Sunday, April 15, 2012

Recycled Kitchen Cabinet

During my recent kitchen renovation, I removed cabinets over the peninsula and lost a substantial amount of storage space. Part of the cabinets will be relocated to my garage. I was able to upcycle one cabinet and place it in my laundry room.


It is difficult to get a good photo in my small laundry room but it turned out well. The photo below shows what I started with.


This unit was too long to fit in the spot I had chosen. So, I removed the doors and got out my circular saw and proceeded to cut off one section.


Next, I used a scrap of plywood to close off the open end. Then I covered both ends with a scrap of beadboard and added molding to the corner.  I decided to add some crown molding that I had also taken down from the kitchen soffit.


Two coats of primer and three coats of paint later, I had my finished cabinet. The only cost I incurred was for one piece of corner molding. All of the other materials were recycled scraps.


I am pleased with how it turned out.


I’ll be linking to Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality, to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, and to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Disney Garden Inspiration

We recently visited Disney World and were able to be there during the annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. The gardens are always wonderful but they are exceptionally wonderful during the garden festival. One unnamed member of my family finds it hard to believe that it is a coincidence that the garden festival has been going on the last five times we have visited. To quote that person, “Coincidence my eye!” Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the gardens.


A giant topiary garden greets you at the entry.


Mickey’s robe was covered in begonias and the base was covered with allysum.


The stars were covered with dusty miller.


The base was a beautiful mixture of annuals.



This ostrich was so cute!


I love the grass accents!


This peacock was very interesting too.


Let’s get a closer look.


Here’s a great rendition of Goofy.



The prince and princess above were made of succulents.


Notice the use of grasses again on Captain Hook’s hat.


The three tiered fountain above was converted to a planter for succulents. Great use of a fountain when the pump breaks.

Also, on a more practical note for homeowners, there were wonderful containers everywhere.


I hope you’ve been inspired. I have and now I have a lot to do. I have weeds to pull and roses to spray. Have a great week.


I’ll be linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.