What Became of a Broken Cupboard

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

There must be a lot of people who don’t see the potential in broken furniture, I see it all the time! I actually think when I buy a piece of neglected furniture off someone they think they have pulled a fast one on me! Little do they know! Sometimes I tell people what I do……..sometimes I must have a look about me (like a little glint in my eye or maybe it is the paint splattered clothes?) that makes them ask if I restore old furniture. I am certain a lot of the time I look completely crazy, I am actually quite certain I am completely crazy! But I love seeing the hidden potential in the neglected and at times butchered furniture. I actually am quite happy when people don’t see what I do because I know for certain I would be paying twice as much and nobody wants that. This brings me to today’s piece of furniture….or at least what was a piece of furniture.

I am assuming at one point in time the parts I found came from a very beautiful cupboard….some craftsman had spent a great deal of time creating the details. Unfortunately somewhere along the line it had been literally shattered to pieces and all that was left was parts. These parts were on their way to the dump when I came across them and saw their hidden potential.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

I found two cupboard doors and one mirrored door (this is not in this post but you bet I have made it into something special also) and I knew IMMEDIATELY what the plain doors could be…..chalkboards! After a little hole filling, sanding and removing the hinges I got to work turning them into chalkboards. I painted the center of each with chalkboard paint before using MMSMP in Schloss on one and MMSMP in Layla’s Mint on another. Finally I distressed them, waxed and seasoned the chalkboards before attaching hanging wire to the back. Now they had everything they needed to find love again in a new home.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Chalkboards

I love projects like this that take little work but make something beautiful and unique out of what was someone trash. Don’t you think they look perfect now…..like they were always meant to be?


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  • Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. - September 16, 2015 - 11:28 pm

    Okay I loved the first one but the second one in Layla’s Mint is gorgeous! I love the “Home Sweet Home” graphic on that one as well! I love how much potential you saw in these… it takes someone special to take something from trash to treasure… literally. Not everyone sees the appeal! Love it! I would love for you to share at this weeks Welcome home Wednesday Link Party… we go live every Wednesday at 7am!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - September 16, 2015 - 12:08 pm

    Love the transformation!! Nice that some don’t see the potential. Again, love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Kati - September 9, 2015 - 1:49 pm

    This is gorgeous! I don’t now if I would have seen their potential, but your transformation is inspiring. I need to be more creative I guess 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - September 10, 2015 - 9:20 am

      Thanks Kati, I think your are creative enough, your blog is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Gabriela - August 27, 2015 - 11:15 pm

    Awesome idea!It is very unique and I think it’s quite fun to restore old furniture. There is such a nice reward at the end of it, isn’t it?!
    Have a great day!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 29, 2015 - 10:46 pm

      Thanks Gabriela, I love doing projects like this and reviving old furniture it is definitely worth all the hard work.ReplyCancel

  • vera - August 26, 2015 - 6:35 pm

    Love it!
    I was laughing “alone” while i was Reading your post, because. I fact I prefer more to recycle this kind of pieces, everybody would put in the fireplace than a major furniture.
    Just let me tell you that your work is beautiful.

    • Gilly - August 29, 2015 - 10:49 pm

      You are so sweet Vera! It is so nice to find a like-minded creative! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie | anderson + grant - August 26, 2015 - 1:24 pm

    I wish we could go shopping together 🙂 Of course, then we’d probably be fighting over the same “trash.”ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 29, 2015 - 10:49 pm

      Haha! I think it may be a blood bath but I think it would also be so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Riley~Re-Fabbed - August 26, 2015 - 12:17 pm

    Beautiful as always! Very creative use for them. I love it!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 29, 2015 - 10:50 pm

      Thanks Brooke, such a great compliment coming from someone as talented as you.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy diy beautify - August 26, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Gorgeous makeover! I too see beauty in the discarded all the time and Love when friends tell me about ‘garbage’ they found for me 🙂 These turned out just beautifully…I would have made them into chalkboards too!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 29, 2015 - 10:51 pm

      You must have the best friends Cindy! Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

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