What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cupboard Makeover = Happiness

I am the Queen of picking things up with good intentions.  Good intentions to paint it or clean it up or put it on ebay or whatever.  Lots of times I look at it for so long I just get sick of it and end up re-donating it.  

When I brought this little cupboard home this week, I swore that I would paint it and put it to good use.  Not later, not someday...NOW!  I hated the beige paint and the birdhouses and painted doors.  I know some people might still like that look, but it's just not me. So, I sanded it and painted it white.  I originally thought I would edge it in red like an old Hoosier, but in the end, I decided I liked it solid white.
To say that I love this little cabinet would be a severe understatement.  Like, I want to marry it, you know?

And because I am in my *cough* 40's *cough, of course I have two sets of tiny dishes and a tea pot to fill it up.  And,  doily, of course.  Green handled cookie cutter?  No problem.

Wee cookie jar?  Of course!  Miniature salt and pepper shakers?  Why, of course!

I spent part of the afternoon pillaging my house looking for all my little stuff.  I think I found it.  
 I still need to put the tiny glass knobs on.  I saved these from a long gone project.  Happy that I rediscovered them earlier this week.
Here it is in the living room where I can see it.  Right next to my beloved Shiny Brite filled lamp.  Throw in a tiny celluloid baby doll and some metal toy scales and you have a table full of happy. 

What made you happy today?


  1. a very cute collection. you are right that is a corner of happiness.

  2. I thought this was a full size cabinet until the last picture! Very cute!

  3. I didn't realize how little this was, either. It's adorable!

  4. Well this "little" makeover made me happy.

  5. Well this "little" makeover made me happy.

  6. Well this "little" makeover made me happy.

  7. I had no idea that cabinet was so tiny! Wow!

  8. I was in love with this little cabinet the minute you showed it. Now that it's painted I too want to 'marry it'!!! Love your tiny dishes and cookie cutter. This would make me smile all day long!
    hugs, Linda

  9. You sure do have a table full of happy! The cupboard turned out great! Good job! :)

  10. That is really cute. I thought it was a little bigger than it actually is.

  11. LOVE it!!! Drooling over your shiny brite lamp too!!!

  12. Oh, my gosh, Shara - that cupboard is SO cute!!!

  13. It's tiny! That made me laugh because like the others, I thought it was full-sized until the end! So beautiful!

  14. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Oh, I am in love with your little cabinet as well. It is adorable and the dishes look perfect displayed in it. My husband made me a doll cabinet for Christmas one year and I have a metal set of new sock monkey dishes displayed in it along with a sock monkey. I think my cabinet is 3 or 4 inches bigger than yours. I could easily get addicted to these cute little cabinets.

  15. Very cute, I love what you did with it.

  16. FINISHED projects are THE.BEST! ...and yours turned out GREAT - Love it 8-) GOOD JOB!!!


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