Wednesday, August 18, 2010

From Ikea Reject to Faux Wood Kitchen Towel Holder

I have to apologize in advance because I didn't take many pictures of the process I went through. Ok, I didn't take any pictures. I know, I suck.

Anywho, I started out with this cabinet door in the, clearance section at Ikea.

And at $3 bucks, how could I resist?

I truly had no stinkin' clue what on earth I was gonna do with it, so I painted it Rustoleum's Heirloom White. I think we could all agree that's a safe bet. But it looked totally boring after I painted it and inspiration still wasn't striking, so I got out my Minwax Dark Walnut stain to give it some age, but my silly self didn't wait for the Heirloom White to fully dry before doing so.

There are no mistakes

But to my surprise, I actually like the way it looked! Ok, this is where I'm supposed to have a picture of what it looked like, but I'm kinda lame and didn't take a picture =) But I sure will try my best to describe what it looked like. Ok, close your eyes and imagine completely weathered barn wood with a grey tinge to it. Yeah, it looked pretty cool. Only prob was that I didn't get the stain in the cracks, so I had to go back later (let it dry at least 24 hours) and get the stain in all the nooks and crannies with a Qtip. I accidentally got stain all over the place ('cause sometimes I'm just messy like that) and I kinda sorta ended up doing another coat of stain on the whole door.
Again, a happy accident. The second coat was much richer and less weathered-looking, but I do have to note that it took about 2 days to fully dry, which is like, forever for impatient DIYer's like myself.

Once it was dry, I added 3 knobs (that match my tv stand). Super easy!

I'm thinkin' since there is so much empty space above the knobs, I will decorate it with seasonal decor.

What would you do with the empty space? I'm not really inspired by anything right now so I would love to hear what you would do and possibly get some ideas.

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Lisa said...

This is really cute! I always see so much stuff in the reject section at Ikea, but I never know what to do with it, so I don't buy anything. You could put some kind of wood shape like a fleur de lis or something to match the style of your house in that empty space. Or even a small vase to fill with artificial flowers. Or maybe your last name? Endless possibilies!

Elisabeth said...

You could hang a wreath in the middle of it.

Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House said...

This is fantastic! I'm wowed at your creativity.

Eileen said...

It looks great just the way it is. But if you wanted more, what about another knob more to the top in the center and then you could put anything up there and switch it out for the seasons. Leaves in the fall, Christmas potholder in the winter. Or you could write something on a slant from left to right, like a cute kitchen saying, such as "Home is where the heart is" or "I do light-house work only".

La Maison Reid said...

Really turned out cute...and I love how your mistake and impatience paid off! So many things you could put above the knobs depending on how high on the wall it hangs. You could put a small frame with chalkboard, a wreath, a framed sign saying "eat" or whatever. Or...a tray? I always shop around my house to see what fits with the new project and go from there. Let us know if you put something else up!



Candace said...

I love it! What a great project! I just found your blog over at Tatertots & Jello... it's great girl... keep up the good work!

Amy said...

Very, very cute!!! You should do the fan blade rolling pin holder above! (I saw it recently but I don't remember where - hopefully you've seen it too! lol)

Amy Kinser said...

Once again, you did great. I think a neat natural sort of wreath would look great on it. One of the paper wreaths made from book pages would also look great.

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Wow, that turned out great! I love the way you describe your process :) I'm not sure what I would put in the middle...maybe a wreath.

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

I actually like the empty space! It looks beautiful.

Scrap for Joy said...

I came over here because of a link I saw on someone else's blog...isn't that how we all travel around? Your ideas are so clever that I have to follow you around now so I don't miss anything. Loved the Pottery Barn knock-off cubbies...I'm bookmarking that one. You did an amazing job!

kpaints said...

I just found your blog and so enjoyed reading through it! Wonderful projects, great ideas, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Love the door hook rack... beautiful! You did a great job!!
You could add something more to it... but sometimes simple is better. I think it looks great the way it is. :)
Have a great weekend!
~ Jo :)

kelly said...

love the holiday idea, a wreath you could change out or something but i just saw something similar to this, (sorry don't know where) with a big vinly letter of the last name on it, very cute!!!

Shanarun said...

I really like this! And, it sounds like you had so much fun too. :)

Rhiannon said...

it turned out great! i agree with everyone elses comments also. vinyl, a wreath, a shelf, holiday decor, possabilites are endless!
BTW stop by my blog for a CSN giveaway!

this blessed nest said...

of course we can be BFF's!!! FALL is too good not to craft & soak it all up.

looking forward to having you at the FALL FESTIVAL!

your towel board is gorgeous. love the darker stain you used!

have a great week.

Deb said...

Looks great Ali and I love the wreath idea!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Great idea! I love the finish. It really does look naturally weathered! I like the idea of seasonal decor to decorate the top.

Cornflake said...

Loving all these bargains and beautiful transformations, very smart and very inspiring!! :-)

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Yes! Love that I just saw my button on your blog! I am your newest follower, love your art work!

Amanda said...

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