Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Stormy Weather....

Hi Everyone....!!

A short time after arriving home from the US early October I encountered some 'stormy weather'....An exceptionally appropro metaphor of course for the 'stuff' that comes at you out of nowhere leaving a trail of destruction in it's path....!

I had some tough choices to make....Though to be perfectly honest, it would have been much easier to immerse myself in the more pleasant side of life & simply disappear into the blogisphere & ignore the chaos....

Instead....I got busy....For 7 weeks I left this place to work on the issues at hand & concentrate on my business....I'm pleased to say the time away has been well worth it....The 'stormy weather' has abated & I've made it through a PLETHORA of Shabby Vintage Junk projects....One of which I've shared below....!!

THANK YOU for your emails of concern & well wishes....I hope to be able to start visiting with you all again soon....In the mean time, if you visit when I post I'll be commenting here on my blog....!!!!!

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When I moved into The Vintage Shed at the beginning of July I was hoping to be able to pop a lock up cabinet into my space for smalls straight away....Alas....I was unable to find the right piece....Week in week out I searched until one day a few weeks ago I received a call from a Friend to say he may have what I was looking for....Even better though....He had a PAIR....!

I popped over to have a look & was THRILLED to find two of the sweetest little deco kitchen cabinets with sliding glass doors....P-E-R-F-E-C-T....!!!!!

One cabinet required very little work....LOVED the chippy cream paint....Just had to freshen up the interior with some white paint, line the shelves with yummy vintage wallpaper & change out the crinkly glass with plain glass....DONE....!!

The other one though was a real fixerupperer....The cream paint had blistered from exposure to heat & I just wasn't happy with it....
Ok so this isn't the BEST before shot....You can't see the blistered paint & I've ALREADY removed the crinkly glass....DOH....! 
At least you get an idea of how the shelves looked after the contact was removed....! 
I LOVED the chippy cream & green trim of these little cabinets so no matter what I did THAT particular sign of wear was STAYING....!! 
Initially I scraped the blistered cream paint off to expose the darker cream underneath.... 
But I decided I really wanted it to match the other cabinet so committed to repainting the entire piece....MINUS the top & bottom trim of course....! 
The inside after two prep coats & two top coats.... 
I kept the paint splattered metal rails....
And there's the chippy trim at the top & the first prep coat on the exterior.... 
And here she is in all her glory....**sigh**....! 
They are GORGEOUS if I don't say so myself....Since installing them in my space I've had several inquiries as to whether I'd sell them....Ummmmmm....NO....  :o) !!!!!
I've been obsessively holding onto this wallpaper for almost TEN years....I just KNEW it was waiting for the RIGHT piece....**wink**....!! 
Bunnings matched the paint BEAUTIFULLY if not perfectly & I'm really happy with the end result....!!! 
And Mr SVJ added an unobtrusive locking mechanism which can be removed & repaired easily as required.... 
I also left the chippy shelf trim....Love....Love....LOVE that....!! 
And there you have it....Total cost of the makeovers for BOTH cabinets was $35.00
$5.00 - Undercoat
$8.00 - Sample pot of matched cream paint
$20.00 - Two locks
$2.00 - Wallpaper
Replacement glass for the doors was found in the Hard Rubbish....!

I hope you're all having an EXCEPTIONALLY creative, productive week filled with LOVE & LAUGHTER....Perhaps most importantly though....I hope you're surrounded by WONDERFUL Friends....Because without those....We might all just disappear into ourselves & walk around in circles when faced with 'stormy weather'....!!!!!

Cheers,
Tamarah  :o)

21 comments:

  1. Welcome back sweet pea...we've missed you. After a storm the sun usually shines.....

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  2. so glad to hear from you down under...it has been too long! hope all is going well now...and that your joyous presence will be a regular occurance in blogland...

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  3. Chania you're a SWEETHEART though I'm SURE I've missed you all more....!!

    Amy Love it HAS been too long....I can't wait to pop in for a good visit & see what you've been up to....!!

    Cheers,
    Tamarah xx

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  4. Whew! I thought maybe my blog reader was broken and I even popped by yesterday to make sure I hasn't missed a post somehow. Glad to know you've been very productive and wishing you nothing but BLUE SKIES and SUNNY DAYS here on out!! Missed you. :-)

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  5. Was wondering where you were! Glad all is well -- missed you! xo

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  6. Welcome back Divine Ms T.......Missed you !!!! Xxx

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  7. Love them , you did good kid!
    Nice to see youre back!

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  8. Welcome back,love what you have done to the cupboards great find.

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  9. I love your cabinets!! They are perfect and finished so fabulously!! Love love love them!!
    Nice seeing you Hun!!
    Hugging you
    SueAnn

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  10. Nice to see you back! They say...'if you want to see a rainbow, you gotta have some rain'...the cabinets are stunning!

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  11. Gorgeous cabinets, at a fantastic price.

    I am so glad to hear that you have made it to the other side! Life always seems to get in the way. Have a great weekend, Tam x

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  12. Girl, glad you are doing well, I have been away too, just so much to do, plus I do still have that pesky day job, lol. Love the cabinet!
    Lezlee

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  13. So glad to see you back, I was wondering where you were at but realised that sometimes you need to pull back and sort things out (whatever they may be!) Love the cabinets
    alicia

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  14. Hello Princess Petal,

    I thought you must have been a busy little beaver. It's good to take time out and just immerse yourself into projects.

    Beautiful transformation of the cabinets.

    Lovely to have you back on line.

    Alison
    XX

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  15. SOOOOOO HAPPPPPPYYYYYYY YOU ARE BACK!!!! YIPPEE!!!
    Sure have missed you my sweet friend!
    CRAZY awesome job on those cabinets!!
    HUGE ole hug to you!
    Beth

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  16. The cupboard looks great and good to see you back!
    Tamara, a question, I am looking for old vintage christmas decorations, do you have some suggestions for me to start looking. Your help would be appreciate..many thanks.
    Hugs,
    Karen

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  17. Thanks for the reply Tamarah. Wow....25 cases with vintage decorations...now that is a collection. I don't think I will get to that many, only want to decorate a tree with them. Thanks for the suggestions and I will let you know how I go.
    Hugs,
    Karen

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  18. Your cupboard is fabulous! Glad the stormy weather is dissipating. I'm a big fan of junking and repurposing too :).
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
    ~ Julie

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  19. Hi Tamarah,

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy holiday,

    Tamara x

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  20. Love your blog! Im so happy I got a chance to look! Im now a follower!

    Mark @ room363

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