Tuesday

FRIGHTENING TO FRENCH - french book shelf



My creations seen here on the left started with this inspiration piece on the right from



Let's start at the begining ...
Don't you just love when teenagers get creative ... with markers.
After all they are just trying to express themselves. FYI this was not my child's doing.

 
I used this frightening dresser for lumber supplies for this project.
 

I also stripped down this little maple side table to use.
 

I built the upper portion from the frightening dresser and fastened it to the table.
The color you see above is a grey primer coat and below is the a creamy white.
 

The sides of the dresser were used for the sides of the shelf.
4 inches were cut off the length and 2 inches off the depth.


The crown detail at the top is a decorative wall shelf on clearance at HomeSense.


For the back of the shelving unit I used the drawer bottoms.
An old mirror frame provided the vertical trim up the front edges.
 

I used short pieces of chair rail bought new from a local home improvement store.
 

The shelves themselves are built with the drawer backs.
 
 
and there you have it,
FRIGHTENING teenage dresser TO stylish and FRENCH


 
Another french étagère I built can be seen here

 
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77 comments:

  1. You have my head spinning...that is absolutely unbelievable!!!! How incredibly creative!!!

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  2. WOW! That is just fabulous! You have the talent! Thanks for sharing. 8>)

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  3. OMG...this is so beautiful and interesting how you built it.

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  4. I am in awe of your creativity! Love that!

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  5. I am a new follower...I am sitting at my desk and shaking my head as I review the pictures. This is one of the best transformations I have seen yet. Truly fabulous!!! Congrats & thanks for sharing...

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  6. This is amazing! I agree with the previous comment from Erin. Best transformation I've seen-hands down!

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous... what a creative way to use all those pieces... you just amaze me. Love everything about it. Fantastic job.

    Hugs, Deb

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  8. Wow! That is simply beautiful! You did a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing..
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  9. You're a bloody genius!!! That piece is so great. Now I could do that stuff, but I could never look around at different pieces and come up with the idea to put them together like that. Like I said, you're a bloody genius!

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  10. Can I say LOVE??? It's gorgeous!! Perfect combo!!

    Kendra

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  11. Kristy---it finished FABULOUSLY! And I love how many sources you took from to build it!
    How exciting that my little cabinet was your inspiration! I'll have to build a cabinet in your honor!
    Catherine @ Freddy & Petunia

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  12. Holy Moly, Girl. Those are some mad repurposing skills you have there. I love how it turned out.

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  13. now THAT, my friend, is amazing!!! you knocked it out of the park and made two pieces merge beautifully and saved that one piece completely!

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  14. WOW! WOW! WOW! That is all I can say! Impressive! Visititing from between three sisters.

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  15. WOW YOU GUYS HAVE MADE ME FEEL AS IF I'M ON A STAGE AND MUST TAKE A BOW. THANK THANK THANK YOU ALL.

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  16. Hi Kristy, Wow, I am totally impressed with this piece. It is beautiful!!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  17. GOOD GRACIOUS ALMIGHTY!!! This has to be one of THE coolest projects I have ever seen!!! I love everything about it. WOW WOW WOW!! Big Hugs From Texas, Tara

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  18. How darling! I would've never thought of that!

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  19. Absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love it and you added the perfect accessories.

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  20. Very beautiful! You did an excellent job!

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  21. I would have never thought up a project like this, it looks like a thousand dollar cabinet. Lovely piece and what a creative mind you have!
    sherry

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  22. wow I really love this! It is so pretty, and your photography and styling are equally fantastic!
    Tina

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  23. How amazing are you? That is incredible. I love how it came out.

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  24. That is just awesome!! Truly creative and soo beautiful!

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  25. Beautiful. You are a magician with furniture!

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  26. Proof that creative minds can do absolutely anything! This looks like a very expensive piece of furniture. Stunning!

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  27. I love how you created a totally new piece out of all those different items! Amazing!
    Sarah

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  28. This is stunning! Your so creative! This is a Beautiful piece of furniture!

    I'm your newest follower, I look forward to your posts!

    Jodie

    www.lovelaughteranddecor.blogspot.com

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  29. That looks great! Thanks for joining WUW

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  30. Wow like putting a puzzel together....great job!

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  31. I do believe this is the most amazing transformation I've seen yet! Absolutely gorgeous work!

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  32. unbelievable!! Amazing!!! I wish i could be as crafty and talented as you are to transform different pieces of wood into something extraordinary like that, gorgeous and I'm still in awe!!! love it!

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  33. NO WAY! That is amazing!! I can't believe that started off the way it did. Thanks for showing this off.

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  34. You are unbelievable! What an amazing piece, just gorgeous. You are very talented!

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  35. I have been admiring your pieces for a few months now. My husband and I are living in Argentina but are hopefully moving back to Abby in June. I so need furniture when we get back and am hoping to buy a number of your things. Sadly for me, they sell quickly. This piece is my favorite to date but you have had many that i would have snapped up if I was home. I am tempted to send a friend to buy this for me. Congratulations on such wonderful work.
    Leana in Argentina

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  36. This is absolutely stunning! You have a new follower!

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  37. WOW! Absolutely fantastic! Amazing what all you did from scrap! :o)

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  38. Gorgeous! I love the legs. I am obsessed with french furniture as well.

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  39. I'm so impressed! Fantastic re-do!
    Kate @ welcomedtempest.blogspot.com

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  40. OMG...you're brilliant and insanely creative! I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing creations. You are inspiring me to think outside the box!
    Susan : )
    http://sanctuaryhomebysusancooke.blogspot.com/

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  41. You are so talented! This piece is so pretty and creative. I've featured you in my Flaunt it Friday features party. Stop by and grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like.

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  42. Excellent! You are very talented indeed!

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  43. I don't know what to say other than, WOW!!!

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  44. Wow not to many people amaze me! But you did! This is awesome! I am now your newest follower! Would love for you to visit me!

    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  45. Kristy--more recognition for a great piece and such a great job done!
    Catherine--Freddy & Petunia

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  46. I am so in love with this beautiful piece!!Wow what a creative mind to put these 2 pieces together!! I would love to show it to my friends on my blog at Finding Beauty segment I do for Saturdays if that is ok- I will provide a link.

    bee blessed
    mary

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  47. Wow - you did an amazing job on this.

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  48. WOW!!!!!!!!.. that is so fantastic..how amazing and clever are you to come up with that from the chest of drawers covered in marker pen..i just love it!
    well done!!!
    charl
    xx

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  49. All I can say is WOW!!!!!....Christine

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  50. I came over from Mary's Meanderings to see this amazing shelf. You are brilliant! laurie

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  51. I don’t bookmark sites but i will bookmark this! LOL!

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  52. Fantastic idea and execution! Now you've got me thinking and I want to do something like this as well.
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  53. This is a knock-out! I picked up a little double-decker end table with broken spindles at a yard sale last week for FREE....couldn't think of exactly what to do with it. Your project has given me a wonderful direction - thank you for sharing this gorgeous creation!

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  54. WOW.. great job.. I too love wood and build a few things. Newest follower.. can't wait to check out all of your stuff..
    come see me at squarenailsdesign.blogspot.com when you get a chance..
    Teresa

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  55. You are so wonderfully creative! I love this piece. I hope you can stop by and link this up to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-11.html

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  56. I featured your awesome makeover at my blog today =) Come grab a button when you have time!
    http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-12.html

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  57. I've really enjoyed exploring your site...you do such beautiful work, definitely something to aspire to...I adore the driftwood furniture just as much as your re-finished pieces...following cuz I want more!
    Karajeanne

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  58. The third picture is impressive ;) Teenagers are really creative.
    Thx !!

    Cathy
    Easy French

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  59. Oh my goodness this is just beautiful. It is amazing what we can do when we put our minds up to it with just thing we have. or thrift to make this..
    stephanie

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  60. This is awesome!!!! I'm just starting out but wow that is some inspiration!

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  61. I just joined your blog and wanted to tell you how beautiful, inspiring and totally amazing it is.

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  62. I love this redo..I want one also...
    Stephanie

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  63. Found this pic on Pinterest...then you blew my mind with your blog...searched to see where you live...oh, on the west coast like me! oh, in Langley, just like me!!! On Fraser...a few blocks away!!! So going to check out the store soon!!! LOVE your things!! I have a bunch of maple furniture I just inherited that I want to update for my "shabby chic" interior. <3

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  64. Absolutely in love, beautiful work! May I ask where you found that awesome clock?

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  65. Biting my knuckles...you are some kind of wonderful.

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  66. Absolutely, incredibly, creative! That's what I call Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose all in one!

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  67. I just found this project and ur site via pintrest....I know this is an old post and I rarely comment on anything I find...BUT...I could not pass up the opportunity to commend you on such AMAZING and INSPIRING CREATIVITY! I have been looking online at alot of bogs and pics in search of inspiration and motivation for the garage FULL of furniture & STUFF that I have accumulated with intentions of "transforming" .....and this post is by far one of the MOST INSPIRING & CREATIVE I have found....you are obviously Very talented! Keep doing what u do & Thanks for the inspiration! Have a blessed day!

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  68. holy smokes girl that is an ON Fire creative way to make something trashy into a treasure. Great job! :)

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  69. Which HP printer model is it that your husband has? I'm going to see if I can find one like it. Thanks

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  70. I LOVE what you've done here! Very inspiring

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  71. Still an excellent example of what a piece of furniture can become. Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday.

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  72. WOW!! I love this...what an amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  73. You need to take this info and all those awards below and walk yourself into into every home. Clothing store etc to get a sponsor so you can stay in business. That way they advertise for you also. You are special. If you can't do it get someone else to!

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