The jury is in…the Themed Furniture Makeover Day has become one of my favorite days of the month. Can you blame me? What better than to get down and dirty with furniture AND do it alongside these fantastic ladies who have the same passion. It’s WIN-WIN! Today it’s all about being “Distressed” – the furniture that is.
About a year and a half ago, I was driving home down our street and noticed what appeared to be a teeny tiny garage sale on the corner. It basically was a few pieces of furniture and, of course, that caught my eye. With kids in tow, I pulled over and got out to take a quick peek.
As it turns out, a young man had recently purchase the house and was decluttering some gorgeous antiques. My eyes first went to this ragged looking sideboard. Price tag: $15
Oodles of damage, door beaten in and missing all sorts of stuff, but in otherwise structurally good standing. Cha-Ching!
It wasn’t until a couple of months ago I was able to give it its rightful makeover. Using my Modern Masters English Brown Metallic Paint and a whole lot of TLC it was given new life. Much better, right?
At second glance I saw this sweet little forlorn stereo cabinet resting on those sweet spindle legs. Price tag: $5
Damaged veneer, busted off back, missing pull, but also structurally sound. Cha-Ching!
It even has the original label on back.
Since this piece was unique, I didn’t want to just do a standard makeover. No, it needed to be sweet. I had sooo many ideas for this empty carcass. One thought was to turn it into a doll house. Another idea was a little girls wardrobe. The one thought that stuck to me best was a sewing cabinet. A place to store all the essential notions, bits and baubles a seamstress needs. My mind was made up.
All this little antique needed was some TLC. After doing a bit of veneer removing using my towel method, the cabinet was ready for its colorful coat.
The doors had some missing trim, and I found the perfect piece in my stash to replace it. The front bottom had a rather large gap, and again my stash came through for me and I was able to add trim to complete the finishing touches.
Now for the color. Thumbing through a recent magazine, I saw a little side table on the cover in a perfectly chippy state. That green drew my eye in and I knew my little cabinet would look perfect in that spring-like shade. It’s called “Lucky Lime” by Glidden…isn’t that the most perfect color name for this piece?
Don’t you just love that soft color?
At another local garage sale I found three rolls of lovely floral wallpaper for 50 cents a roll. (did I ever mention I love garage sales?) Perfect for making an eye-popping interior.
Now my heart starts to get excited on how it all is coming together. A little white glazing, some accented pinks, and that wallpaper. Any good seamstress has oodles of thread and essentials for sewing, so what better than a built-in thread rack?
Some simple dowel and peg board added to the inside of the doors, creates versatile storage space, perfect for all sorts of sewing candy.
I’ve thought of using old entertainment centers to create a larger sewing storage piece, and if you want to do it too, it’s very simple. I just made sure to cut my dowels on a simple mitre box using a 22.5 degree angle since my rack was going to be swung in and out – otherwise the spools fly off every time you open it.
It’s certainly a keeper, but since I’m already got a different vibe going on in my industrial style sewing storage, this sweet piece has sold from my shop. There was a tug on my heart when it sold, but it was sweet while it lasted.
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Ooh…I have to add that a few months after scoring those two pieces, the same house had this dresser sitting curbside with a “FREE” sign on it. Yup. You can read the story here…it’s a good one!
Now since my piece was not the only one that got “Distressed”. I invite you to check out the other fantastic work of the ladies joining me this makeover day.