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.
I still had to make a delivery and an install before we could make any stops.
 
 
Heading down the road I spotted this cabinet and my heart started to pound in my chest.
Unsure if it was the A&W I just ate or the treasure I just saw it was time to get my hands back
on the wheel or get a ticket for not using a hands free device while driving.
 
 
George has an affinity for yard sales even when I am not there so he dropped
me off and back he went. 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,
priceless!
 
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With a piece that was this grimmy
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.
Mixed up a lovely antique cream color of paint, 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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OH MY BACK - bedside cupboards

 
 
My back is a large part of why I finally chose to stay home and work.
I did love my *real* 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.
 
 
 
And here are a couple of the new treasures that can be found at
 
 
 

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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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MULTIPLES AND NINE MONTHS - matching book shelves



When I introduced you to the amazing set of shelves I finished
I also promised a recap of the parts that went into this long project.


Let me start by saying when you re-purpose furniture and you are firm on only building
with recycled items, finding multiples of what you need is not easy.


I acquired the base cabinets for this project about 9 months ago at the auction.
It looked like a dresser when we were bidding on it but come to find out it was 2 little
sets of drawers stacked and only attached at the back with wood braces.

4 months later I devised the plan but like many things that take 9 months it was
difficult, sometimes painful, and seemed like it would never end.

Strange Little Dressers



Bookcase Headboard



Another Headboard



Foot Boards & Bed Slats



 Glass Hutch Doors

  

Cast Iron Stove Legs



 Handles



Chair Arms





I want to thank everyone who continues to support me and let you know
I couldn't do this without your wonderful comments and encouraging words!

Lastly here are just a few updates of treasures that can be found at



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PAINTED MID-CENTURY DRESSER - spanish console



 
 
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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