12 September 2011

Swoon! It's my new shoe cabinet!

You may remember that, a month or so back, I rescued a free cabinet from outside a junk shop up my road. It was dirty (complete with spider corpses) and rain soaked. But it was FREE and exactly what I had been looking for, for ages for glamorous shoe storage purposes!

That's Mr Scribbler's bulging collection on the right.
No really.

The first thing I did was get a nice bowl of warm soapy water and a sponge and I gave the thing a darn good clean. When it was dry, I hoovered up the spider corpses. Then it was sanding time. I didn't want the dark finish - it's too oppressive. And this was when I discovered that sanding is a bitch. A massive bitch. I sanded free hand, then sanded with an electric sander. I sanded until I could sand no more and got the worst of the varnish off. Then I did what any self respecting, if slightly lazy person, would do and said 'fuck it' and started slapping on the paint! (after re-hoovering, wiping down with a damp cloth and letting it all dry again)...










Scratchy, sandy and partially painted...

Then...

Voila!

The finished piece.


Yes, that is a picture of me on the Log Flume at Alton Towers - awesome!
 I went with a nice pale greeny blue (B&Q eggshell in case you're interested) and the light, brightness of it means it feels less imposing than it might otherwise have.
And now...

More importantly...

Here it is STOCKED WITH SHOES! YAY!

For the beady eyed, yes there are plenty of shoes in there that haven't appeared in the shoe challenge yet. I've, er, invested a bit in my shoe collection lately.


It's like my dream. But in real life in my own bedroom. Gosh I'm shallow!

In less shallow news, I am typing this on Friday but have scheduled it for Sunday and, while you're reading this, I'm probably mid way through a 50ish mile sponsored bike ridge for Maggie's Cancer Centres (www.justgiving.com/LlaraGeddes if you're feeling flush!). If you're reading this later on Sunday, I bloody best be finished and well wired into a bath and bottle of rose! Please all cross your fingers that Sunday's weather forecast is wrong and that it doesn't rain heavily and blow a gale.

12 comments:

CrashTestDummy said...

Is that them shoes that jedward wore?

MillyCupcake said...

oh my god best post ever Llara :) Great shoe storage, I could do with something like that myself! It looks so great full of shoes I bet you were really pleased with it all! Plus I love your Jeremy Scott trainers, jealous me..... of course not ;) x

Brat said...

I've been looking forward to the finished product since you posted about your great find! Uber jealous - Of the great job you've done and your prettyful shoes!

sacramento said...

The things that can be done with other people don´t want.
How wonderful.
I love the end product. Every woman in the world wants one just like yours. I know I do!!!
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Sophie - Country girl said...

you made a cracking job of doing up the cabinet. I am drooling over your fabulous footwear selection!

Helga! said...

I LOVE your cabinet,and I fecking LOVE your shoes!!! SWOOOON!!!
Wanna come play! Fuck it,shallow is where it's at,baby!!XXX

Nelly said...

I am reading this on an Aussie (cold one)Tuesday.And I now want a cupboard for my shoes too.
I am lusting after the floral boots and shoes yum

Please may I? said...

What a great looking cabinet and shoe collection of course!

lusting after a few of those pairs!
X x

Vix said...

Absolutely brilliant transformation, it makes your fabulous shoe collection into a work of art...love it! x

LadyBugSays ... said...

Oh my days that is amazing! I am envious of your shoe collection and their new home!!

3smallapples said...

this is bloody fabulous!!!! I was looking for the exact same thing but folded and went to Ikea...bah... I'm very jealous

xx

lasophia said...

Blah! Sorry it took me so long to respond to you! I saw this this weekend and LOVED IT! I just bought a vanity at a garage sale that I have to paint (luckily the lady had already sanded it). I'm following you too!

Sophia
http://lasophialasophia.blogspot.com