Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Perfect Cabinet

Recently I purchased a fabulous cabinet from The Modern Cottage Company, the store where I sell my furniture pieces.  I've been looking for just the right piece for quite awhile now.  If you remember a few months back I even dragged that old green cabinet out of my potting shed and tried to make it work, it didn't.  


That is not my cabinet. It's one of my inspiration pieces.  I wanted something with a place to display and store pretties and also storage that is hidden for the non pretty stuff.  I also love the weathered finish and muted color of this piece.

Here's the cabinet I bought.  It's awesome, almost exactly what I wanted.  I just need to make a few tweaks and it will be perfect. The size is right.  The doors and sides are paneled and it has great trim on top.  I love the drawers and feet as well.  It's really well made and was built to come apart.  The top comes off then the side panels can be removed from the front and back panels. It had previously been used to hold clothes so I had to add some shelves.   To hold the shelves I screwed in 1 x 2 shelf supports.  To make it extra sturdy I attached the supports to the front and back as well as the sides so now it wont come apart until the screws are removed.  I used my a pocket jig to make the holes.

To make it just what I want I plan to cut out the top panels on the doors and replace them with glass.  I played around with my photo editing software (above) just for fun to see what that would look like. It will be perfect, I'm so excited.

I also plan to paint it once I decide on a color.  Here's some more inspiration.

Of course I love grays but kind of want it to be a fun color.


Loving this color. Greens and blues are my favorite.

Or a neutral wash.

or bold color. :)  All I know is that the finish will be milk paint, distressed and chippy.  I'm in no hurry, I love the process.  First I need to get this kitchen remodel finished.  We finally decided on counter tops and will be installing those in the next couple weeks.  Then I need to decide on what color to paint the kitchen Island, then I will decide on this piece since it is across the room from the island.  I will share it all once it's done.   For now I am enjoying it just as it is. 

What color are you loving right now?   I'd love to hear. 

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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Schumacher Twins

I like these chairs so much I named them.  These were a recent client project.  I have been crushing on this fabric for quite some time now.  It's called Garden of Persia by Schumacher.  I have had the pleasure of working with this particular client several times now.  When she decided on these chairs she wanted a large print in navy and asked if I knew of any that she might like.  This fabric immediately came to mind and she loved it.  Perfect.  

This fabric has a 26" x 44" straight repeat which is crazy large.
(here's the part where I show what a huge fabric geek I have become, I find this stuff extremely interesting to the dismay of my friends and family) I created the image above to show the full 54" width of the fabric so I could convey to you just how hard such a large repeat can be to work with.  The green box above shows the repeat.  There can/will be a lot of waste with a big repeat.  There were only two repeats side by side of the large flower motif.  Luckily that worked out perfectly (it was so close) for the backs of the chairs but not for the seats.  The seat piece of fabric was too large for the big flower to be centered.  The solution was to take the seat portion right smack out of the center of the fabric, shown above by the blue box.  It worked and looks like one really large repeat.

Not that anyone would even notice (or care) unless they really know this fabric.

For the paint finish we decided on Driftwood milk paint by Old Fashion Milk Paint.  Two coats sanded back really highlights the carved details.

On the outside backs is a medium gray linen that compliments the paint finish and doesn't compete with the main fabric.  I think the neutral paint and back fabric really let the bold print be the star, as it should be. 

These are such great chairs, and that fabric is just so striking.  Another one of my favorites.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Vanity to Two Tone Desk

Here's a piece I finished a few weeks ago.  It belongs to a friend of mine.  It was his grandmothers vanity and he wanted me to restore it so that he could use it as a desk.  He lives in a small space so the size was just right for his needs. 
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