FINALLY……I found it!

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

Over the weekend I picked up a vintage piece of furniture for me! Most of the time I am buying furniture to makeover and sell, which I obviously love, but it is way more exciting to buy something for yourself. I have been looking for a cabinet for our kitchen since we moved here, I wanted something along the lines of a vintage meat safe that I could use as a baking station/pantry. All the ones I have found over the years have been too small or too large……I had a very specific amount of space I was working within and I was getting really frustrated because nothing was working! Have you had that happen to you? Though I love our home, working with a small space can be so limiting at times! I was thinking that I was going to have to build something. I had even pinned an image as inspiration from City Farmhouse which shows this gorgeous open shelving unit.

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Isn’t it beautiful?! (you can go through the link and Jen gives you tips on how to style open shelving) So I was resigned to the fact I was going to have to build something like this, which would have been fine but not really what I wanted. Then on a trip to buy chalk paint I saw a cabinet that was exactly what I wanted. YEY! This was actually back in January, I didn’t buy it straight away, as I didn’t have the money. But, I thought about it for months and wondered if it was still there, it was so pretty I figured someone had bought it. Then I went in again to get chalk paint (which I don’t use that often) and it was still there. I figured it was meant to be mine, so I bought it. Now, what you need to realise is that it needs work. It has been made over already, and it looks really pretty, BUT it unfortunately doesn’t go with my style. I am sure someone else would see it and think it is perfect as is but the colour is just not quite right for my home, which I am sure you will completely understand. For now it is staying like this as I have about a million projects to get done first. I have this thing with adding things to my to do list when it is already overflowing. I cannot help myself, I am a creative, we are impulsive by nature and when the inspiration sparks I am helpless to the natural pull….at least that is my excuse for impulse shopping.

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

I styled it up for now with some of my baking supplies, I hope to make it full of pretty jars containing all my baking ingredients and pretty cake stands. I really want it to be something special in my kitchen, not just a storage solution.

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

Colour Saturated Life | Meat Safe

I would love to hear from you……what do you think of the cabinet? Any ideas as to what you think I should do? Colours? I am hoping to strip some wood and have it natural but not all of it……besides that I am open to ideas, I am hopeless at making decisions for my own painted furniture.



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  • Carol@TheRedPaintedCottage - August 11, 2015 - 11:08 pm

    I love your cabinet! I would take out the screen and add either chicken wire or glass to see inside of it better. But if you don’t want the inside to be shown, you could put in a board and paint it with chalkboard paint. So many ideas. I’ll be waiting to see what you decide to do with it. BTW, I love your glass jars on top.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 10:53 pm

      Thanks Carol! I Like your ideas, it’s always fun to hear what other people will do with a piece. Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - August 11, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    Hi great looking cabinet. I would ditch the mint green. If you want to strip it and keep it natural, how about painting the inside a bright colour for a nice contrast. Look forward to see what you do with it.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ Refresh Living - July 30, 2015 - 8:58 am

    The bones of this cabinet are gorgeous!! Keeping it in the kitchen until you have time to update it gives you some time to figure out what to do with it. I can’t wait to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - July 29, 2015 - 10:19 am

    Aw totally meant to be! It’s such a little cutie and I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Also, I just watched your first Periscope…loved hearing your voice!ReplyCancel

  • Marigene - July 29, 2015 - 9:36 am

    Awesome little cabinet, Gilly. I think I would remove the screen and put glass in the door…and as much as I love green, that mint has to go! I am anxious to see what you will come up with.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 3, 2015 - 12:48 pm

      I am glad you agree the mint has to go!ReplyCancel

  • cassie @ primitive & proper - July 29, 2015 - 9:14 am

    what a great piece! so glad it worked out for you! my vote is either black if you want classic or a darker more jade green like your other touches of green in the kitchen.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 3, 2015 - 12:48 pm

      I was leaning towards black but with wood still….so hard!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Table & Hearth - July 29, 2015 - 9:11 am

    Totally meant to be! Way to go!! I’ve been on the search for a while now for a little cabinet for our kitchen too to make into a little liquor cabinet for the husband, to no avail. Everything is either generic and too new, or it is way to wide and deep for the space I have :/ Send some of your luck my way!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 3, 2015 - 12:47 pm

      I think it is always really hard when you want something really specific….it always takes longer to find. I hope your search is successful and you share it on your blog too.ReplyCancel

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