Thursday, April 24, 2014

What Would You Do With This?

Last July, I came clean and admitted that I took part in the "country" decorating of the 80's. You can read about it here. I had a corner shelf that I painted white and the inside was painted a soft yellow. We thought that we didn't want painted furniture then, everything had to be stained wood.
 
There were some things that I held onto for one reason or another. This piece belonged to a friend of mine and I always admired it. She gave it to me about 15 years ago. V called it a spice cabinet. It has been upstairs for some time now, then I thought that I should give it a second look. My husband brought it downstairs last night.
 
 
The piece looks dated, but I still like it. Maybe it just needs an update? I love it except for the heart cut out in the bottom section. What were we thinking then?


 
Opinions please. What would you do with it? Give it a coat of paint? What color would you choose? What would you do with the heart cut out? I would like to give this well made piece a new life. It will be in my kitchen. The walls are a soft yellow and the trim is white. My kitchen cabinets are white also. We live in an old farmhouse and I have tried to keep with that theme throughout the house.
 
Tell me what would you do with this piece. How would you give it a new life? I can't decide what to do with it.

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  1. Hi Melanie, Love your spice cabinet and what a generous gift your friend gave you. I have one a bit smaller but it does not have the heart cut out and stacks in two pieces. I use it now in my studio. I know what you mean about the heart cutout. At one time it was so popular with country décor but not so much now. Just a suggestion~ I would paint the whole cabinet whatever color you love, but take off the top door to relief open shelves. The bottom door could be covered over the heart with a nice graphic decoupaged over the heart or place a label on thin wood and glue on. You could take off the bottom door too and use open shelves with baskets for storage. This would give it a farmhouse look and not so country. Also you could change out the drawer pulls too. It really is a wonderful piece and the updates will really give it new life. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy and have fun!
    Hugs and Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so very much! Love the idea of placing a label over the heart!!!! I like everything you are saying here and it would update the piece. Changing the drawer pulls is simple too, had not considred that but I am now! Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting!

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  2. You know what I will say :)--I would paint it white! I would probably paint the back wall of it yellow. I think the heart will look okay after it is painted. It is a nice piece!

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    1. LOL!! Yes and that is a probably what color I will choose! Like the idea of painting the back wall yellow, that is what I did to the corner shelf. Thank you Sandy, love your ideas! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Hmmm... I'm not sure if I have any ideas. I like the country look and feel of it and to be honest, the heart isn't bad :) I bet you will come up with an amazing idea and I can't wait to see what it is :)

    Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, I have given it a coat of primer now. Maybe it will be ready for a reveal next week. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Hi Melanie!
    I love this cupboard.
    It is hard for me to tell...it the upper door, screened, with wire?
    I'd leave it. If you like it.
    The bottom door? I would use some small /thin trim pieces to frame out the door to match the upper and then right down the middle, put two wood pieces side by side to fit inside the newly created frame door. covering up the heart opening. Then paint the whole thing WHITE!
    :)
    I have shelf with a STAR cut out. I've been trying to figure out what to do... you just helped me out with it.
    I may just take my own advice and cover that star with thin strips of trim.
    What do you think?
    blessings, Pat

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    1. Thanks Pat! The upper door is screened and yes I did paint it white! Glad that I helped you, would your idea work on the shelf too? I had not considered the trim, like that idea though! My creative well just seemed to be dry when I thought about this piece and appreciate all of the ideas! You should try your idea! Show us when you are finished so we can ooh and ahh over it! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Melanie I love it just the way it is.. !?! I would use it on a short dining room wall I have where it would be perfect or on another short wall to an entry foyer. I know whatever you do with it will be darling!!!

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    1. Thanks! It isn't a tall piece, so I can easily imagine it on a short wall. Love the ideas that have been shared here! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Don't change it!!! I love the country style. It gives it that country feeling. If the heart really bothers you, I would cover it with the two strips like your friend Pat said. But otherwise, just painting and distressing it will accent things in such a way that it looks updated and intentional. I definitely wouldn't change the upper door. It creates so much character. What a great piece!!!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I did paint it white and I like the white, pictures are coming! The bottom door, well I haven't done anything there. The weather hasn't been cooperative for painting these past few days! I think that it is a great piece too. Thank you for visiting, it is always good to see you here!

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