Tuesday, February 28, 2012

HOW TO TAKE BORING TO BEAUTIFUL - tall white sideboard

I get asked often where I get the appliques I use on my furniture projects.
There is no one answer other than everywhere. 

This fabulous piece above was bought at a yard sale last summer.
It is a flat backed picture frame.
The hanger was unscrewed and the cardboard that was in it was removed,
then simply screwed to this door panel from the back side.

I customized this door panel for this vintage sideboard, it seems someone had an accident with
the glass that use to be there.
Minor repairs where needed from top to bottom on it but it is was a great find.

With my refined taste (wink) the interior of the full length drawer just wasn't going to pass muster.
Ink stains on plywood to the right and red felt sheading on the left, it was gross!
Never mind the large number of leftover sewing pins wedged in the corners,
that I did get attacked by.
I told George it was a rattle snake bite but he didn't buy it.

But when this is the finished result I'll let the snake bite fade away in my memory.

All the doors went from flat to fab with a bit of simple molding trim
and perfectly placed appliques.
The 2 side door appliques were found at a local RE-STORE.

The drawer and cupboard all got a pretty blue and white damask wallpaper lining.
This damask print can be found at Home Depot in BLACK, LIGHT BLUE, and LIGHT GREEN.


The back was falling off so I decided to take it all the way off to line the interior.
Much easier this way.
More rogue sewing pins came out from every corner to play.
I was having none of it this time.

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Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon is a friendly game of one-upmanship between colorful robots. Spread by spread, shapes (reminiscent of Colorforms) are added to make multicolored costumes. This fast-paced pick for story time is also perfect for quiet inspection. Endpapers display the shapes that make up these two robot buddies, and inspire this reader to design her own Robot Zombie.

Monday, February 27, 2012

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET - heather's cabinet

Dear Heather,

This is what happens when you trust me with your furniture.

Heather found a tall primitive yellow kitchen cupboard on a road trip,
obviously liked it and decided to bring it home.
Then sweet talked George to get me to do a makeover on it.

Heather and George have known each other for some time,
and she is also a proud owner of another one of my original pieces.
The cabinet was a 1 piece unit to start but to start I cut it into 2.

The cupboard is 84.5" tall so tall the top shelf is almost unusable on a regular basis.
I decided to take inspiration from a friend's kitchen cabinets and make the top shelf
simple open display.

Some damage had occurred to the back panels during the trip home so those were replaced.
Then I lined the interior of the upper storage shelves and that back with a fun wallpaper.

This area by far has received the most work.
This back section was also completely replaced and the
side panels are covering up what use to be there.
All quarter inch dark stained oak panels painted in old white.
Once distressed the panel strips and dark stain are emphasized perfectly.

I transfered a few fun graphics to the new bottom doors (made to look like old fashioned store bins)

I lined the lower cupboard shelves with the same wallpaper as the upper,
however I had to cut and install hardboard liners for the shelves first
due to the rough uneven surfaces of the old boards.

The before pictures are coming ...
just to prove there was a significant change.

This project has taken me almost a full week,
longer than I had thought but I am very happy with the results.

I had considered working with the arborite but quickly learned it was worn out and brittle.
Needless to say removing it or covering it up was a full day in its self and a dirty process.

Heather will be seeing her cabinet for the first time as she reads this.

What do you think, can I be trusted?

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