Moving can be tricky and sometimes fatal for furniture. We've moved twice this summer... once long distance and the second time just to the next town over. Most of my furniture fared very well and was intact. Unfortunately on both moves, the cabinet I use for my china and a few lovelies was severely damaged and really seemed to be beyond repair. As you can see from the first before picture it was originally a lovely yellow and had glass. Before the move, I painted it a more neutral white color and distressed it.

They say necessity is the mother of invention.This has not been more true than in the last few months. With Seth out of work, and having to shave our budget to meet the slimmer pocket book, household items are not at the top of the list, and large furniture most certainly is not a necessity.

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I love having a beautiful home, and I used to spend hours combing over beautiful pictures, waiting for the day I could "decorate like that." In this financial climate I think there are many of us in this boat and I think that is also why junking has been becoming more popular.
So, you can't afford something new? Paint is cheap... particularly if you get it in the cast off section! Look around your home... where can you use what you have to make something beautiful?
The cowboy and I took a trip to the hardware store and looked at different materials. To replace the glass shelf that broke was $20 because we had to buy a whole sheet of glass but we now have glass for other projects. The most economical materials I could find and fit what I had in mind was chicken wire. It was 12.95 for the roll and we only used about a 1/3 of it... again more for other projects. I purchased a quart of flat grey paint and made it into chalk paint, and already had Annie Sloan wax on hand. I was lucky as I had 2 $5 dollar off coupons for our local hardware store, so in the end very little cash passed hands.
If you can picture us in your mind, the cowboy with two bum hands and me with only one hand which is functional due to an injury six years ago trying to roll out chicken wire and cut it to the proper length. We didn't know if we should laugh or cry... so we laughed! Once the correct size was measured out, we cut it and fit it into place with very small fencing nails. I had no idea chicken wire was so tricky and if not cut correctly will unravel on the edge. Luckily that handsome man of mine new just how to cut it. Took us twice as long as two people with functioning arms, but we got it done!
It was time for a coat of beautiful paint. As the paint went on, the piece began to transform, and I was super thankful I didn't throw it out.
One the second move, the doors were strained and they no longer closed. I am not sure I will leave the drawer, but it is fine for now.
Eventually I plan to place crown molding and trim to finish it out, but that will be in the future. I love that all my china made it in one piece! Not a single item broken!
I only had a few moments to throw some items onto it so I could take pictures to share with you, as I had to leave suddenly on an unexpected trip.  I am sure I will change it around at least ten more times before I am happy with it! :) My real hope is this inspires you to make do with what you have.. if making a purchase isn't in the cards... or even if it is!


Raquel Ita
09/09/2012 17:58

Fantastic job , you are truly an inspiration.

09/09/2012 22:21

Thank you :)

susan bear
09/09/2012 18:19

Love it! Especially the gray paint

09/09/2012 22:22

The gray is the best part.

Judy Acton
09/09/2012 18:50

Above the other blogs/facebook pages, you inspire me to believe I can do things like this! (Funny that we're almost on opposite sides of this big old country.) I have inherited a drop-leaf table that I hope to begin work on - probably going white or light but thanks for the inspiration!

09/09/2012 22:23

I hope you will share what you end up doing! Thank you for your kind words.

Kimberly Marshall
09/09/2012 23:17

Love the color! How do you make chalk paint? I think you are right about the drawer, it needs to come out, it breaks up the flow of all the open shelves.

09/12/2012 20:50

Hi Kimberly
Here is how I make mine:


10/12/2012 10:01

I just love the chicken wire touch! I'd love to have you link this post up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/upcycled-chicken-coop-clever-chicks.html

I hope to see you there!
The Chicken Chick


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