Sunday, May 31, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Project 4: Beach Cottage Cabinet

Pin It
I'm channeling my inner Sarah@A Beach Cottage! I found this musty, dusty, blue shelving unit in an old shed at one of my favorite junking haunts. It's been there for years, but I just now really saw it for what is was...a beach cottage gem! Here's what it looked like when I got it home...


When I posted the photo above on my Junkologie site, someone asked me if it had been used for chickens. I actually think it was used to hold various nails and other tools. There is one cubby that is labeled "brads"...as in brad nails. I also found lots of nails when I was cleaning it. And boy was that a task!

After hosing it down and scrubbing it, I hauled it inside by myself. Yes, myself. Why? I was alone and I wanted it moved! From the driveway, up a flight of deck stairs, through the patio door, through the living room, and into the dining room. How did I do it? With a dolly and a lot of ingenuity! Let's leave it at that!!

So, now when you walk in through the kitchen, you catch a glimpse of this aqua blue beauty.


As you round the corner...

You might notice that I flipped it upside down so that I had shelves instead of cubbies. I thought it would be perfect to display my white dishes, the set of china from my grandmother, and various glass and seashell items.





What do you think? I love the aqua hue, the beadboard, and the rustic nature...a time-worn warmth that would be perfect for any beach cottage. The only thing left is to move to somewhere with a warm, sunny beach! :)



Join the fun!


Hooked on Friday hosted by Julia@Hooked on Houses






73 comments:

  1. I love the blue shelf! What a find!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Don't you just love it when it all comes together! Such a point of interest. Couldn't find a gem like that at a "real" store, if ya know what I mean!

    The Texas Woman

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love it, love the color and it looks fabulous with your white dishes! Drooled over it when I saw it in your post the other day.

    Renee

    ReplyDelete
  4. Isn't it amazing how strong we are when we want a treasure moved somewhere?! Oh my gosh, I love this cabinet. It's the absolute perfect color, and the white dishes look stunning in it. And I'll comment here on those owls. You totally updated them---no more seventies!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What I say is "Magnificent"! I love it! That's what I do with such items, hose them off with sort of a powerful jet but, not a power washer...set it in the sun for a few hours (or in and out of the sun for a number of days if there's a musty smell). I would've done the upside down thing with it too. Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Amy - I just love your new cabinet display piece. I have been a follower of Sarah in Australia since last Fall and so love her style. She of course would give it a wash of white paint, but I'm loving the aqua. You could bring that piece right down to my house and/or cabin and it would fit in perfectly. lol
    Love it!
    Gretchen

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh, my gosh, I absolutely love it! It looks perfect in your home. Of course, one of my favourite colours too!

    ReplyDelete
  8. OMG!!! I love your new cupboard! And the color is perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  9. oh wow!!!!!

    you are a woman after my own heart lol!

    I love this, I would have snapped that up, it truly is a beach cottage gem and errm I think I may well have left it in the gorgeous watery chippy aqua, mmmm mmm...in fact it is just what I am looking for for my breakfast room but haven't quite yet found, so you could send it over to my beach cottage hahaha a bit of a trek though

    oh and can I just say I would kill for that slopey clad ceiling up there, I'm trying to concoct ways for Mr BC to add some tongue and groove

    happy morphing and more importantly junking, wish I was a bit nearer to you..

    ReplyDelete
  10. Can we switch homes or can I live there with you. So beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ohhh I'm glad you kept the chippy paint and that awesome color .. LOVE IT!
    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  12. How cool is that ? You didn't even have to paint it or distress it ? Wow , really cool !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

    ReplyDelete
  13. LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY!! I wanna go shopping with you!! PLease come to Raleigh and bring your luck with you!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's gorgeous! I love it with the owls you just painted! Great finds!

    ReplyDelete
  15. It's perfect, both beachy and cottagey! Love the color...Christine

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a great cabinet and such wonderful storage. I love the way you have all the dishes displayed. Beautiful piece. Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
  17. Lucky duck. You must be carrying around some kind of rabbit's foot for all the good finds you have scored. That aqua color is fast becoming a new favorite of mine! I have to add...the owls look pretty darn cute perched on top. Love the battery jar!
    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  18. I LOVE, LOVE it! It looks gorgeous with all the dishes you have displayed. Great Find!!
    Toni

    ReplyDelete
  19. oh my it looks absolutely fantastic and so beautiful with the dishes on it.
    hugs
    janet

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh, this is a wonderful piece! I love the chippyness of the finish and you've dressed it up wonderfully!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Awesome! This is picture perfect, and speaking of pictures your photography is stunning. I am glad you had vision and gave this beautiful piece a deserving home. its like it was meant to be in that spot. Love it! Thanks for sharing! ~barb

    ReplyDelete
  22. I think you had the right idea flipping it around. I like it better as shelves instead of cubbies. It really highlights your dishes. It's just the right shade of aqua and shabby-ness! Congrats on getting into the house all alone - BTW! ~ Robyn

    ReplyDelete
  23. Do I have to whisper? I'd rather shout. I LOVE the aqua.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Wow! what a find!!! I love the aqua...But man, oh man, I love the owls!!
    Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  25. LOVE IT!!! And where did you get those owls, so cool! Check out my kitchen makeover if you like!

    ReplyDelete
  26. It is absolutely beautiful and screams beach cottage!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I have to say... from the first photo... I had my doubts... Sorry... But I shouldn't ever doubt serious beach cottage decorators and their sharp eye for a gem! Its just gorgeous!
    Have a happy week!
    ~Really Rainey~

    ReplyDelete
  28. The cabinet was a terrific find. I love the way you displayed it. It looks fabulous in your room. As always, I enjoyed your posting.

    ReplyDelete
  29. GOt here from susan's blog and boy you really put it to good use.You have a lovely blog and i'll be back soon,can't view it all today.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I LOVE this!!! It looks amazing. I'm going to show it to my husband and maybe he can make me one like it. ;-)

    I love your style.
    -FringeGirl

    ReplyDelete
  31. That is seriously an awesome find!! Lucky you!

    ReplyDelete
  32. WOW, What can I say, they all took the words right out of my mouth.
    That aqua blue nail display ROCKS!

    Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh my gosh! I love that piece, what a great find. Perfect the color it is and you had a great spot to use it. That's my problem, I'm full up already! I just love, love this piece, you scored.

    ReplyDelete
  34. What a woman! I've got a chest of drawers to move and I'm gonna get at it right now. You are my Hero. It looks just great. Really terrific piece~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    ReplyDelete
  35. Oh wow! I love it! It's perfect for your beautiful dishes in your gorgeous room!

    I'm new to your blog. Nice to "meet" you!

    :off to check out more of your projects::

    ReplyDelete
  36. Great cabinet! Love the color! Amazing how a little scrubbing and a new home can transform a piece of junk! Bet your area is beautiful about now...enjoy the week!
    Peace,
    Ki

    ReplyDelete
  37. I think by all the comments, it is a keeper!!!! I love this idea and love that you turned it around, it seems more grounded now...and of course you decorated it just perfect!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. I think I am in love. What a wonderful place for this and what a lovely way to display all of your dishes. Awesome! I, too, am new to your blog but glad i found it. I love your style! Visit mine when you get a chance and don't forget to show some love! Look forward to seeing more from you.
    Kennesha
    www.menmyhouseblog.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. Great find! Love the blueness of it all with your white dishes etc.
    Nice!
    Linda Q

    ReplyDelete
  40. It is SO perfect. *sigh* I love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the comment! :o)

    ReplyDelete
  41. Oh. My. Lovliness. That is just the find of the century......and I really like that you flipped it around to utilize it as shelves :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. First of all, that piece and the color is awesome! The white china from grandma is perfectly displayed and I love the shells you added. This piece is so beach cottage and the shells are perfect! Stop by and visit and if you like what you see, don't forget to click the "follow" button so that we can inspire each other more often!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Your cabinet couldn't be more PERFECT. I love everything about it! Can I have it, please?

    p.s. Are you glad it was nails instead of chicken poo?

    ReplyDelete
  44. Fantastic find! I love it.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Amy, thanks so much for your comment. Sounds like fun. It just has such a neat shape. I am sure you will turn all the pieces into something completely cool.

    I really like this piece that you picked up. I used to have shelves in my dining room with dishes from my grandma and great-grandmas and I really liked that.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Ohhhh, I love it. The color is gorgeous, and every time I saw it I would be waiting to hear the beach waves!! I still can't believe that you got that up the driveway AND stairs!!

    :)
    ~Tabitha

    ReplyDelete
  47. What a fantastic piece of furniture!! I like the color a lot and the items you have displayed are very charming!
    I am like you ... the moving story! :o) I would have done the same thing!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

    ReplyDelete
  48. That is beautiful! I am amazed at people who can put the delicate and lovely together with chippy and old and it be so perfect! I want that talent. Hugs ~cindy s~

    ReplyDelete
  49. My heart leaped out and wanted it too! It's beautiful!
    LuLu

    ReplyDelete
  50. Girl, you are lucky I didn't find that before you did!!!! I love it but I wouldn't have had a more perfect place to put it than you did...it looks fabulous with all of your beautiful goodies on it! Awesome!!!
    everything vintage

    ReplyDelete
  51. Oh, that is lovely. I'm a little jealous over here on the west coast. And I love all of your decor.

    Kate

    ReplyDelete
  52. Oh I love the aqua-tiffany-blue paired with the crisp white dishes! Lovely and classic -- what a find!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Haha!! Even before I started reading, as soon as I saw the picture, I thought it looked just like something Sarah at A Beach Cottage would bring home!! :-)

    Great find, and you've accessorized it really nicely. Your white dishes look great against the aqua :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

    ReplyDelete
  54. Love the worn aqua wood - especially balanced with the pristine white china

    ReplyDelete
  55. Love love love your cabinet...great photos too!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Love the cabinet --it's amazing what a little elbow grease can accomplish. Good job!
    I'm struggling with a mini-makeover at a beach house -- wish me luck!
    Cass

    ReplyDelete
  57. That piece is awesome! I've looked for something similar for a while now. Great find, and I love the display you have on it!

    ReplyDelete
  58. I am salivating! I can't believe you passed it up for so long - and that no one else beat you to it! Must have been meant just for you. It looks perfect in your space!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Oh, I LOVE it! That's just the sort of thing I could use in my dining room. The color is great, too.

    ReplyDelete
  60. i don't know what it is about cubby hole cupboards ... i just want them all ... they just make me smile, smile, smile!

    wonderful wonderful ...
    prairiegirl

    ReplyDelete
  61. I really like this piece-- the paint color, the wear, the way it blends in so nice with your room and decor.

    ReplyDelete
  62. I want that cabinet, it would look great in my house!!!! love it and your blog, i'm now a follower, thanks

    ReplyDelete
  63. That is an amazing piece. Seriously...I would come into your home and take it. It would be worth going to jail over. Ok, not seriously, but it's a beautiful piece. :) I love all of the white dishes in it. Just perect!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Your piece is featured over at my blog today. Just an FYI. :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. I love it! I would move everything to the other side of my house just to find a perfect spot for it. Great use for it too.

    ReplyDelete
  66. I love it! It is so great to find the pieces of furniture that can be hosed off and better left as is.

    Love the way you it is displayed.

    ReplyDelete
  67. How did I miss this post? Quoting every two year old I know: "I WANT THAT. I NEED THAT."

    ReplyDelete

Life whispers...what is it saying today?