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Stacked Cabinets

Martha Stewart Living, September 2005

These two flea market cupboards looked nothing alike, yet it wasn't hard to turn them into a single piece that functions like an armoire. All we did was paint them the same shade of white and blue-green and then add polished-nickel latches and crown molding. We stacked them and placed display items in the glass-front and linens underneath.

Comments (17)

  • IntheSky 26 Feb, 2013

    I doubt they even care, Katie. It's been three years.

  • katie224455 27 Jan, 2013

    I'm also surprised that you're tripped up by simple things like how to paint furniture and how to choose a paint color, but you didn't mention or ask anything about how to attach molding. I would think that would be something that someone who doesn't have any DIY skills would also be confused by. If specifics were left out, it's because they're basic skills that are either intuitive or common knowledge. If you don't know how to do something basic, either do some research or don't DIY.

  • katie224455 27 Jan, 2013

    I think it's pretty funny how some people need direction on every little thing-- including the steps that are either obvious or intentionally left up to the individual! If you don't know how to paint furniture, use your common sense or Google it. You can paint with a brush without getting obvious brush strokes or you can use a foam roller if you're that scared. They "did the inside" by painting it matching teal, like they said. All whites are not equal, true, so pick the one that you want/like.

  • mlbw 8 Oct, 2010

    I was wondering why there are no tips or how to on actually painting the pieces - nothing looks worse than brush marks...or how they did the inside. Also - no recommendation on the actual paint color as all whites are not equal....

  • frenchmaide 8 Oct, 2010

    Looks crooked...

  • shewhofindsthings 12 Oct, 2009

    Love it!!!!

  • ekdeileen 25 Sep, 2008

    i two months ago, I bought two indentical black end tables, each had a drawer, a louved door on the bottom, I took the screwed in feet off of one of them and stacked them. they are six feet high and look like they belong that way, I did this on a whim.. the best part is, they were on sale for 6.00 from 49.99 ,,, now it looks like a more expensive piece of furniture.. no painting required :) i did have to put them together.. but I love how they it came together.. they look great ..

  • julieblue 21 Sep, 2008

    Not a bookshelf...a bookcase.

  • julieblue 21 Sep, 2008

    I just discovered this idea in my own home yesterday. I placed a bookshelf on top of a small dresser. I have double the storage and am taking advantage of the high ceilings in my apartment.

  • silverqueen 18 Sep, 2008

    Ike Survivors: Contact insurance co. immediately .Photograph everything for insurance claims. Gives proof when water recedes. Drywall has to go if it sat in water. Mold will grow in it. Electric outlets probably need to be redone. Appliances and AC, too. Wait and see. Use strong bleach solution to clean everything- 1gal water to 1.2 c bleach. Wear gloves! Furniture can be saved with professional cleaning. Photos...I don't know how to preserve these.

  • Alabaxter 17 Sep, 2008

    I should have given my email for anyone with really good ideas to organize the photo stuff (don't say scrapbooking - if I had time for that I would). I would really appreciate it - cause dampness will destroy this stuff.. Put Martha in your subject line please.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Alabaxter 17 Sep, 2008

    Posts with ideas for us Gulf Coast Ike survivors are WELCOME!!! My decorating budget just went out the door. What I need is a way to organize 4 rubbermaid boxes of family photos - complete with frames, geneology stuff and soon!!!

  • silverqueen 16 Sep, 2008

    Smckie -I am praying for you and all who have to deal with the aftermath of Ike. Being in coastal FL, I relate to what you are facing. I have some tips for you for the cleanup...from trial and error by my friends who flooded in both Faye and the 4 hurricanes who hit FL in a row four years ago. Too long to post here...
    if interested, email me

  • photophil 15 Sep, 2008

    I found a waterbed headbord in the garbage in the ally, painted it and screwed it to the wall ,,, great cheap storage..

  • concretebunny 15 Sep, 2008

    I do this in my bedroom and love the look.
    The "bottom" is two antique steamer trunks on their sides, and the top is a small maple dresser.

  • smckie 15 Sep, 2008

    Hello Martha, I watch/read you regularly and today is my birthday. It was somehow comforting to see your tips come up on my email as I am one of many displaced Hurricane Ike victims looking at email to see about friends. Send flood clean up tips please as we live in Seabrook tx and have 5-6 feet of water and are one of the lucky ones as we are alive. Bless everyone and we are praying for them.

  • writer11 15 Sep, 2008

    I've been doing exactly this for years and have a website that illustrates this in my own home (check the gallery). I love beach/cottage style.

    Linda Borland-Fitzgerald