Wednesday, October 26, 2011

An easy furniture repurposing idea and an AMAZING GIVEAWAY!

So remember last week when I revealed my kitchen after stenciling it with a Royal Design Studios stencil?  Well, I have an addition to that kitchen to reveal - and am announcing a giveaway hosted by Royal Design Studios!  To enter the stencil giveaway, go to the Royal Design Studios site, peruse the amazing stencil selection, and come back here and leave a comment, or email me, with the stencil that you would like to win. To comment on this post (scroll to the bottom of this post and right above "Labels" you will see a number followed by the word "comments." Click on the word "Comments." Or, you will see a link, "Post a Comment," which you click on to comment.

If you receive posts in your email feel free to respond to the email noting that you'd like to be entered in the drawing. Then, go to Royal Design Studio's facebook page and "Like" them.  For this giveaway, the stencil you select must be under $50. 

Here is my kitchen and the easy furniture repurposing idea:
For this project I repurposed a medicine cabinet into a spice rack.

Here is the mirror situation that was in our bathroom when we moved in.  It has since been amended. The medicine cabinet, on the right, was not my style at all, with the carved flowers and dry brush metallic silver paint treatment.

I unmounted the cabinet, and removed the door/mirror. I also gave the cabinet a wash with a cloth and mild soap.  I decided to leave the holes where the door was attached and the magnetic closure.  I liked that it added some history/story to the piece.

I painted the cabinet in an eggshell white with a roller.  A roller creates a smoother finish than a brush.  I used a brush to get into the corners.  Note to the wiser than me:  If you're not sure the finish of the furniture you're about to repaint/refinish - sand it (and wear a mask in case the previous finish is nasty), and PRIME.  Turned out the paint didn't stick to well to whatever finish the cabinet had on it originally, so I had to go back and prime it.

voila!  The finished medicine cabinet turned spice rack in our new kitchen!

It looks like a custom piece, and the white contrasts nicely off the navy blue, I think.


I'm working on another kitchen DIY which I'll reveal next week. I'm very excited about this one - as it's going to free up a cabinet's worth of space.

I'll end by leaving you with some stenciling inspiration from RDS. Remember to comment with the stencil you'd like to win and "like" them on facebook! (They also have a Twitter feed). The drawing closes Nov. 2nd at 6 PM EST. I'll announce the winner the following day. Good luck!



23 comments:

Kristin said...

Love the Moorish Trellis Large stencil, it would look great behind my bed!

D. said...

I love the Chez Sheik! There are so many fun things I could do with it.

D. said...

I like RDS on FB (D. Medina)

Megs said...

I love the Moroccan Chez Sheik stencil!

Rachel Sophia said...

I love the Moroccan Large Marrakesh Allover Trellis!

Anonymous said...

Hello!

Firstly I love your blog (one can never hear that too many times, right?!) and am crazy about your kitchen makeover! Our apartment has a wretched pastel/silver wallpaper that makes me feel like we retired in Florida and should be playing golf and eating dinner at 4... ANYhow - it could certainly use a redo and these stencils are just the right inspiration. I am in LOVE with so many of them that I had a terrible time making up my mind and finally had to force myself to focus on what would be ideal in the space...which lead me to the Large Moroccan Arches pattern.

Thank you so much for all you do AND for such an excellent giveaway :)

Yours,
Amanda

Anonymous said...

Ashley,
My pick if I were to win is Large Hollywood squares 33090, or Tiger stripes 3100. What a fun project to attempt.
Bonnie

Mreffey said...

Oh this is too weird... I just made up my mind yesterday to get the ribbon lattice all over! Now I will wait with my fingers crossed hoping i get this! If not, I am still so buying this! :)

bevy said...

great re-purposing idea! can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

Blake Barakat said...

I love the Lisboa Tile Allover, I would use it on my concrete floors in the mud room. I have been searching for just the right one!

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Unknown said...

I like the arabesqe allover and I would be more than happy to pay the difference. love it!

Julie said...

My favorite is Cherry Blossom Border. The stencils are all beautiful.

Julie said...

Ooops...I meant Cherry Blossom stencil from the Kimono Collection, not the Cherry Blossom Border. :)

delacour said...

My Favorite is the Granada Border or tiger stripes! I really loved all of them though! :)

Anonymous said...

I love the Allover Pattern: Ribbon Lattice- Angela Thompson

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashley,

Great blog, have shared it with many!

Please enter me for the stencil contest, with interest in the Cherry Blossom stencil.

Thanks for sharing all of your finds with us!

Regards,

Jacqui Salvino

Amy_Boh said...

I love the large Chez Sheik stencil!

Lora Coburn said...

Love the stencils! Too many to decide on just one.

Deb said...

I would without a doubt get the Paisleys. And they really would be painted on a wall in India!!

Jessica said...

I cannot pick between the small hollywood squares or the large deco damask!

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Jessica said...

I like RDS on Facebook

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I follow RDS on twitter

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Jess said...

Folk flower is my favourite. It would look great stencilled in a slightly distressed way in muted tones with a hint of fluro to make it really modern. It would probably take me a year to choose the colours though, and a million paint samples.

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