Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Have I mentioned how absolutely fantastic my hubby is??
If you haven't grasped the enormity of his fantastic-ness yet, let me show you what he made for me..........

Now can you see how great he is????
I am in looooooove with my new cabinet.
 He is seriously the best!

A few years ago, (about 8 or so) my sister found a lady selling old windows on the side of the road for $10 a piece.
My sister bought her out, and then let me have 2 of them.

 I have been dragging them around since then with the vision of using the windows for the doors of a cabinet,
that of course, Craig would so begrudgingly willingly and lovingly build for me.

  He patiently looked at my sketches and listens to me prattle on with my measurements....
which sound a lot like,
"Oh....about this big", while holding outstretched arms.

During his Christmas break he began building my vision for me.
He got it just about finished when his job took him away for most of the next 6 months.
He worked on it when he could, with only minimal nagging encouragement from me.
And now it's done!

The windows did take a lot of work to prepare. They were covered with many layers of paint.
I stripped and sanded and  stripped and sanded.
There was pink, yellow, green and white paint on them.
At each new layer, I couldn't help thinking of all the years this paint had been on these windows.

I kept the original hardware on to use as the cupboard handles.
I really liked how the paint on them was all chipped.

Remember the star that Tisha included in her swap with me? I knew this would be a good spot for it!

It turned out to be just what I wanted.
It's perfect.
And it's mine.....all.mine.

Just like my Craig. :):):)


Loafer Mountain Primitives said...

Hey Girl!
I Love It!!!!!!
Love the mustard color too! How unique and what a wonderful idea using the windows!
I know how you feel about your Hubby! Mine's a Rare Jewel too!
Happy as can be for you!
Have you decided what were doing yet?
Happy Craftin,

Felicia said...

I love it! I called Todd right over to take a look and give him a guilt trip :o)

I hope Mark is doing alright.

.M@k3nZ!e. said...

This looks really good mommy! Can't wait to see it in person :)

familywithfivekids said...

That cabinet is absolutely amazing! It is my dream cabinet - I would like 5 of them please, ha! Your husband truly is amazing!!! (p.s. - love what you chose to display inside)

Gettysburg Homestead said...

LOVE IT!!!!! The mustard is great!!! I have had Steve do a cabinet for me with an old glass door too. Now I have shutters to work with. teehee. You've done a great job decorating to my dear.


Julie said...

AWE.SOME> I LOVE it, and what a talented team you two are. I think my hubby would probably rather poke himself in the eye with scissors than do a project like that for me. YOU GO GIRL!!!!! Have a super day. Julie

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

You are the luckiest gal I know. A lot of women consider themselves lucky ( myself included ), but you hit the jackpot. Mike will do nearly anything I ask but he is the first to admit, he's no handyman. He helped me build that rustic cabinet in the garage. Today we went to Menards and bought a few pieces of their 'value' lumber. We spent $10.22 total and I have plans for a crock shelf cabinet and a bench. Wish me luck!
★ Linda ★

Kat Clark said...

Jo-Anne you are seriously so rad. I just read post after post from your blog and then I read a bunch from Mckenzie's blog too. I just think you have the sweetest family. Mark's letter was so righteous! Both missionary righteous and surfer dude righteous! I loved being able to read it and I'm glad that you guys don't have private blogs so I can get all snoopy. :)

Kudos to your husband for building such an awesome cabinet! That is a one of a kind piece and it looks so great! I noticed the handles right away and they are the perfect touch. You're so crafty, it's awesome!

Kim Walus said...

What a beautiful, special, and cherished gift from your husband. It looks like it holds a lot of your things too which makes it very useful. I bet you love looking at it everyday.

TrishAnderson said...

It turned out beautifully! Craig is a keeper!!!! Love it.

Lillie Mae Acres said...

I love it. Your hubby did a wonderful job. I too feel so blessed to have a talented wonderful hubby that loves building. I have sketched out many things for him to follow.

I like the idea that old windows became doors and I the mustard paint job really adds to the beauty.

Gayle said...

Wow Jo-Anne! That finished item was definitely worth the wait you had - he's done a beautiful job on it! I can tell that a lot of love went in to making it, and you've got it filled up with lovely treasures - yay for you!

Andrea said...

yeah, i'd keep him around too! LOVE IT!

Sandra Nixon said...

How funny that i commented on this at your house today and then stumbled onto your blog for the first time today and here it is again! Note to self: if I ever see a woman selling old windows on side of the road...buy them! ha ha

Angie Berry said...

How wonderful! It is beautiful and you have it decorated so lovely!

Becky @ The Crow's Nest said...

Jo-Anne, I love the new cupboard! going to look at more of your Blog!!!!!!

Prairie Patch said...

Wowzers, that is beautiful! I love how the windows are incorporated into it. Your hubby is indeed very talented!

Thanks for linking up this beauty on the link party.


The Farmer's Attic said...

What a great piece!!! Beautifully decorated!

Thanks for sharing!


Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

Hi, I just came over from the link party. Very nice cabinet!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wow, that is beautiful! That cabinet is definitely a keeper and so is your DH for making it for you, how lucky are you! Found your blog through The Prairie Patch Perfectly Prim Party and so glad I did! Deb

Vickie ~ BGlad Papercrafts ~ WhimseyDimples Studio said...

Two thumbs up for your hubby! What a lovely piece!!
Found you through Prairie Patch's linky party.

Jen said...

That is an amazing cabinet!! He did great on it and that color is prim perfect! The hardware is awesome for the handles, great idea. Love it! Saw you on the Prairie Patch.

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

You are one lucky duck! The cupboard is simply beautiful. Happy to be a new follower, found your blog via Perfectly Prim Party. Please stop by and visit my blog sometime. :)