Monday, September 19, 2011

The Giant Pickle

I found a pair of old shutter doors in a dumpster.  Someone had written "Furnace" on the backside of one of them, so I guess that was their purpose in life previously.  Of course, I pulled them out and took them home. 

I had no idea what I was going to do with them.  But I knew an idea would find ME.  One always does!

And there are always scraps of wood laying around in my world.

And I had six tempered glass shelves that I found several years ago and saved.  Because I knew a project would find THEM. 

Then I saw this transformation on a blog (VT's Wood and Wire!/pages/VTs-Wood-Wire/143687065645141).

With that inspiration, it took on a life of it's own and I put it all together:

Just framed out.

With shelves.

Testing paint colors

All done.

I was very anxious about the color for fear that it would end up looking like a giant pickle but now I think the color is the best part about the finished product.  I wrestled with the color issue quite a bit but the color finally chose itself because the decision was based on what paint I had on hand.  I could envision it black but the black paint didn't cover and was going to take 3 coats or more.  So green it was!  I am very grateful for the divine kick in the right direction on that one.  It definitely pushed me out of my comfort box!

For the record, this piece cost me not one single cent to make.  Everything was totally FREE: shutters, glass shelves, scrap wood, trim moulding, nails, screws, and paint. 

Yesterday I put it in my flea market booth.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture.  But it looks great, holds a ton of stuff, and received two compliments immediately. 

I'm not all gung-ho to sell it but, if someone wants to buy it, they'll be paying me $140 in very satisfying compensation.

The best part is that there are more shutter doors out there!


  1. That's sooo cool! I want one! In orange or yellow...and smaller and wall mountable :) It'd look great in that useless corner of my kitchen, but since the pups have taken it over for food purposes I need a wall mountable one... one day- unless those spice racks from Ikea ever turn up again...

  2. That is entirely possible!


  3. seriously gorgeous. I loved it when I saw it in the booth and I still love it. Long live Ivy Leaf Green!!!!

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my wine cabinet. I am Vickie from VT's Wood and Wire. I can only imagine how many people you sent to my facebook page and they "liked" my page. Thank you! I love what you did with your shutters. I have two huge ones like this in my garage right now that I was wondering what to do with. Now I know!