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An up-cycled cabinet for our kitchen

upcycled cabinet

We’ve been in this house for almost three years now, but we’re still working on getting each room just the way we want. I like taking my time, seeing how we use each room and what will work with the space. And of course this is always evolving, especially now we have Rosalie – for someone so little she, and her paraphernalia, take up a surprising amount of space!

My favourite room in the house is our kitchen-diner. The kitchen is spacious and having the dining room area means there is plenty of space for Rosalie to play at the same time; it’s a real family room.

Shortly after we moved in I got a secondhand dresser which I transformed into a beautiful piece of furniture. Ever since I have been looking for a suitable corner cabinet that I can up-cycle to match; a few weeks ago I managed to nab one (fairly) locally on eBay.

So over the last week or so I’ve been utilising Rosalie’s nap times to sand, prime and paint my secondhand cabinet.

Cabinet Collage

What do you think?

It took two coats of primer/undercoat and two top coats to get the finish I was after. I used the same paint that I bought for the dresser – the Craig & Rose Acrylic Eggshell in Regency White. This paint is amazing – it is so easy to apply and leaves such a great finish, as well as being water-based so you can clean up your brushes in soapy water. (Craig & Rose haven’t asked me to write that, I genuinely love their paint!)

You can see in the final photo how well the new cabinet matches the dresser – I am so pleased with the result, and I feel rather satisfied having done it all myself. The only slight issue I had was with the door – why do doors never fit the same once you take them off? Needless to say, after much sanding and an aching arm the door does now fit and closes neatly.

Now I’m off to rearrange my china…

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8 Comments

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    LittleOandme
    April 23, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Wow it looks fab! Thanks for the paint recommendation, I have a little side table I want to paint when me move! xx

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    Jess Eliot
    April 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Becky! Definitely see if Craig & Rose do a colour you like for your side table xx

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    www.mummyofboygirltwins.com
    April 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Wow that looks amazing!! You've done such a fab job. Looks so fresh. I love a good up-cycling project. Enjoy filling it up! Jess x

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    Jenna Richards
    April 24, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Yay, I had been looking forward to reading about this.

    It looks brilliant, Jess – you must be very pleased with it. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    Carie
    April 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    It looks wonderful Jess, you're hugely talented – you'd never guess it was the same piece of furniture!

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    Jess Eliot
    April 25, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks Jess x

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    Jess Eliot
    April 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks Jenna, I'm so pleased with it xx

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    Jess Eliot
    April 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you so much Carie x

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