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« on: January 02, 2011 12:09:10 PM »

I'm in the process of repainting my kitchen with various garden scenes on the cabinet doors. I posted a few pictures of this WIP on Facebook, where I mentioned that this was my favorite method for hiding nicks, scratches, scars, and stains on cabinets that were too battered to look good with a plain paint job and too cheaply made to be worth stripping and staining.

During the course of a FB conversation, I remembered that I still had some photos of a similar project I'd done on the cabinets at my old house in Illinois. I thought somebody here might enjoy seeing them.



The guy on the left is the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Ill. At right: My late rat terrier, Scout, loved going to Ted Drewes' Frozen Custard.



Left to right: Kansas sunflowers; the Round Barn in Arcadia, Okla.; the 66 Courts sign, formerly in Groom, Texas; and the Blue Spruce Lodge in Gallup, N.M. Scout, in a rare moment of good behavior, decided to sunbathe in front of the cabinets while I was taking pictures of them.



Left: the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Ariz.; right: Roy's Cafe and Motel in Amboy, Calif.



Left: the famous billboard at the Jackrabbit Trading Post, Joseph City, Ariz.; right: the Blue Whale, Catoosa, Okla.



I painted the drawer fronts to look like old Burma-Shave signs and used toy cars as drawer pulls. I figured out that I could drill holes in the bottoms of toy convertibles and then attach them to the drawers with a wingnut and bolt.



The complete rhyme said:
ON 66 WE LOVE TO ROAM
BUT IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK HOME



At left: John's Modern Cabins, Newburg, Mo. At right: my favorite neon swallow from the Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, N.M.
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2011 12:42:51 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011 01:14:15 PM »

I love seeing everything that you post. You're one of my craft idols!

I also feel especially cozy about this project because I've traveled along parts of route 66 numerous times and recognize some of the places you painted and mentioned!
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011 02:01:43 PM »

omg you are totally amazing! this is a craft of epic proportions.
great job!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2011 03:14:27 PM »

These are fantastic.  Wish I got to move into your Illinois home. I hope someone who appreciates them did?
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011 10:04:36 AM »

I LOVE this idea! Nice work!
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011 10:19:46 PM »

Thanks!

spectrumsparksie: The people who moved in were actually artists. When they looked at the house, I assured them that I'd be happy to paint over the cabinets with a solid color before we moved. They wouldn't hear of it. They were planning to give the whole kitchen a much-needed update as soon as they moved in anyway, so they told us to take the doors with us. I didn't have any use for them and didn't want to haul them 400 miles just so I could stash them in my garage, so I gave them to a friend to sell on eBay as a fundraiser for a Route 66 preservation group.  Cool
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011 02:27:24 AM »

Welll I'm super glad they went to a good home. 
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