Thursday, July 5, 2012

Number the Stars and Number a Chest

You may recall that my daughter is expecting her first baby any day.  She is beyond ready and frustrated that he hasn't come yet.  I'm taking advantage of each day and working on new projects.  Seems everything I've taken into the shop lately has sold the first week.  


So when a friend showed me this chest and asked if I wanted to barter for it, I jumped at the chance.  She'd had her eye on a vintage, chippy cabinet door that I had in the shop.  She wanted to make a sign for her booth out of it.  No worries!  This chest was speaking to me, begging for some personality.  I figured the least I could do was deliver.



The first order of  business was to give it a fresh coat of paint.  I used Antique White by CeCe Caldwell.


Even though it only has two drawers, those six little divisions were begging for attention.  I wasn't about to disappoint!

You're right!  I succumbed to the urge to add numbers!  You've seen from my projects in the past that I love to add numbers to things!  So I printed out some numbers and used carbon paper to transfer them to the cabinet.

Then I hand-painted them with black acrylic paint and distressed the drawers and cabinet.

I applied a coat of clear wax and a dark wax glaze.  Then added new hardware. (caution: cell phone photo below)


It doesn't even look like the same piece!  I love it when a transformation takes a piece in a completely new direction! 

So I took it into the shop because I had sold three things and didn't have anything else to plug in some of those holes.  

But I went to a flea market last weekend and stocked up with some garden goodies that didn't require work from me.  When I took those goodies in, this baby came home with me!   Hopefully my daughter will be bringing her baby home soon!


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46 comments:

suzyq said...

What a beautiful transformation
It's perfect!

It's All Connected said...

Love what you did with this! No wonder you wanted to bring her home. ~ Maureen

Danielle said...

I so wish that I were crafty. This transformation was worth Pinning even though it is something I know I will never attempt. The end result is just lovely to look at!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Cyndi! It looks like an old apothecary chest. Love the numbers. It does look totally different now. You must jump every time the phone rings. : )

Anne said...

I love that chest!!!!

must love junk said...

Wow-I want that chest!! LOVE!! Just found you thru Charm of Home and am your newest follower ;)
Susan

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a great makover! I love it. I hope your new grandbaby comes soon. Blessings, Pamela

Jessi W said...

I love it! What an awesome transformation! Thanks so much for sharing at The Fun In Functional :-)

Honey at 2805 said...

Such a cute transformation! Love the numbered drawers!

Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Party at 2805!

The Other Me Is Sane said...

love your little chest and hope your daughter's baby delivers soon too. I was 2 weeks late with all 3 daughters so I know how trying it can be :-)

SavannahGranny said...

Great transformation. I am so impressed that you hand painted the numbers. Many would have used rub on numbers. Great inspiration. I am pinning!!
How the wee gets here soon.
Blessings, Ginger

Jill Elaine said...

I love this piece! I pinned it from over on the pin party at Fox Hollow Cottage. Not becasue it was before or after me but because i liked it so much. it's already got one repin from mine!

Alicia said...

I love this! I wish I could find one to fix up! You did a great job!

shellyandrade said...

Cyndi, your transformation is awesome on this piece! The combination of the Vintage White with the contrasting hardware and numbers totally change the look of it. Really, really cool outcome!! Shelly Andrade

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Love the pulls, love the numbers! Pinning it! Found you through Debbiedoos!

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Oh, and I pinned it not because you were before or after me, either, but because I liked it!

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Bravo!

Green Willow Pond said...

I love this! What a great idea to make it look like a card catalog. Awesome job!

JOY 2 JOURNEY said...

I found you on Fox Hollow Pin Party and I pinned this :)
Hugs,
Bj

CJ - Juniper and Roses said...

As always a great transformation - I always love what you do, and have nominated you for the Liebster award details athttp://juniperandroses.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/liebster-award-nomination.html

Christine said...

Way to go!!!! It looks GREAT!!! I would gladly display this piece in my home :)

Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Kim said...

This is what I call a complete transformation!! I love the numbers and hardware combo!!

blhitchcock901 said...

I found you in a visit around blogland and am now following you. Hope you'll visit soon and follow me. I am not a crafter and I have much to learn Thanks for sharing.

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

I just wanted to join all these people approving your job here, Cyndi.
Beautiful!
No wonder you want to keep it.
Cheers

Deanne said...

what a cute shaped chest- no wonder you want to keep it!

Kristin said...

Aggghhh! I love it! Reminds me so much of a card catalog and the librarian in me definitely wants to recreate something like this =) Thanks for sharing!

Miss Gracie's House said...

wow...I LOVE it...I have a similar piece out in the barn that I was thinking of giving a similar look...now I KNOW I'm going to...THANKS!
Rene'

Nicole Estes said...

Another completely amazing project. You are so talented! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches.

Jennifer@heylittlemother.com said...

What a beautiful transformation! I absolutely love it!

michele said...

just lovely!

if you like, swing by my place where i am hosting a giveaway:
http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/07/summer-sale-giveaway.html

and keep sharing your lovely posts!

smiles.

michele

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Cyndi! What a terrific trade! I think you did fantastic! I love the numbers - they do set off the drawers perfectly! I will be featuring your post in tonight's Home and Garden Thursday post! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

SweetPepperRose said...

This is a very pretty chest - great paint job!
JoAnn

Jessi W said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured this on my blog today! It's truly such an amazing project, I'm so impressed! You can see the feature and grab a Featured button here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/07/features-from-the-fun-in-functional-6/

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a difference! it looks amazing! love the hardware, too!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Cyndi ~ you have a great blog!
So happy I stopped in...this piece looks great!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Beautifuly done Cyndi. Thanks for sharing it at Shabbilicious Friday.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Cyndi--I love how you made this look like 6 drawers! great makeover!

gail

Pam Jackson said...

What a great piece. Turned out so nice. THanks for sharing. http://pam-lifethroughmyeyes.blogspot.com/

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So cute! And a total transformation!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Featured you this morning! Thanks so much for joining us Cyndi!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What a great transformation! Love the numbers and the bin pulls. I'm stopping by from Elizabeth&Co. feature. Wishing your daughter all the best with the arrival of her little one.

At The Picket Fence said...

That is just so darling! Thanks so much for sharing it with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday!
Vanessa

Judy said...

What an absolutely gorgeous transformation. I will be featuring it tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

NanaDiana said...

Cyndi- AMAZING transformation. I found you through...uh....um...oh yeah- through Sharon @ Elizabeth and Co. Love your blog and I am your newest follower. Hugs- Diana

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Wonderful transformation!! TFS!! Stopping by from DIY by Design's linky party.

Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/07/bow-pleated-purse.html

Brandi said...

Great makeover! You did a beautiful job!