Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victrola to Vanity Cabinet




I have been looking for some sort of cabinet to turn into a vanity for our small guest bathroom for quite some time.  The problem is the space for the vanity is tiny. 






Finally I stumbled onto the perfect piece, an old Victrola. I was missing a few parts but that was just fine with me.   I love the carved detail on the front, the paneled doors and little casters.  I started by removing the top lid, not shown, that was attached with a hinge.  Eventually I plan to add a mirror to it and hang it above the vanity.  Then I took off the back and the insides. 


The turntable came out easily with just a few screws but left a large hole.



My solution was to cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit inside the top to cover the holes and add a little more support.  This also helped with another issue which was that the only sink I could find that would fit in the space needed to be raised up just a bit.  I stained the plywood to match and sealed it with several coats of marine varnish.  Once in place I used some silicone around the edges to seal them.  Then I cut the appropriate size hole for the sink drain and faucet.  







Luckily the only sink that was small enough to fit was also one of the least expensive vessel sinks you can find.  I found it at Lowes.  The faucet I ordered off Amazon. 







I love the little X detail when you open the cabinet.  I painted the cabinet with Milk Paint in the color Luckett's green by Miss Mustard Seed.  I wanted it to chip so I did not use any bonding agent. I sealed the cabinet with MMS wax because I like the low sheen.  The shower in this bathroom never gets used so I am not worried about humidity or splashing water. 

 


Here's the before.  Yellowed pine tongue and groove just like everywhere else had around here.


Doesn't it just fit perfect in that space?  You can see I also painted all the tongue and groove, which is also on the ceiling, white.  The tile is off white so to tie that in I hung an off white  bead board picture frame on the wall and have painted a small cabinet on the opposite wall off white.  I changed out the base molding as well.   I still need to add a little piece to the right of the cabinet though.  Next up is to change out the boring hollow core door with a old solid wood paneled door I got from a friend.  The size is perfect but of course the hinges don't line up so that's why I haven't gotten around to it yet.  Unfortunately I am not going to change the flooring.  There is actually a funny story about why there are two different colored tiles.  It's part of the history of this quirky little place so I will leave it, for now. 



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Deconstructed Chair



I have been wanting to reupholster a chair in this European Wool Army Blanket for at least six months.  I love the stripe and it's just so cozy.  Finally when I had sorta forgotten all about it, I found the perfect chair. 


 It has very simple lines with the most fabulous chunky legs.


I have also always wanted to do a deconstructed chair.  Once I stripped the old fabric off I knew this chair would be perfect for that as well.  It's very well built and very heavy.  The thick hardwood frame is pretty, if you are into that sort of thing.


I used tons of old school tacks that are exposed to add to the deconstructed look.  I had to be very careful with my cuts around the frame because what is usually hidden is now out there for all to see.



I really enjoyed this project.  It just sort of evolved and all fell into place.  I love it when that happens.  I know it's not every one's cup of tea but as someone reminded me last week, if we all had the same taste it would be a very boring world. ;)
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prim Cabinet in the Dining Room




I have been thinking for awhile that I wanted to find either a large primitive cabinet for the dining room or maybe build one.  Something that screamed farmhouse with tons of character.  Then I remembered we had this old cabinet in our potting shed.  It is the perfect color green and very rustic.   I told my husband my brilliant idea and he was less then pleased which of course only made it seem like a better idea.   As we were dragging it out of the shed he mentioned several times that he felt we should be taking it to the burn pile and not the house.  Truth is it is in a lot rougher shape than I wanted to admit.  Hardly any rot.  Only the whole bottom of the back and a little on the sides.  I kept thinking it would be okay nothing a little cleaning cant fix.  Before bringing it in I hosed it off and bleach cleaned the inside, then used soap and water on the outside so as not to lose the great patina.


In the house it went.  Immediately I realized, without mentioning it to my hubby, that it's not gonna work.  It's not just the fact that it is rotten and wobbly.  It doesn't work with my wall color.  I decided to just think about it for a few days and see if it grew on me.  It hasn't.  Oh well at least now I know how much I like what was there before.  Which was my little farm house table with the DIY letterpress tray above it.   My husband is going to be so thrilled because just as last weekend I had to have it in the house right now, I need it out immediately.  Back to the potting shed it goes.    


One last thing did you see the antique baby scale sitting on top of the cabinet?  My sister found it for me.  She knows I have been collecting unique old scales.  I love it!  I think it will hang out on top of the little table once the cabinet is gone. 

 

P.S.
Did you see the easter bunny is still hanging out on my living room mantle?  Ha.


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