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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pink Saturday 10/16/2010 and Kitchen Cabinet Redo

Happy pink saturday! Please click on the logo below for Beverly's How Sweet The Sound and see the other participants.

I'm still alive and still doing massive amounts—for me anyway—of physical therapy each day and also having to take ibuprofen. I truly don't want to get hooked on pain killers and ibuprofen does help with the pain. I met a woman in PT who had this problem and she said it took her 8 months! I can't/won't be away from blogging for 8 months so we'll see how it works out.

I am still skimming through the blogs a few minutes each day but I simply can't sit here long enough to comment, so please, please forgive me.

Hubby and I received free movie tickets a couple of months ago for my birthday and couldn't find any clean PG movies to go see until I heard about Secretariat. We saw it today and if you haven't seen it, run to your local theater and see it. It was one of the most wonderful movies we've seen. Kids will enjoy this too. We loved it! Just like a movie should be. Great, great movie.

I finally finished with the kitchen cabinet I bought a couple of months ago since it was easier for me to stand than sit with the ham string and groin muscles pulled. I am very happy with it. Love Bunny, however, thinks I'm nuts taking a perfectly good oak cabinet, painting it and then sanding the heck out of it so it will look vintage, distressed and romantic!

This is what I purchased at Home Depot originally.

This is what I've been doing to it for several days. This is the door.

The cabinet.

The side panels.


With all the decals I already have, I was wondering which one to use on it. That was a big decision. I loved this one but it was a bit small for such a large door.

The only brush to use as far as I'm concerned. This was a fantastic brush. If you use a cheap brush, you are wasting your time. It was well worth the money I paid. It made a world of difference in applying Zinssers primer.

When I tell you all something that can make a huge difference in what the outcome will be, I like to give you the reason why it is so. The man at Home Depot explained it to me this way in its simplest form. One, it is made in the USA and that makes a difference to me most times. Two, it's put together much better for that reason alone. Three, the bristles are frayed—as you can see by the closeup photo and that makes the stroke much, much smoother. A friend of ours painted houses while putting himself through college and said he's got the same brush he used 30 years ago and continues to use it to this day and it's a Purdy. That's how good they are. It is definitely worth the few dollars extra you would pay. And I didn't even get the highest priced one for which I paid under $20.00

More distressing outside when the weather turned nice.

The left side will be where it opens, hinged on the right. I scruffed it up a bit more there where wear and tear would naturally occur.

The decal I finally decided I liked best for the kitchen cabinet.

The finished door. I do have a white ceramic knob with a rose decal on it that hubby will have to put on it when we decide to hang it, which should be in the next few days.

This is the knob I'll be putting on it.

This was put up early this morning. Things were changed around on the kitchen walls though.

The white cabinet after I painted it and shabbied it up to look vintage.
Side view and a little bit of the shelf we changed to that area.

I had to find 2 places for 2 shelves that were there the cabinet is now.

Close up of the view when I'm at the sink now. I love looking at roses and these two arrangements do the trick for me.

The other one went on the other side of the kitchen near the patio door on the left. These may not stay decorated exactly like this, only time will tell.



  1. love your cabinet!!! looks great in your kitchen.;)

  2. Poor Girl, 8 months does sound like way too long for you. I see even pain and aches don't stop you. Your cabinets are looking great. The decals are so pretty. Men just don't get it but you're so lucky to have one that just goes with the flow.

    Take it easy on yourself and don't do any more to damage you. There's only one of you and I'm quite happy with you as is.

    ooxx's...Tracy :)

  3. Hello sweet Connie! I do miss your visits but I understand your situation, sometimes it is important to take time to care for yourself. I see you are sooooo busy with this darling cabinet! I just love it. The shabby white is perfect and the roses are just darling! Have a lovely day!

  4. Good morning Connie,
    WOW!! That cabinet sure looks gorgeous!! You did a fabulous job on it!!! I love the rose decal and the knob. They add a perfect rosey touch!!
    Happy Pink Saturday!
    I hope you are feeling better very soon.
    Warm hugs, Laura

  5. G'morn precious Connie ~ I so hope that this heals quickly for you ... it is such a painful problem to endure. Prayers for you ..

    Your cupboards are going to look like mine ... don't you just love the look?! I so am in love with mine. The decal is perfect. Where did you find them? I used medallions on my cupboards which you can view in my post somewhere this past week ... I am in love with all your changes.

    Please take care, don't push yourself & know I miss you terribly.

    Have a beautiful PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  6. Hello Connie...Happy Pink Saturday, too!
    Your cabinet looks pretty and the decal you chose! Thank you for the paint brush tip.
    I hope you heal up soon and are not in too much pain....if I got to where I could not sit long I am not sure, with all the sewing and painting I do, just how I would do with that!
    Thinking of you,

  7. What a wonderful job you did on your cabinet. It's beautiful! I would love to paint my honey oak cabinets but my husband won't hear of it. I have been painting everything else though. You need to come by and see what I did with my fireplace.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  8. Hi Connie! Miss you but I'm glad you're taking care of yourself. I love the cupboard and what you've done to it!

    I just used two Purdy paint brushes for my kitchen table project and I am a huge fan! I always passed on them before because of the price - but now I am a convert. There is nothing better!


  9. Happy Pink Saturday Connie. Oh how I love the way the cabinet came out. I wouldn't mind doing that with mine when they get painted, but I am too chicken-lol. Love the pictures above your sink. I can't wait to get started on mine. I did win 8 double rolls of wallpaper that will brighten up the kitchen when we pull the burned one off and change the rest of the room. Hope you are getting better with your therapy, because I sure miss your daily posts, but health always comes first. Love and hugs, Pat

  10. Oh how very very pretty, sis! I love the decal you chose, too! Such a sweet and purdy kitchen!!

    Been missin' ya. I feel a phone call in the works soon!

    Angelic Accents

  11. Hi Connie, you sweet chick! So glad to see you are back and blogging...hope all is better for you soon.

    The cabinet turned out very sweet!


  12. pretty, pretty, pretty Connie. It's so you! (and love bunny). It's so true about a good quality brush. My son painted houses for two years during his college summer vacations and I am still using the good brushes he bought and used. It does make all the difference in the world. I am so sorry you are having problems. Don't know what is wrong but as soon as I post this I will scroll on down and find out what happened. Haven't seen you in a while and miss you. xoxo Lynn

  13. What a wonderful job you've done - although I wouldn't have expected anything less, lol.

    Just to let you know, I've moved to WordPress so you'll (hopefully) see a different ID under my post.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Connie (hugs from the UK)

  14. Hi Connie,
    I went to physio therapy almost every second day for three months. It helped a great deal but like you, I wasn't able to sit at the computer for long lengths of time. My back is feeling much better now but I'm still doing the exercisies. Your cabinet door looks wonderful; good job! We are hoping to paint ours one of these days too but I'm not up to it just now. Love the knob and the decal! Lovely pinks! Happy Pink Saturday weekend and hope you heal up quickly!


  15. I love how that cabinet turned out. Good Job! Please join the prayer circle for breast cancer on my blog. Happy Pink Saturday!

  16. What a lot of work but it turned out lovely. I'm so sorry about your injury. Hope everything works out soon. Loved all your pretty pinks.

  17. Hi Connie, What a cute cabinet, I love how it finished up. So soft an pretty! Hoping you will be mended soon.
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  18. How neat you feel good enough to keep your creativity going. I really hope your recovery is QUICK and you are your active self again soon!
    Hugs, Patti

  19. Ooooh Connie! Your cabinets are sweet and precious~ just like you!! I am so sorry about your injury. I am sending lots of love, good thoughts and prayers your way.

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley

  20. Sending you BIG healing hugs Connie.
    You did a great job with the cabinet.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  21. Connie, you are just too good. The cabinet looks wonderful - and I love the knob.

    I hope you are continuing to improve. I have you in my prayers.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  22. Many thanks for your helpful comments on French Village Life. I am the friend who needed the help! Hopefully I shall soon have a pretty blog like yours.

  23. Hi Connie!

    I had to pop on over to see how you were feeling... I sure hope this big 'ol owie mends quickly. I've never had that, but it sounds horrible.

    Love your little cabinet "do".. It turned out so sweet. I'm so glad you can still get some fun things finished.


  24. That is a really pretty project. Stick with the pt so you can be up and running soon!


  25. Hi Connie~ I'm fighting a flu bug and have our BFF's coming tomorrow :-/..I roused myself off the couch to distract myself by blog surfing and thought I'd pop over for a visit. I am so sorry to hear of your struggles!! I will be praying for a speedy recovery for you dear friend!

  26. Hi Connie,
    Your cabinet looks great! You did a wonderful job on it...with the Connie touch...
    Very pretty indeed.
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

  27. Beautiful, per usual, sweet Connie! I see you're still up to your eyeballs in creative endeavors!!! xoxoxoxo

  28. Oh, I hope you will be feeling better soon. Your cabinets are lovely. Happy Pink Saturday!

  29. Pain pain go away...I'm not sure why you are having to go through PT but I can feel your pain. That's why I'm up and typing at this lonely hour of the morning. Love what you have done with the cabinets. One way to let people know you stopped by is just to write something generic and copy it. Next blog, write a line then paste what you copied. It makes it fun to know who stopped by. Have a blessed day, hope and pray you feel better soon. Debbie

  30. Oh the cabinet looks so precious!! Gosh I am terribly behind in my visiting all my favorite gals posts. You have been so busy with your candle holders and cabinets!

    bee blessed


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