I just delivered (rather, my incredibly awesome parents delivered for me) the biggest piece I've done, to date.
This piece found me. She yelled right at me from the parking lot at my favorite local non-profit thrift store.
No one else was even looking at her.
But I knew the minute I laid eyes on her, that she was coming home with me (saggy cardboard, spiders and all...)
She's no lightweight.
She boasted great storage, and with those detailed cabinet fronts, was just screaming (as Nicole, the heroine of HGTV's Rehab Addict puts it), "Make me pretty!"
My Dad helped me haul her into the house and reinforce her structure a little.
Dad, you rock, as usual.
Then she was all mine.
I put her on Facebook, and immediately got snatched up by a friend with bold taste, who was willing to take a risk and have me do this for her long distance. She never saw it in person until it was delivered to her front door. Is that a leap of faith, or what?!
This piece got two coats of primer, about 3 coats of paint (some places needed more touch-up, as getting paint in ALL those little curves, nooks, and crannies, took some time and patience) and Polycrylic to keep her looking great for years to come.
Here's what I love most about this piece:
I never would have chosen the colors the owner chose. Just would not have happened. The color - bold, bright, beautiful - made this dumpy relic into a Grande Dame.
She looks regal in her blue-purple*. The owner also wanted paper lining the inside, and she chose sheets of peacock feathers. Amazing.
There was a lesson for me at the end of the process. I couldn't have been more pleased with how the piece turned out. And it is what it is now, because the owner did something out of the ordinary. She took a chance - and made me take a chance. A major step out of my comfort zone. And it resulted in a broader horizon for me. So, thank you, Liz! I envision many wonderful cocktail parties, and dinners with friends going on with this piece in the room. And I hope it makes you smile each time you look at it. I know I did.
Here's the materials I used:
Primer - Zinsser Bulls Eye Water-Base Primer & Sealer
*Paint - Crushed Velvet in flat finish by Olympic at Lowe's (this color is reading as way more purple in these pics. It is more blue in person.)
Top coat - Polycrylic Satin finish by Minwax
Hardware - sprayed with flat black then finished with Valspar silver spray paint, also at Lowe's (also coated with Polycrylic for durability)
Paper - Recollections scrapbook paper, called Peacock Feathers, sold by the sheet at Michael's
So the next time you're out thrifting or yard saling, and a big old honkin' piece yells at you, LISTEN! And try something bold and different.
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