seemed like a great dresser for a little girl so I went with Seashore Bud by Valspar for the color. It is a creamy color with a hint of pink. The drawer pulls were nailed in and while I could have taken them out I really didn’t see the need so I painted them as well. Then the mouse and I gave it a light distressing. Finally, I used a polycrylic to seal all surfaces with a paste wax finish for the top. Smooooooth as can be.

The drawers weren’t terrible but with all the frills of the dresser I thought they needed a little pizazz. I Mod Podged some paper in the drawer bottoms with a dainty little print in a pale pink.

The dresser has already found a new home with a sweet family. I hope their little girl enjoys her new dresser for many years to come.

Pool day with my kiddos today and finishing up a project or two. Loving Summertime!

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I’m baaaaaack…did ya miss me???

This Summer vacation hit with a bang the end of May with a fun family beach trip to Editso. Here we are the middle of July and finally I am getting back to work….well furniture bloggy work…because trust me there is no lacking for work over here even if the furniture is on hold. I have enjoyed the kids being home and all of our little adventures. I have bittersweet emotions about the upcoming school year as both the eldest are headed to the “big” school. They, however, couldn’t be more excited!

I thought as I am getting back into the swing I would share with you one of my most favorite rooms in the house, Cate’s nursery. One of my favorite things to do while I am pregnant is dream and create the nursery. With Cate we chose not to find out the sex before she was born so I knew I needed a gender neutral palette…that was a tough one believe me. I searched and searched and searched a little more before I found the right fabric. My lovely seamstress…AKA Nonnie, Mama, or Rachel…made the beautiful crib bedding you see below:

I painted this little aqua nightstand and added the sleek drawer pulls to go beside the full size bed in the room. As for now this room doubles as our guest room when we have company. The lamp was a fun yard sale find I just covered the shade in one of the coordinating fabrics.
I created a fabric circle collage above the bed using fabric scraps, glue, and varying size embroidery hoops. This rocker I had used in Maggie’s nursery. When I bought it I fell in love with it because the shape of the back made me think of Alice in Wonderland. Maybe it’s just me but I like it. I painted it brown to go in Cate’s nursery and my seamstress made a cute little cushion.
Next up, one of my favorite things about this old house is the BIG windows. Love them! This is what you see walking into the room. 12 x 12 canvases spelling her name painted by yours truly. My homemade sunbursts are made from tinker toys glued together, painted, and finally adhered the circle mirrors. Another easy and fun project.
Finally, Cate’s very own tree with a few blue birds to keep her company. There is one painted to look as if it is sitting on her crib. I walked in a month or so ago after she was waking up from a nap and she is pointing at it saying…”duuu….duuu…” That is “duck” for any of you who do not fluently speak Catenese and I am hoping she wasn’t picking on my skills because I was so going for a blue bird.
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And that is Little Bits nursery. She is growing so fast it does make me a little teary to think that is the last nursery in the Huskey house but not THAT teary if you know what I mean.
This week I have a couple fun projects to show off so stay tuned! Have a great week!