Wednesday, July 13, 2016

{ DIY Cottage Cabinet Makeover for Under $10!!! }

Hey guys!! Today's post has been one I've been working on for a awhile & I'm finally ready to share this new piece in our living room! So, I've mentioned these past few weeks that right before our little northern getaway for the 4th I decided our upper living room needed a total revamp/ makeover! This included moving the couch, all new wall decor, new mixed in pieces etc.. Well, unexpectedly the day we came back from vacation my husband had to jump right back into work.. { He owns his own business ;) } we were all lagging from just enjoying 4 days of fun..Then he came home with this cabinet & a bunch of other free junkin finds & that threw me right back into " Operation: Get the living room done" hahaah! I spent the next two days painting this orangey oak 3 door cabinet that I literally fell in love with! Here's another little fact about me..I'm obsessed with anything that has french style doors, probably because it's cottagey/farmhousey!  Keep reading below for more details on this huge statement piece in our living room!

You can see from this picture before I started painting that it was an awful early 90's oak.. It need some paint & honestly I was too lazy to go to the store for moreeee paint, so I used what I had on hand. I ended up using a semi gloss Glidden pure white...Yeah, I'll be sticking to chalk paint for pieces like this if we're being honest! I love that chalk paint adheres & dries sooo much quicker etc..just a little tip!

The cabinet itself need some TLC, not only paint wise, but it had no knobs to open the doors properly, one of the shelves was broke a bit, but that was nothing to me because I'm obsessed with it!!

 I picked up 3 new vintage / cottage style knobs from +Hobby Lobby  for under $7!

Most all of the decor minus the farmhouse picture from +HomeGoods  for $25 & some greenery everything else are thrifts or free finds! These old wood glass windows Mark came home with the day of me photographing this piece & they MADE it perfect!!! They add so much rustic charm & height!


As I mentioned above the piece needed a few little repairs..The knobs were simple & the second shelf to the far left door I just ended up setting at the bottom of the double doors for some contrast! I loved how we had this wall styled before, but with the sofa & furniture changes the space needed a more statement piece since the living room felt a bit bare.. It just so happened he found this piece waiting for me to make her beautiful hehe! 

Side Note: It does have working lights inside as well. I'll be posting pictures when I get a chance of it at night! Follow along via my social media for new pictures soon! Links listed at the bottom of this post!

You can see what this space in our living room looked like before here on my Instagram account -->The Quaint Sanctuary INSTAGRAM

Yes, I left the chippy smudged paint all around the windows & glass for that farmhouse appeal. I also distressed some spots for that "aged or effortless" look I crave in our home.

See what you can do with trashed pieces?? I mean for under $10 this piece looks custom & vintage! I hope you guys love it as much as we do! 

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{ Adding Farmhouse Charm to ANY Fireplace! }

Hey guys!!!! Whoa today was a back snapping on my feet until 10pm type of day & you know what I LOVE it!! I love days where I'm non-stop in our little suburban cottage getting stuff done! I was all over the spectrum today from blogging to washing rugs outside..Yup, I'm that neighbor with my country blasting washing my rug on the fence line hahaha...eeek! Anyways since this little summer living room decor & furniture makeover we've been doing { Blog post COMING SOON } I decided to switch up our little electric fireplace mantel & it hit me I never blogged about what I add to make it that cozy farmhouse style! Truth be told I have a little obsession with fireplaces, but I'm not into modern rock ones or huge elaborate kinds for some reason..Maybe that's why I love our quaint & cozy little one, because it looks so cottagey?! Today I'm sharing the items I mostly add to achieve that charming comfy look! 
C H I P P Y  P I E C E S

The first thing I go looking for to add to the sides of the fireplace are cute little chippy accent pieces! Any type of old chippy stool, ladders, corbels etc.. serve as great fillers & add that cottage/ farmhouse look! I also like layering the top of our little fireplace so I added this chippy "fireplace box " on top of the mantel!

Both the chippy green stool & fireplace box were free junkin finds!

Side Note: Using vintage chippy pieces can be lead based. Test pieces before using.


Baskets are that staple item in the farmhouse/ cottage decor department! They add cozy inviting storage with lots of texture & bonus they're easy to find & even thrifty! I love setting them on the chippy stools to offset one side of the fireplace! 


I love using pillows to add that laid back comfy feel. They help add that intimate feel & balance out  all the wood, and solid pieces! They're thrifty & can be switched out effortlessly with the seasons! I particularity like to use neutral style pillows with wording & fabrics with more textures { grain sacks, burlap etc..}! The pillows pictured below are from +IKEA USA  & +Pottery Barn

M E T A L & W O O D

Using old metal & wood pieces are great because they add that neutral look, but also that classic vintage style that farmhouses offer! I used some old table legs from one of our many kitchen tables. I loved the wood work & they're great statement/ filler pieces! I also pop in little galvanized decor here & there to offset the dark wood. You can get many of these faux farmhouse & cottage goods here:Ikea Farmhouse & Cottage Decor .

G R E E N E R Y & T E R R A C O T T A

Obviously by now you guys know I love using greenery of any sorts to just about ever inch our our little suburban cottage..With that being said, I also love using terracotta to add that garden farmhouse mix! Again, they're neutral, cheap & versatile! You can see below I just added some greenery & flowers to a $1 flower pot from Dollar Tree. The wood slices & table legs were all free finds!


Wire baskets & storage are used in just about any farmhouse. They add texture & personally I just like the look of an old vintage wire basket! As for glass I mean can you go wrong with mason jars, glass pitchers etc? I use masons in just about everywhere in our house & the fireplace is no exception. You can grab a pack of 10 for around $8 +Target ! Super cheap & they can be used for anything including decor!!! I used an old chippy wood wire basket & flipped it upside down & filled it with some mason jars..easy peasy!


Ahh crocks that item that is the most sought after in this farmhouse style decor! I love using them for greenery potting, storage & well everything because they're sturdy & durable. I will say they're pretty easy to find at antique/ vintage shops, but you will pay for them...We have been fortunate to find over 10 free ones people pitched! The ones with the stamped "crowns" are indication of them being older & usually authentic! You can buy faux vintage crocks online at various stores with a quick google search!

V I N T A G E  B O O K S

Here is another obsession of mine..vintage books!!! Now I'll be the first to say, but I'm not an avid reader per say, but I sure to love opening a vintage book & reading the old material, illustrations & I'm obsessed with the old covers. You can use books for fillers, color & so much more. 

I hope this simple farmhouse guide helped you in some way to create a cozier fireplace & mantel. These basic items can add so much warmth in many different ways! What do you guys like decorating  your fireplaces with? I'm always looking for new ideas, leave them below in the comments :)! 

Wishing you all a happy & healthy Wednesday!! 

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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