Sunday, March 2, 2014

Meet Blue Belle my new office cabinet!! $40!

Ok, I have been looking for the right piece to go in my office for over a year. It has to be the right size and I have to house my family room tv components on it as well. this is what the space looked like before.........
I know, I know! A hot mess! The rest of the office is great but this was more like a dumping ground. Another challenge is the light switch. see how far into the wall it is? I know....who does that? So whatever I use can't cover the switch. And....since it's me, well, you know I want to do it all for under $50! My husband said I was nuts and that it was an impossible expectation. That motivated me even more and I hit up my favorite cousin Craig.....Craigslist that is! Here is what I found..........
She is short (this is good because I want to use the top) and skinny (this is great because of the light switch problem) and they say make an offer!! Feeling tingly!!!! I send this pic to my husband who is use to getting random pics from me with a question mark next to them, then I send a note to the owner saying, Ummm, how about $25. (heehee! A girl has to try right?) To my surprise she replies...$30 takes it! Woop! Next note to husband says, "scratch the question mark! She's mine! I need you to pick her up! Oh and I am making your favorite dinner!!!!) HA! You have to feed the help people!! Feeling really excited now!!

Get her home and ditch the glass. Have the help (hubby) drill a hole into the back for possible cords and go to my fav chalk paint recipe! I grabbed $10 quart of paint from Lowe's and had the plaster of paris on hand! Time to get busy!! After my 1st coat here she is......


look at those velvet lined drawers.....I could weep from joy!
 



Remember the best thing with Chalkpaint is no sanding or priming. Be still my heart I am in love with this stuff! Now...I did have a bit of splintering that I filled with wood putty and smoothed out and the chalkpaint slid right over it all! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!  The blue was a little off from the hues in the office so I added a lil creme to the chalkpaint and hit the second coat. I followed that up with some super shine!!! POLY!! Oh yeah, wear a mask when working with that stuff! PU! And, don't forget.....Fast, light coats. I did 2 coats and let her sit! Are you ready? She is not finished being dressed, and I had to put the components on the top because the kids regularly disconnect the playstation and I wanted to give them easier access sooooo....
Meet Blue Belle! My office cabinet:
This drawer is everything! Hello!!! 10 rolls of wrap! Dreamy!!!


She has a wrapping drawer and stores the sewing and painting kits below as well as packing and wrapping supplies. And.....well, isn't she just cute! I love her! And I love that for $40 I have a functional, fun piece that gives my space some order. So many times we wait for perfect or to have enough $$ or whatever it is we are waiting on.....I couldn't wait! I made a budget, did a lil looking, put in a lil elbow grease....and really love the result! Hope this inspires you to start a new project! Spring will be here before you know it! Real talk!

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