Kitchen Cabinets

A while back we bought a bunch of used cabinets off a guy in Palm Springs for $200 bucks which is a great deal when only one is typically that price. I think we got a total of 6. The one problem was they looked like every standard cabinet in suburbia. I wanted something different. One day I was on Pinterest and found my inspiration.

I searched Craigslist for old wood to reface the cabinets with. It is hit or miss and I missed. Ultimately, I ended up using cedar picket fencing, a hammer, and random objects to make them look old.

Two different stains were used to give the pickets a weather beaten look. Instead of putting the stain directly on the wood, I saturated it with water first. Water separates the oil stain reducing the amount able to penetrate the wood.  It worked out great and the stain didn’t end up looking too dark.

In the end, I think they turned out pretty great for cheapy stock cabinets!







The bathroom framing is done. Oddly enough it makes the space seem bigger not smaller like I thought it would.

I decided to put in a key code lock on the door.  I LOVE IT!  It is soooo perrrfect.  I don’t have to worry about pulling out my keys and fussing around.  A light turns on the keypad once you push any button, so at night there is no issue.  We got the idea from an amazing  house we rented in Abiquiu, NM from We thought it was the greatest idea for a vacation rental.  No worrying about finding the key under the mat or the rock to the left of the can under the 3rd step.

Since we decided to keep the original color of the salmon block cabin you see spotted across Joshua Tree, we felt color was a must somewhere on the house. The only remaining door, which was eaten by termites, had remnants of teal under the scraped paint. So it was an easy choice what the color would add to the cabin. The front door was a teal once before and now once again.  It is an Egypian ancient belief that teal wards of off evil. Native Americans associate the color to fertility, water, and the endless sky.  Besides all that, teal just makes me happy. Right now I am wearing a teal sweatshirt, teal headband, turquoise earings, and porcupine quills with turquoise beads! OH how I love teal.


Today I had a nice visit from a tarantula. It was randomly walking next to a piece of plywood.  This was the second one I have come across while living in JT. I’m just glad it was only a tarantula.  I find them kind of cute because they are fuzzy. Since reading their bite is equal to a bee sting, I am less fearful of them.  I feel sorry for them in a way because they live as recluses.  I wonder if they ever get lonely for other tarantulas?


Today we put in all of the windows!! It only took us about 4 hours and it was so easy. All it took was some muscle and some screws.  It is amazing what a few windows to can to a place!  No more boards.  The cabin is really starting to look like a habitable home.20121028-194809.jpg

I love the road we have to take to get to our cabin.  It is down a dirt road with a few gradual hills and each time you make it over the top of one you expect to see something but it is just more sand, rocks, Joshua Trees, and sky.

Sunrise patio


I installed the front door “sunrise patio,” otherwise known as the midget door (Home Depots -2″ width mess up). Possibly the carpenter comes tomorrow to do the main support. I didn’t hear from him to confirm, but the wood showed up for the job. The delivery driver told me about his grandfather homesteading up in Pioneertown back in the 40’s.  He said when you wanted a parcel of land for free to homestead on, you had to pick out a few plots, submit them to the county and the county decided which one you get and the new owner had to pay the Processing fee.  Back then it was $90.00, which still was a lot of money.  Luckily, his grandfather got his first pick and built his cabin out of reclaimed barn wood he got for free for tearing down an old barn.