Saturday, August 22, 2009

REALLY tacky cabinet

I took a bit of a risk on this one. The ad said "intricate old armoire", no picture. But the price was right, so Sean picked it up on his way home from work a few weeks ago calling me on the way to say I would LOVE it. Right he was!

Yes, there was plenty of the usual ugliness: bad hardware, too much details on the doors, hideous stain... but it also had cute doors and a good shape.


So I chipped off a few things I thought were "over the top". When I chip things off, I don't know why but I sometimes keep them. Like the crazy curly-cues on this dining room cabinet:



But in this case it served me well! Because after all was done I thought the top drawer was just a little too plain, so I added one of the old curly-cues and painted it up.

(the wall paper behind the cabinet is left over from a BIG project I have been working on for weeks now, and can't wait to share)


I really picture this piece in a little girls bedroom for some reason, hence the styling, but it would be perfect for any bedroom corner, or even a kitchen.

36 comments:

Rachel said...

Super cute! I love your floors by the way.

Justine Frood said...

Beautiful!! I would love to know where you found that wallpaper? =)

Jess said...

Holly---come to Texas! :0) That would look GREAT in more than a few rooms in my home...

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

That's not just a makeover, that's a miracle.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

You've done it again! This is fabulous!!

Amy

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Oh my gosh, it's absolutely beautiful!! It's so unreal to know that it's the same piece in both pictures. WOW! It's awesome.

Rebecca said...

You are brave to pick something up site unseen! I love it, it came out great.

Suzy said...

Amazing job! The wall paper is very pretty, cant wait to see your other project!

Lynett said...

You did it again! Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you're up to with that wallpaper.

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Wow! That turned out great!I like the 3-tiered thingamabob next to it too!

Gwen said...

You always have such a good eye for pieces that your can turn around.

windhula said...

BRAVO! You have totally inspired me to paint my old ugly dresser instead of get rid of it. Looks fabulous...however, the drawers now stick when I try to pull them out. I have to give them a big tug to pop them out. Do you ever have the problem? If so, what do you do to fix it?

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This has GOT to be the ultimate ugly duckling story of all time!

Amazing. And WELL DONE!!

Donna

MrsKBJ said...

Beautiful work!!

wldgrneyes59 said...

Kudos Holly....you've done it again! Your ability to tranform a piece of furniture is amazing. You've inspired me!

Better After said...

Just found you blog today. Love it! I would love to feature some of your projects on my blog!

Better After said...

Just found you blog today. Love it! I would love to feature some of your projects on my blog!

Holly and Sean said...

Thanks so much everyone!!!

I would love to come to texas Jess ;) we'd have a blast~

As for sticky drawers, it really depends on what type of drawer it is. Some just sit on wood slats and some are on a track. If it is just on wood slats I would recommend sanding the bottom of the drawer with fine grit sand paper to make it smoother. If it is on a track you make have to buy new hardware if the track is bent or warped.
Good luck!

Holly and Sean said...

Ooops, forgot to answer about the wall paper. Can you believe that is from Home Depot??? Yeah, I was shocked too! It took me 3 different stores to track it down, but a few locations have specialty design wall paper so check your local stores, it was only $38 per roll!

Sarah said...

really really gorgeous!

Dawn said...

Wow! Seriously, I was wondering what you could possibly do to make that thing look OK. Wow!
I just love your transformations and yes, it's very inspiring. I just don't have the time or the space, or the babysitter!! Might have to order something up from you sometime.

Rebecca said...

You never seize to amaze me! I wish I could visualize things like you do!!!

Miss HoneyDew said...

GIRL! You never cease to amaze me! That doesn't even look anything like the original piece!

bagfashionista said...

thank you holly - THAT's the wallpaper i've had in my mind the whole time and was wondering if it even existed!

hopefully our HD will carry it

Vintage Amethyst said...

Aaahhh it is so lovely.
love
Alison
x

Little Lovables said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Oh, and I love your bird metal tiered thing too.

Love it, Love them... did I say I love it yet?

14footceilings said...

It's amazing what paint can do!

Mrs. McB said...

I really love this one! I think it is fabulous and perfect for a little girl's room.

Kristin said...

definitely cute for a girl's bedroom. i totally see that!

hopeful #1 said...

Super cute! Love the added detail on the drawer and it was nothing you had to purchase in addition to the piece! I love it!

Great work!

Meredith said...

It's beautiful Holly! You have totally found your niche!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Absolutely Amazing! That is one of the best transformations I have ever seen!!! Great Job!

MMM said...

Another F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S transformation piece! WOW!!! :)

Jaime said...

OK...I want that one for the office too! Love it!

bethierose said...

i actually dreamed about this armoire the other night right after reading your blog for the first time.. inspiring!

Sarah said...

So, what do you do with the insides of these formerly hideous pieces? Are they painted white as well?
Quite a transformation- great job!

 
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