Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cabinet Makeover

I'd been wanting to this for a loooooooooooooooong long time!

Paint that ugly cabinet!

Yesterday is the first day of the Raya holiday and obviously it has nothing to do with me since there's nothing at home that had to be stocked and I don't know how to fold a ketupat.

And so I went shopping...... Paint shopping~

(I don't go out shopping without knowing what I want to buy. It's a good practice, keep me focus and spend less. )

There, spent a total amount of B$ 15.80 in getting the below stuffs...

1L of white paint - $10
100ML of black paint -$1.80
That wider paint brush (black bristles)- $1.80
The other smaller brush (white bristles) - $2.20

(I know I should buy sand paper and scrub the surface first but... I thought it's ok to skip that step. Actually... I purposely "ter-lupa" that so I don't need to do the tedious job. And also the thinner.... *Sigh*)

Consider pretty cheap for a makeover right?

Actually what I had in mind is just to paint the ugly neon colour rabbits away and give the cabinet a new look. Nothing fancy.

Ugly right? I thought this ugly print was quite popular 10, 15 years ago. Saw it almost in every shelves and cabinet at any furniture store.....

Come on la... Who likes a NEON colour rabbit?

Hmm.. Maybe the designer's purpose was to scare the kids away so they wouldn't amai-tangan go and open it up.

And when I told Kelly that I'm painting the cabinet, she said.."Buy new one laaaaaaa...".I don't know for you but I'm a typical Chinese who loves to quote, "Can use, don't waste." Sayang also if just throw away. It just need a little modification that's it.

Don't judge a cabinet by its cover mah...

Boys, you don't dump your girlfriend because they get old and ugly right? You bring them to saloon and beauty parlor and give them a make over. Or maybe ask her to get a face lift or botox. Oh, make sure you foot the bills too.

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Of course, the first thing I did was lay some old newspaper on the floor so it wouldn't get stained.

Then tore away any stickers or what so ever because the surface need to be smooth. Its better if I use a sandpaper and scrub it but like I said, I was too lazy...

Shake the tin can before applying.
I don't know, I'm just following the instructions printed at the back.

Took the brush, dipped into the paint bucket and off we go.

Sekali, after my first brush I baru realized there's one more sticker I forgot to tear down... Why am I so careless?

This one

The red little tanglong shape sticker was my mum's work.

She loves putting this kind of sticker with auspicious word on it like 發 "Fa" (which means "Wealth", I think? I'm not good in translating these fengshui stuffs..), and 滿 "Man" (which means "Full") on our rice bucket and lately her favorite is 愛﹐ 感謝 "Ai, Gan-Xie" (meaning "Love, Gratitude").. I see it on the TV, my CPU, the water filter, fridge, basically all the electrical appliances you can find in my house la.

And now it looks like this...


Can't really see from far though... =p

Yes, I'm aware of the fact that I had paint dripped all over and when my mum got home and saw the mess I created, she terus shouted .... "Oh my god" (in Foochow).

She took a closer look and start complaining. Say I wasn't patient enough and slowly paint it, say I wasn't detail and careful enough not to have drips on the board...

Sigh. I'm such a failure.

But it's okay. I'm happy enough for having a mother like her because she let me do what I want to the cabinet. When I told her that I want to paint it, guess what she said...

"Malay Raya, you also raya is it?"

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The white paint took me 5+ hours to get dry and spoiled my plan. I was thinking to surprise my mum with the end result but instead she saw the messiest part.... Darn it.

She just shoo-ed me away from the kitchen because she need to cook and asked me to continue my great work the next morning. And shook her head, took the paint brush and re-paint the part I'd done badly.

Seriously, the paint looked okay from far. But if you take a closer look.... it looks like the coarse and wrinkled face of an old man. My advice, leave the painting job to the professional. Don't try to act smart like me.

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So today once I opened my eyes, brushed my teeth and washed my face, I straight away continue my makeover plan.

This is my sketch of what I wanted to paint on the cabinet..

I hope you're not thinking that I'll just leave it all white and do nothing about it after painting.
Of course I'll draw something on it.

Since it's going to be a kitchen cabinet putting my mum's wok, pots and container in.. so I wrote "What's cooking?" and draw a picture of a stick girl with a stove.

I only got a Pass for my PMB art... You can't possibly ask more than a stickman okay. That's my max already. Don't complain.

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But somehow... it didn't quite turn out what I imagined....
Here goes,

*Da Da*

The end result

Erm... hope its not too bad. Wonder what will be my mum's reaction after seeing this cute artwork of mine. Hehehehe.

If you think it's still hideous..... rub your eyes and open them big.
See again.

Not bad right?


Kelly said...

First advice - Never to read Nonnie King blog during office hours! WHY? = because i suddenly laugh out and will be caught surfing!!!!! @^$#^%#$^$%&$

ok..back to your post, i really thought after the painting, your done with the cabinet. Mana tahu got *plugins* somemore...and then ah...i wana go over your house & see for myself, later your *after* pic has been edited by PS liao...hahahhaha

Iwan Sanchez said...


the cupboard looks old.. but i know that it is still useable..

just need touch up here and touch up there.. hahaha!

That neon rabbit stickers..

how long was that liao?? i remb seeing such stickers when i was in pri school! hahahahaa!

nonnie, the graphic looks simple lah.. but still ok lah.. hehehehe!

I'm Choonie. said...

Nonnie!!! It is a great work you have there but that graphic is hillarious!!!

Nonnie King said...

Kelly : Heh! I go print screen and send email to your boss, or you pay me "cover mouth fee", cheap cheap.. $5 a month. Hahahaha. Friend friend price liao.

And I didn't ps the picture lah....

Iwan : It is THAT long! It was a second hand cabinet given by some aunty when I was young I think.

Choonie : Hilarious? I was actually expecting the word "nice" or "cute".


affy said...

I told you ages ago that you should open a secondary blog: DIY blog.

Love the what's cooking cartoon, by the way.

I've always wanted a HUGEE Spiderman on my wall, can you do something about that?

Kenny Ng said...

You should sand paper it before repaint it, so the surface will be more smooth, the frame should cover with paper and masking tape, so the paint will not spill on the frame.

Overall I can say you are a good painter, congratulations to join me in construction field,... wakakaka!!!

jessie said...


Hmmm..the baker reminds me of u though... =)

Nonnie King said...

Affy: Strictly Stick figures only! Other than that, no can do.

And.. the label is enough already lah. Malas to manage a secondary blog. =p

Kenny : Yes sifu! How much is my pay?

Jessie : Sama sama kiut?

De Pianist said...

ooolala...cute wor your work..and simple what did your mum say when she saw that?hehehe..

LuUeE said...

hahaa.. Nonnie.. wah seh.. so creative.. man.. Tat is a good idea to sell.. who wanna buy from Nonnie, buy now.. or else i buy it later.. don't come blame.. me.. hehe..

HAHA.. Wat Bobby said? Nonnie.. wahahaha..

SabrinaW said...

The picture on ur cabinet looks really good.. and CUTE! Love it soooo much...haha

Sha said...

The hair of your cute little cook looks like how I'd draw the hair on my doodles lol. Cute eh! said...

Wah, u r foochow ah? Me oso leh hehe!

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