When we decided to move to France a few years ago, one of the things we were most excited about was getting old items and restoring them. Now I must confess I am not a natural DIY’er. In fact, I am very bad at it. However, I put in a lot of effort. I practice, because like Joanna Gaines once said, you learn and your practice. Ok, she may have not have said that exactly that but trust me it was something like that.
So when I found this lovely cabinet tucked away in a storage unit of an antique dealer, I decided to put my amateur skills to the test. I think it is worth noting that so far, knock on wood, it has been five months and the plants in this picture are STILL ALIVE! Apparently, I have a bit of a yellowish-green thumb in France.
The first thing that I did with this wonderful piece was clean it up, cause it was covered and I mean covered in dust. Then I tucked some coffee ground inside of it for a few days until I decided what I wanted. to do with it, and to get rid of the old wood smell. Coffee grounds can be used for so much more than just merely drinking. Though I do want to point out that I used fresh coffee grounds. Used coffee grounds will be covered in another post.
For about two weeks, I left the coffee grounds inside and debated what color I wanted. The husband and I headed to the local paint shop and decided to grab a sweet shade of green. Click here to see my previous post on my version of a French Country house and the color scheme I have chosen.
The first thing that I had to do was rip off any and all wallpaper the previous owner had placed on the shelves inside. Not having a paint scraper, or wanting to get the wood even wetter was not an idea for getting the wallpaper off.
Now, here is the part where the professional in me would have sanded the shelves to make a smoother surface when I began painting but I am not a professional and I liked the imperfections. Warning, please do not copy me! You should use the right tools, I am not using the correct tool, and though I was very careful and did not get hurt there is a chance you could!
Once I was done ripping off the old wallpaper, I then put my five-year-old to work. Why not? After all, if we had our farm now he would be feeding the pigs. He loved it, trust me, for him this was not work .
After the paint dried then I tapped into my inner Martha Stewart and began organizing. To my surprise, I became super good at organizing my things. As the picture below will attest. Once I get my glass jars and baskets this will look even better.
I don’t even miss the bottom not being there. Though I will be heading to the hardware store this week. All in all, I think the project came out really well. The color is the perfect shade of green, and it fills the void of the farmhouse, temporarily.