GEORGE IS A GONER - cabinet transformation

I remember that morning we were running late because someone slept in.
It was one of those Saturdays I enjoy so much, spending time with George, getting out
to all the yard sales and finding other ppls crap I can make into something wonderful.

Heading down the road I spotted this cabinet and my heart started to pound in my chest.
Unsure if it was the fast food I had for breakfast or the treasure I just saw on the road side
but I knew it was a candidate for my workshop.

I had an appointment to keep before I could consider wrangling this thing into our vehicle,
so George dropped me off and he went back. George is a mighty force to be
reckoned with but when it comes to dirt, ..... he's a goner.

Poor George picked up this filthy, spider ridden cabinet for me. 
He was a one man crew picking up and loading this piece into my truck.
Once he returned you had to see his face, his dirty white shirt, and hear the story only he could tell,
With a piece that was this grimy
I had to clean, sand, paint and wax the interior shelves,
lined all the drawers as well as the inside back panels.
There was some damage to the bottom edges so I cut that right off and added new legs.
I added some iron scroll work to trick your eye
away from the building block shape, and installed a mirror into the door.


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BEDSIDE CUPBOARDS - glass knobs and white paint

My back is a large part of why I finally chose to leave the work force.
I did love my job but I was coming home daily in so much pain it wasn't worth while anymore.

The other day as I began working on these bedside cabinets I bent over to pick something up.
Back issues are quite normal for me as I have been dealing with them for a
large part of my life and I am weakest holding things in front of me.
As I started to stand up I gave a little cough and a shooting pain ripped across my back. 

Needless to say I continued to work on these precious little guys,
but George was home standing over me making sure I took it easy.

We found them on our recent Thrift Shop Hop which turned into
a true Garage Sale Grind as we treated one lucky lady to a day filled with fabulous yard sales.

I painted them in old white, added new legs, and glass hardware.

The interior cabinets have been lined,

along with the drawers.

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THE JOYS OF BLACK WAXING - boys black bookshelf

I love to wax black paint!
I love to wax graphite chalk paint!
I really really do!
I hope if I say it enough it might make it true.
I've been playing around with these little cabinets for some time.
I wanting to transform them into a cute set of bedside tables. 

Ideally some baskets for the openings, second hand of course because that is what I do.
99% of ever bit I use is recycled!
My screws and nails are bought at yard sales and discount stores, buying wood at a
lumber store is out of the question, and if I want baskets for cubbies they must be repurposed.
Guess what .... I didn't find them.
At this point I started to work at combining the two together into some needful thing ...

The front legs are harp arms from a vintage mirror, the top is a maple coffee table,
and the lower trim is the apron from the same table.
Just in the nick of time I got a message "I need a bookshelf for my son's room"
With the dimensions I was given this piece would work!

This bookshelf would need just a bit more shelving on top so with the kind help
of some pine headboards I was able to crown it off just right.
Now I had to wax the beast! 
I hate waxing black paint!
I hate waxing graphite chalk paint!
No matter how often I do it I really don't enjoy it! 

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CHANGES- bedroom inspiration

There is always something going on around here with furniture and decor
but right now the plans are kinda big and ambitious.
I have finished another piece for our new bedroom and it complements our plans and color very well.
I'm sure you will see more details of this transformation as the room comes together.
This picture below will give you an idea of the direction we want to go in.
That's not to say the wall are going to be painted blue or I'm going to pull out a sewing machine
to make those gorgeous window treatments, it's just a feeling we are after.
Dream Plans
Now you can see the big difference in what we have vs. what we desire.
That means a few pieces have to go.
Current Look
The large cherry storage unit to the left above and the dark chandelier pictured below is another.

But do not worry all this furniture displacement has not stopped me from still creating.
I am currently finishing up this darling little graphite piece.

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HOW TO RE-PURPOSE OLD FURNITURE - two matching display cabinets

I call them "The Nouveau Brothers" because
they are twins and I added a little art deco
styling to them. I built these cabinet using
all re-purposed parts from different
unwanted pieces of furniture. But the
inspiration that started them off was found
in a very unique pieces of furniture.

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I thought this dresser looked very Spanish these four arches across the front,
so I nicknamed it the Spanish Console.

It almost looks like 12 small drawers but it really is only 6 drawers, 3 on each side.
I changed the original hardware for mini ceramic knobs hand made in India.

I opened the center up for a shelf by taking out 3 center drawers and painting inside.
I worked on this piece in sections and over a few weeks because I'm very limited with space
so it is hard for me to work on a piece that is 71" long effectively.

I added wonderful large loft style castors so it would move easy and look great.

I saved the warm walnut finish on top and found a matching shelf for inside.

It was used as a TV console before I got it so the transformation into a Media Center only made sense.

BEFORE                                            AFTER
I don't have a loft space to photograph it in but try to imagine how magnificent it would be
in that kind of home.

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