Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Extreme Distressing





A few pieces I have done lately could be described as extremely distressed.  Which I am loving right now. When I started this furniture business I heavily distressed everything.  Then I went through a cleaner painting phase and now I'm feeling the distressed look again.

 
 
My inspiration for this piece came from my old coffee table that I had just finished giving a makeover.  


My table had been painted green and when I stripped it bits of green were left.  Loved it.  The bare wood has such cool variations in it all I had to do was seal it.   The desk however wasn't painted it only had a clear yellowed finish on it.  So I thought hey I will just strip the finish off, slap some paint on and sand it back.  ;)



I love how it turned out.  The charcoal feet and pull for the drop front are my favorite part.





 

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Favorite Room Series on Savvy Southern Style

I am so honored to be asked to share my favorite room as part of Savvy Southern Styles Favorite Room Series.  If your not familiar with the blog you are missing out.  Kim has such a talent for decorating her beautiful home.  She also hosts a great weekly blog party on Wednesdays that I have been linking to since the beginning.  I am thankful she asked just at the right time when I was already working on a makeover because it really helped motivate me to finish.   



Head on over and check out my favorite room here.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Media Cabinet with Custom Doors

Recently I was contacted by the company Cabinet Now and asked if I'd like to review their product.  They build custom made cabinet doors.  They have tons of door and drawer styles in several choices of wood.  They are custom made to the exact size you need.  Of course I jumped at the chance.  It was perfect timing because I have been planning to build a media cabinet for our TV for months now.  I love to build furniture but don't always love building the doors.  Doors are the hardest part to build on any project.  I didn't want to tackle all the routering (or is it routing?) needed for glass paned doors.   I've been looking for at least a year at Salvage stores and have not found any doors that would work either.


Now that I had the doors covered I just had to settle on a design for the cabinet.   We have a ridiculously large TV and electronics so we needed something low and about five feet wide.  I wanted glass doors to help hide the electronics and cut down on dust.  My recent love of all things on wheels made me want it on casters.  I also wanted old school latch hardware.  I ended up with a simple design that's a little industrial and all about the fabulous doors.  

 

I selected the door style Artesia with French Lites.  It looked the most like old windows to me.  I wasn't sure if I would leave them stained or end up painting them so I chose stain grade select Alder.  They also carry paint grade if you are going to just paint them.  I'm liking the two toned for now but if I ever get tired of that look I can always remove the casters, paint the doors and heavily distress it for a rustic shabby look. 
 
 
Here's how they looked when they came. (after a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner)  They were buttery smooth and perfectly square.  I was very pleased.  They came wrapped in at least four layers of sturdy cardboard with 1/4" melamine strapped around them.  There was not a scratch or ding anywhere.  Some things to note are that they don't come with glass or hinges.  You can opt to have the holes bored for hidden hinges if you like.  I wanted exposed hinges so I didn't.  You can also purchase rubber or wood glass stops if you want them.  I didn't need those either, the glass guy just used silicone.  They have an FAQ page if you are not sure what that means which was helpful because I wasn't.  The ordering process was very easy.  For the glass I took them to my local glass shop and they did a great job putting it in.  The cost for 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 glass installed was $16 per door. 
 
I highly recommend Cabinet Now and would definitely use them again.  I already have another project in mind for my kitchen.   
 
 
 
Here's what we used before, the stand that came with the TV.
 
 

Here's how the new cabinet looks in the room.  You hardly notice the big elephant in the room now with such a nice cabinet.  (Please just agree with me. )

Stop by Friday for the full Living Room reveal.  The makeover is complete!




* this post was sponsored by Cabinet Now and I was given the product in exchange for this post.  All opinions, as always are my own.
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