Monday, November 15, 2010

big boy blue

We had a ball doing this piece! Everything about it was fun.. the shape, the details, the COLOR, the funkiness…..

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a shop owner from my hometown. She originally wanted something to store a new line of candles in, and she asked me for suggestions for a piece to use. I asked her, “How about a big old funky china cabinet?”.  I sent her this picture, and she loved it.


I talked to her to get a feel for the look she wanted. She told me she wanted fun and funky and that I could do ANYTHING I wanted.  The owner had seen my china cabinet redo and requested wire in the doors like I had in mine.


I showed her a few pieces of furniture I had done in my home… She wanted a green color and loved the blue I used in this piece.


Since she loved this piece so much I painted the cabinet this exact color (halycon green by Sherwin Williams) but left the interior in the wood finish to have the contrast like the table above.

This is what she looks like today:




We used chicken wire sprayed with hammered bronze for the doors…. Doesn’t it looks so “old farmhouse Frenchy”?


I don’t know if you noticed the hardware in the “before” shot, but it was huge, clunky, outdated, and plain UGLY. These doors already have such amazing detail, and those pulls were overkill. We filled the original holes with wood filler, but since the doors aren’t regular wood (they’re this strange plasticy kinda wood?) the holes were still visible after sanding and painting. Since she had given me the go ahead to do do anything I wanted I decided to modge podge this texted scrapbook paper to cover the holes. The doors have magnetic closures and open easily with a touch. They really didn’t NEED pulls.  After they were attached I glazed over the wood and sealed it with a protective spray.


Another shot of the doors with  distressing and glazing. The bottom moulding was damaged, so we replaced all of it…



There is great storage in this piece including that pull out drawer on the right side…




Today the owner texted me that she can’t pick it up as planned this morning because of the rain. She also said that the shop may never see this piece, because she loves it so much she wants it in her house. I’m always thrilled when people are happy with what we’ve done for them.

Once more. Before                           and after:

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Thanks for looking. I’m linking up to:

Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can

Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party

Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Stories of a House Project Diaries

The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday

Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Savvy Southern Style

Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous

Style Feature Saturday at Perfectly Imperfect

Friday at Remodelaholic


Chrissie said...

I love it! You did an excellent job, I am sure your friend will be thrilled!

Janine said...

Oh my goodness. I cannot get over your makeovers. Oh to have an eye to see that kind of potential ;) Absolutely fabulous!! Love it clever lady. Well done (yet again)!

Julie said...

AWESOME!!! Love the blue . Fantastic transformation for Met Monday. Thanks for sharing the change. I can see why she wanted to put it in her nest instead of her shop.... :-)

High Street Cottage said...

Lou, it's nothing short of amazing! I really love the scripted text you added. It just gives it a romantic touch. The blue is just gorgeous. Another well done from me young lady. :)

The Shanty Girl said...

I am stopping in from metamorphis monday and wanted to say I love your makeover project, it turned out beautiful!!

kathie said...

TOO cute!!! I love it! I'm glad you shared the name of that color, I've been meaning to ask you about it anyhow :) I love what you did with the paper too, that makes it extra fun!

Denise said...

really beautiful piece! Love it and especially the mod podge overlay. Found you through Met Mondays!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Wonderfully and beautifully done! I love the "bronzed" chicken wire! I'm thinking of doing this to a built in hutch in my mobile home cuz you've kicked my brain into gear. Thanks!

Julie Harward said...

I loved that...and it's much better than the one my husband got his hands on...he made his into a gun cabinet! ;D

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Gorgeous, Lou! I think the paper that you used to cover the holes actually worked out being a nice decorative touch. Between the color, the paper, and the wire - very French looking for sure! : )

Sarah @ said...

Gorgeous! What a great makeover. I'm sure they will love it. I know I would!!

Anonymous said...

The deco podge idea was brilliant!

Take care,

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Woa. That was obviously a labor of love. I would not have been able to come up with such a great solution for the wood-filling problem as you did, yet it turned out great. I like your idea of chicken wire to make it very rustic farmhouse French. I will keep that in mind when I eventually tackle a china cabinet in my garage :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is fabulous, just gorgeous!!!!!
Thanks for linking up!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

fabulous!!! love the idea of paper on those little panels- they look wonderful and give it some oomph. great job, lou lou!

Anonymous said...

You sure have an eye for detail and color. This piece is gorgeous! Very Shabby Chic!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Super transformation. I love the color and love the chicken wire. Thanks so much for linking up!

Cheri said...

That is a beautiful blue color - love it!

Debbie said...

Oh that was such a neat redo, you put a different twist too on the inserts....nice job!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from the Boring to Better party!! That turned out just awesome and I just love the inserts! You have a new follower!

Judy said...

Awesome job. I love the color and especially love the use of the scrapbook paper. I linked over from the Power of Paint party. I am your latest follower. I hope you come follow me too.

Shelia said...

This is a gorgeous piece and I love how you've brought new life to it. The color and glazing is perfect.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Absolutely beautiful. Who would've known? Yes, it does have a lovely french quality now. I love the lettering medallions on the doors. Sweet touch!

Would love you to stop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint.

Shaunna said...

It's beautiful! I love the script on the door fronts! Thanks for linking it up! -shaunna :)


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