Monday, August 22, 2011

The story of the Ugly Duckling.

Do you see this Ugly Little Duckling? 

Actually in the picture above, she doesn't look too bad!
Now we are starting to see her true colors.

Well, my lovely Aunt Nancy gave her to me.  It once resided in my Grandmother's house.  My aunt no longer had a need for it so she passed it along to me.  My grandmother LOVER her some contact paper.  She used that stuff on everything.  My Dad joked that if you stood still long enough that you were in jeopardy of being covered yourself.

This Ugly Little Ducking was covered in contact paper...multiple layers of different colored contact paper.  Now, had this contact paper been evenly and smoothly applied I would have just used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint right over the top of it.  Unfortunately it was not.  There were big air bubbles, tears and gaps.  So I peeled, peeled and peeled some more.  Check out some of retro prints I found in this cabinet.

After hours of peeling and sweat dripping in my eyes I was able to start painting...the fun and easy part.  I painted the recessed areas with ASCP in Louis Blue as well as the inside of the cabinet.  The rest of the cabinet I covered in ASCP Old White.

I waxed the entire thing in Annie Sloan soft clear wax.  Then I used just a touch of Briwax Mahogany wax on the recessed blue panel on the side and front of the cabinet and immediately wiped off most of it.

please excuse the big garage mess in the picture!

One of the glass door panels broke when loading it into my truck.  So I went ahead and popped the other one out.  I think I want to put chicken wire in place of the glass but I've never done that before.  Any suggestions on working with chicken wire?

It's been a rough couple of weeks over here with lots of Dr. appointments and a surgery so that's why I've been MIA.  I hope to be back soon with my completely finished cabinet and some fun Fall projects.

Have a great week!

~Aaron {the girl with the boy's name}
MudPies and Marigolds


  1. This is awesome Aaron!!! I've only made one of those chicken wire/frame jewelry holder thingys. My only tip, wear protective gloves. That stuff is sharp!

  2. What a cute treasure she's become! Glad to see you back in the blogosphere. :)
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

  3. It looks great, I hope things are much better now.

  4. Very sweet. All of your hard work is going to be so worth it. I like the idea of chicken wire...I hope someone can give you some tips. And I hope all is well with you.


  5. Aaron,

    I cannot wait to see the finished cabinet and Grandma would be thrilled! On the back of the cabinet she had written on it and I believe it was one of their first pieces of furniture! Hope you are feeling better really soon!

    Love you, Nancy

  6. It is looking good, well done! Thanks for adding your link to BC Good Life Wednesdays

  7. What a darling cabinet. The possibilities with this one are endless. Can't wait to see her when she's all finished with the chicken wire. Found you via A Beach Cottage. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles,