Monday, May 14, 2012

The Ugly Duckling Cabinet

There was a furniture sale at one of the local thrift shops last fall and I bought this trashed little vanity side cabinet. Even with the 25% off it was, to my mind, overpriced for its condition. But I'd just sold a vanity side cabinet and kinda missed it.

This poor little thing, with its missing veneer and miss-matched pulls, got loaded into my car and I had buyers' remorse immediately. In my rush, I hadn't noticed it was missing some pieces in the back before I bought it. When it had been removed from the rest of the vanity, long, long ago, no finesse was used. The connecting pieces were ripped off completely, leaving gaping holes to the interior. yikes. 

It sat in the garage all these months until I finally felt up to the challenge. I was working on a large piece for a customer and needed a small item to work on while waiting for paint to dry. So into my workroom it came.

I didn't try to fill the gouges, I just replaced the missing pieces in the back. This little guy was going to show its age.

 I liked the idea of miss-matched pulls but replaced the middle one.

It reminds me of a carnival prop left behind and forgotten, now rough from age and neglect . Now it needs a new home!

Linking to:
mod vintage life
between naps on the porch
the gunny sack
project queen
primitive and proper
funky junk interiors
shabby nest
be different act normal
my 1929 charmer
diy show off
miss mustard seed


  1. When I scrolled down while reading this post, and got a view of the finished chest, I think I gasped. What a totally unbelievable transformation!!! I love it.!

  2. Hi, Daena

    This is a lovely piece. I found your lovely blog from Project Queen link party. Love looking around your lovely blog and I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by Have a great week.


  3. Very nice job. Sometimes the most beat up guys turn out to be the best re-dos.

  4. This is just wonderful. Holy cow what a transformation! I love the mismatched pulls on there! You did a great job, as always!!

  5. This turned out amazing!!!! What a transformation. You did a beautiful job. Love the mismatched handles. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Queen's Link Party this week.

  6. Hi, I just stumbled across your lovely blog, and I'm so glad that I found you. We have a lot in common. I absolutely love to find a yard sale,thrift store, etc. item and turn it around into a can't live without treasure. There is the fun of the hunt, but even better, the process of the transformation. This piece is absolutely gorgeous, you do such beautiful work. I am your newest follower. Please accept my warm invitation to visit and to hopefully follow me too. Connie :)

  7. that looks fabulous! the harlequin pattern is awesome!

  8. Anyone who can turn that mess into a darling cabinet is worth following! I'm your newest follower. ~ Maureen

  9. Wow! I love how it turned out so much that I've featured it today!

  10. Hi Daena, I will be featuring your Ugly Duckling Cabinet tomorrow night at Project Queen's Highlight Party. It's fabulous!

  11. WOW - what a transformation - love it!

  12. I gasped when I saw,love,love it!!!!

  13. So many of your pieces speak to me, I'm loving reading all your back posts. Your strength comes out in your bold designs.
    I was wondering how you make these perfect harlequins? Checkerboard and harlequins absolutely mesmerize me! Always have.
    I'm just becoming brave enough to try to paint some furniture. I've picked up colors I love and have the pieces in mind. I'm frozen with too many possibilities!
    Thanks for the creativity!