I just finished a project and I am so pleased with the results. I love when I can take something destined for the trash and transform it into something spectacular! (At least I think it is spectacular ;-)).
A friend of mine called this ” awesome-ly ugly” and I totally agreed! But I could see past the bumps and bruises and envision what it could be. But here it is in all its ugliness:
Yes, it is lying on its side, but I flipped it to make it easier to view. I think you could see that it had been well loved by some little person! I took it apart, had to repair the leg (I think I made it sturdier than it had been originally!) and sanded all the rough edges and put a couple of coats of primer on it.
The doors were past repair and frankly, didn’t like the solid look of the doors anyway. I set about finding a way to replace them, but couldn’t figure out how to purchase something pre-made that would fit into the space. I checked a few places, even looked at the possibility of using something from an existing piece or used (checked one of my favorite places, The Habitat ReStore) but without any luck. But, as fate would have it, Craigslist provided me with the source. A small carpentry shop that was able to custom make me doors based on my description and the original doors as templates. Love, love, LOVE the look of the new doors, backed with pretty cotton panels. The can be changed out and customized ever so easily. And all things considered, reasonably priced and a three day turnaround. I think the more I use this company, the bigger my discounts 🙂
Anyway, new doors in hand, the final color was chosen. I had done a ton of pink lately (and black/gray too!) but wanted to do something different that would appeal to little girls who might not be infatuated with pink. I was one of those little girls, being the girl in the middle of 6 boys, my mother was determined to paint my prepubescent world in pink, to which I developed a serious hate of the color. It is only recently, that after raising my son that I began to miss the joys and possibilities of pink.
I chose a very light, subtle shade of yellow. It was actually the base of the the yellow ombré cabinet I did a few weeks ago (you can see it here). Its warm and sunny, but not overpowering. So, without more fuss, here is the end result:
I love the way it turned out and I think the crowning jewels are the glass knobs. They are so dainty yet beautiful (and functional)!
I love when a piece turns out this great. And I cannot wait to share with someone as well. I am pretty sure that I will have no problem selling this one. Here is a quick ‘before and after’ shot:
And of course, I have the next project(s) ready to go. Actually, I have one piece just about done, just need to install the hardware. It is another “suitcase” dresser and I think it has turned out exceptionally. I have another piece that just lends itself to that treatment and I realized that after checking out others’ treatments, I read a comment from one woman who voiced the frustration of not being able to find more explicit instructions on how to create the style. So, I decided that with this next project, I am going to provide just that… step by step instructions and photos. (So, keep an eye peeled!)
Thought I would show you my little helper (you can see the cabinet of a a pink ombré in the background). I am glad that I have this little puppy to keep me company during the day.
Well, thanks for dropping by! I appreciate each and every one of you!
And Happy Crafting Y’All!