Monday, March 12, 2012

Magazine Copycat Challenge Cabinet

**I gotta say thanks and give a shout out to some gals showing
Bliss Ranch some blogging love....
ThreeMangoSeeds featured my Prince & Princess chairs
Lori over at MamaWithADashofDIYDrama digs me!  Me!
 I was a giveaway winner over at Shannon's @RustyandRedone 
Joy @ Joy2Journey featured the Route 66 cabinet at her Sunday Stop
Stylish Once Again loved up the Route 66 cabinet& so did Tisha @ DelectableHome
Courtney @ FrenchCountryCottage and Christina @IGottaCreate
And last... I was a featured star student over at AdventuresofourFami-ly
This was all just in the last day.  I can't believe it!  Thank you guys.

Now on to the magazine challenge.......

I'm a visual type gal.  I need directions to follow but I need to see the finished product so I know where my project is heading.  That is why I LOVE the magazine copycat challenge at DebbieDoos.  Copy something?... oh yeah, I can do that.

This month there are four parties going on.
Funky Junk Interiors in FOLK magazine

 In February I won a giveaway over at MissFlibbertigibbet the prize; FOLK Magazine.
As soon as I laid eyes on the cabinet within it's pages I wanted one for myself, it's made by bloglands very own Donna@FunkyJunk Interiors.  I tend to like a lot of her projects, but even more I like her story.  

 Next the lightbulb came on.... 
I could COPY it for the MAGAZINE challenge because it IS in a magazine. 

 Before & During
The cabinet holds swim towels in our cedar porch.  First up - new door & new paint

Brawn made it as an open shelf about 18 years ago to hold a Santa collection. A couple years later I added a door with some ticking fabric, hooks on the side, and stuck it in the porch to hold towels for swimming.  The tiny galvanized watering can handle was broke, the ticking long faded, and it became a spot to put items on that had no home - like the old cash register from our vintage barber shop.

The big question was make one just like Funky Junk's out of old barn wood we have, or repurpose something that is already built.  I started to look around... there it was.... in my cedar porch.... a
cabinet screaming for a makeover.  

Ms. Funky Junk has a sign business, and equipment to make a stick on stencil for her cabinet that made it easy to paint.  I don't have that, or anything like it.  But I do have a printer, scissors and tape.  So I made a giant mock up and taped it all together, then used graphite paper to trace it on the cabinet.

The graphic taped on

Recycled hardware

The After
Soon Summer will render all of these useful

The steps involved
1.  Make a new door out of some old wood that Brawn got tearing out someone's 100 year old cabinets.  Already has chippy paint, excellent!
2.  Paint the rest of the cabinet.  I used ASCP old white and linen grey, and painted the top black.  Sand, lightly distress sides, front is already perfectly aged.
3.  Take hardware off those same old cabinets and use it on mine.
4.  Learn to print multiply pages to make one big photo.  This sucked.
5.  Swear at this whole stupid idea because there is math involved.
6.  Tape giant stencil on, use graphite paper to trace design on cabinet.
7.  Paint.  I hated this part too. Freehand stuff is really not my strong point,
and I don't enjoy it.
8.  Sand a bit and wax.
9.  Fill with towels and pretend it's summer

A BIG FAT DONE, and I love how it turned out.  
And I made it.  And I'm proud of myself.
I can copy with the best of 'em.

 Linking this baby up to:
Magazine Copycat Challenge @ DebbieDoos
The Talent Scout Party @ Whisperwood Cottage 
A Little Knick Knack
Do it Ya self @ThreeMangoSeeds
What's in the Gunny Sack
Make the Scene Monday @ AlderberryHill 
Restyled Sundays @StylishOnceAgain 
Show and Tell @ TheDelectableHome
Metamorphosis Monday @ BetweenNapsonthePorch
Terrific Under Ten @ At Home With K 
Knick of Time Tuesday with Angie 
Sunday Stop @ Joy2Journey 
White Wednesday @FadedCharm 
The Style Sisters 
Spring Fling @ I Gotta Create 
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Also going over to Wow us Wednesdays with Kim @SavvySouthernStyle 
And the fine ladies at Ivy and Elephants 
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating 
Furniture Friday @ Decorating Insanity 
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed 
RRR @ The Rooster & the Hen

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  1. this looks amazing. I know just the cabinet you copied. It is a great copy!

  2. WOW ... Bliss, that is just fantastic. I want to do that with a little cabinet that I have. Hope I can get the design made up like you did. You have a real winner.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. Yes Maam! You did a great job on your copy. I love this cool and useful too. You may want to check your link and relink. I do not think it took me to the direct page on your blog. I came by though via the linky site. Check it out and relink if you have to. Thanks for joining me.

  4. OMG, this is the cutest thing evah! You did such a great job on that. Love it.

  5. That is stinking cute as heck! Love the graphic placement. It'll be the star of the porch this Summer!

  6. This is wonderful! You did a fantastic job. You have to ask Donna to come buy for a peek at it!!


  7. I like it a million times! And it turned out to be very handy too!

  8. You did a great job! I love how it turned out! Nicely done! You should b very proud of yourself!


  9. That turned out great. I love that you are hiding some {ok, a lot of} towels inside. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

    amy @

  10. I'm proud of you too! Your funny and clever!!! Did I mention I love your cabinet.


  11. Wow!!! I bet you can't stop looking at it! That is one great magazine copy cat idea! My favorite kind of project.

  12. It's fantastic! You are a DIY rockstar!! I'm getting my kicks on your Route 66!

  13. Route 66! Love love love it :) Hey ... your link that you put on the party did not connect to this page. Just thought you might want to know ...

  14. Wow! I love the super-graphic. Oh, and the towels make me feel like it's almost swim season, yay!

  15. This is of MEGA Historic proportions!
    You rock!
    This cabinet is awesome!
    B-E-Y-O-N-D amazing.... GREAT job, Bliss!

    Thanks for the details too....

  16. YAY! I LOVE it! Great job...and little ole me had a VERY TINY part...just giving you the magazine.....always trying to horn in on glory...that's me! LOL Wonderful job....looks JUST LIKE Donna's!

  17. Great job as usual! You are so talented, I love all of your re-dos! Your blog is top-notch! : )..

  18. Woman!!! Its amazing! That was genius to tape the sign together to get the right size. Hmmmm... can Brawn come to Cali and build a cabinet for me too? And can you accompany him so that you can paint a sign on it for me? Please!

  19. ought to be proud! This piece is WONDERFUL!! You did a really GREAT job on this...and I am duly impressed!

  20. OMGoodness Bliss! That looks AWESOME!!! You both did an amazing job....I LOVE it!!! Enjoy your day, you desire it.

  21. You deleted the updated post where I left a well constructed and carefully thought out comment, so I'll start again.
    It's fab !!!

  22. This is adorable! You did a really nice job. I'm pinning this as a reminder to give it a try if I ever come across a suitable piece of furniture to upcycle.

  23. Hahaha, bleeping math! I love this! Can you just send me those printed pages so that I don't have to cuss loudly about math, too, when I make my own? Not kidding, I have to duplicate this! It looks amazing! ~Lori

  24. Wow! So impressed!! And what a funny, inspiring post. I'm a lot like you in that I love to see pictures. I can replicate things much better just via a photo rather than written directions. Thanks for the inspiration today. You nailed it!
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  25. Love how it turned out and the idea of storing beach towels in it! You go girl!!

  26. Wonderful job..and I love your sense of humor on the instructions! You did a great job and I have to say it is the spitin' image of the original! Take a rest you have done enough math for this month....

    Thanks for sharing...loved it!

  27. Love that cabinet. I live right off Old Route 66 in Central Missouri. This would look sooooo good in my house. You did a great job!!!

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  29. I LOVE this!! Great job! I'm like you. I need to see something in order to replicate or find inspiration, simple written directions just don't cut it for me.

  30. It worked! Yay :) Have a great day!

  31. This is absolutely amazing. I want one now!

  32. Great project, nice work...what a nice addition to your home~

  33. You may be able to copy with the best of them ... but you, my dear Bliss, are a true original!

    Looks great!



  34. I want to come over to swim! Looks like you have plenty of room for my SpongeBob swim towel too!!!

    This cabinet turned out awesome! I have been wanting to paint a sigh and wasn't sure how to handle the graphic portion. Seeing this gives me the inspiration to tackle it!

  35. LOVE it girl!! Do those towels stay like that?

  36. It's a slam dunk girlfriend! Over the top fabulous. Next a magazine will be wanting you to show your stuff off. Thats how good you're gettin! Oh my stars I'll actually know a real celeb!


  37. Oh I've seen this cabinet and LOVE how yours turned out! Great work :)Congrats on a job well done!
    Lina @ Fancy Frugal Life

  38. Ok you big copy cat! I love it! I loved the cabinet when Donna made it and I love yours too! Great job! I love the graphics of that sign... Great copy job Bliss!

  39. Oh my gosh... are you kidding me?!? This is fabulous! I'm so honoured you'd choose something from my own stock! Wow!!

    Seriously... blown away here. Even the cab is so similar! LOVE the towel idea. You are amazing!


  40. That looks AWESOME! You did a great job, I love the distressing!!!

  41. Great Job my dear...wonderful...yes I see Donna approves...She would for sure!
    You did an awesoe job I love that you used a piece you already had and I love that you made those awesome door!
    Pretty sweet spot for pool towels...I t looks FABULOUS!
    p.s. Donna lives a few miles from me the crow flies..sweet kind smart & funny...just like it reads!!

  42. FABULOUS Girl!!! Between your barber shop and are killing me!

    Thanks so much for sharing it at Knick of Time Tuesday! I hope to see you again this Friday for That's the Ticket Blog Hop! We've got some terrific giveaways lined up too!


  43. LOL- you are so funny and fabulously talented! The pain was worth it! You did a great copycat!

  44. Looks wonderful, I could about 10 of those cabinets!

  45. Bliss! This is absolutely wonderful! I am so impressed. If you ever decide to sell it, you call your ol pal Amy first, ya hear?

  46. Bliss your cabinet turned out so cool! Great job!

  47. Hey Bliss...I fixed your link and I just have to say I LOVE this cabinet! I will be featuring it on Saturday and I have already Pinned it! :)

  48. Wow this is fabulous! What a fantastic job you did! come link up to my centerpiece Wednesday and show off your idea!


  49. What a great idea! Just beautiful!!!! Megan

  50. This turned out great! What a cute idea. I am new to your blog and am so glad that I found it!

  51. Such a fantastic take on the signage trend! Love that it's all hanging off the edges - very creative. I need directions like this, so this is a wonderful post, thanks!

  52. Truly fantastic! It's soooooo awesome!!!

  53. I know you've had 13 billion comments on this already, but I had to throw in my two cents...this is AMAZING!! I want to steal it! :)

  54. Shut the Door!!! That is FABULOUS. Wanna make one for me now? ;) Thanks for the inspiration, my friend. and...Thanks so much for linking up to the "Spring Fling" party over at I Gotta Create! <3

  55. You are a genius Bliss! Hope you don't mind if I pin this for future reference! If you get a second, this has got to be part of the RRR party starting up Friday morning at 7:00 am MST!

  56. Amazing - I love it - what an inspiration! CJ

  57. Dear Miss rocked it! Love it.

  58. Oh, I love this! Perfect for towels and so cute with the Route 66 sign.
    Thanks for linking.

  59. Very cool. You did Donna proud! I'm visiting from The Rooster and the Hen. Now I'm off to take a peek around your blog. Deborah

  60. I heart this project (great post too)! I'll be featuring this at Monday's Show & Tell party. Thanks for linking up!

  61. That's a great idea, and so cute! I'm a new follower and would love for you to stop by my brand new blog and follow, too :)

  62. So,'re famous now? I guess I am not worthy.

  63. Wow, super job! I loved how you showed us what you did. I am hopping at the blog hop with The Letter 4 girls. Nice to meet you, I'll be following.

  64. I love this cabinet. Sorry I didn't get your post deleted so that you could readd it, but I fixed it by featuring you at Restyled Sundays.

  65. wow, this is totally cool. love how the sign graphic is wonky, makes it so interesting!! thanks for linking to VIF, sorry to be so late here! xo

  66. Hi, I'm so happy to have found your lovely blog. What an amazing job you did! I found you threw the Cowgirl Up party. I'm following your great blog and I hope you have the time to come follow me too @
    Also I host a shared party on Sundays we have a great turn out if you would like to come link up anything you have.
    Thank you so much

  67. You are a STAR tonight! I'm featuring you over at I Gotta Create! It's exciting to see all the fantastic feedback you're getting on this rockin' little cabinet.
    Spring Fling linky party

  68. I love it- sharing at tonights party~ Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  69. Bliss....I absolutely love this cabinet and it has been featured here:

  70. I am so late finding this one, Bliss but I love it! So cool.


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