Why didn't I think of that?

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Have you ever seen a really cool or practical idea on Pinterest, or one of the 'How To' shows and ask yourself 'Why didn't I think of that?' 

Check out this old cabinet my mom found in my Great Grandpa Calvin's workshop. When she dug the cabinet out from under a pile of oilcans and old tools it was raw wood and oil soaked from top to bottom.  The story was that grandpa had built or had someone build the cabinet, probably back in the 1930's or 40's for my Great Grandma Murl's kitchen.  Eventually the cabinet found itself out in the workshop and remained there for many years.  After my great grandparents passed away, my mom uncovered it and we refurbished the cabinet to be a practical and much needed part of her kitchen today. 

The beautiful red Kitchen Aid mixer came from Sam's Club.  The products used to refurbish the antique cabinet came from Holton's True Value Hardware, delicious food products from our Alma, Arkansas Cracker Barrel, and the milk and eggs from Braum's Dairy.  Here are the steps we took to refurbish the cabinet.

After scraping the oil off of the cabinet, a new counter top was needed because the oil was too embedded in the wood to repaint.  The old top was removed and a plank counter top was made out of 1 x 12's to replace the old ones with.  After sanding the cabinet thoroughly, we primed the cabinet with Kilz 2 Premium Primer from our local True Value Hardware.  We then topped the primer with a couple of good coats of True Value's Easy Care Ultra Premium Interior Paint in white semi-gloss.

The cabinet did not have any doors so My Papaw Joe made doorframes with a 1/2" rabbit, which we inset with bead board paneling. We purchased the bead board from Lowe's for about $20 for a 4’ x 8’ sheet and cut it to size.  We completed the cabinet with white hinges from True Value and white ceramic knobs.

To make the measuring chart, which we placed on the inside left cabinet door, we took a piece of regular matboard and covered it with wrapping paper.  Wallpaper, shelf liner, wrapping paper, etc. can be used.  We wrapped the mat board, taping the back edges securely.  We adhered the matboard to the inside of the cabinet door with double stick tape.  Decorative tacks can also be used. We typed up the measurements chart and had it printed on cardstock at a local print shop.  We secured the chart and the 'You are Awesome' sign to the wrapped matboard with double stick tape, also.  After it was secure we used Tacky Glue to cover the edges of the cardstock with red gimp.

The same steps were used to cover and adhere the measuring cups and spoon hanger door - minus the gimp.  My friend Jody Ray made me two strips of lumber 1" x 15" (to fit my door) x 3/16" thick.  (Remember to make the strips approximately 2" shorter than the total width of your cabinet door.  This prevents the wooden strips from causing the door not to shut.  The sticks were primed and painted and after laying out the measuring spoons and cups at equal distances from the largest part of the cups and spoons, cup hooks were screwed in place.  We also had the print shop print cup and spoon sizes, which we also cut and adhered with double stick tape directly to the wooden slats.

Hints:  When we first saw this on Pinterest we planned on doing the chart with vinyl letters cut with a Cricut.  We were told that the less than 1" size letters were difficult for the Cricut to cut.  I don't know this to be certain as I wasn't familiar with the Cricut myself.  We then opted for scrapbook lettering.  However, because of the number of 1's and 2's in comparison to the rest of the numbers and letters, and the number of packages it took to get enough 1's, we opted to have the chart done at a print shop in the interest of time.

FYI - Our local Michael's store was very helpful.  With more time, I believe the scrapbook lettering from Michael's would be ideal and could be adhered directly to the cabinet door if you choose not to inset with the matboard and paper.  The 'You Are Awesome' sign would also be ideal done with the Michael's Cricut.

If you choose to do this project, we would love to post pictures of your finished piece along with your personal hints.  Please e:mail your photos to travelhappyprod@hotmail.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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