Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A before and After, but not together...

I am VERY excited to join the ranks of all your lucky ladies who have found treasures in the trash! Yesterday I had to stop at my storage unit and as I drove into the lot I saw something poking out of the dumpster...
Sean took a closer look and retreived this old chair!

The crazy part is that my sister and I nearly dragged home the IDENTICAL chair from a garage sale last week but just couldn't justify paying $35 for a chair we truly didn't need. Before that I had never seen a chair like this and now I have one hanging out in my storage unit! Since this is totally out of my league I think this restoration will be a project for my professional upholsterer... someday when I have a need for a giant old chair.
And because I often forget to shoot befores I don't have one for this cabinet. But it really wasn't too bad. Just an ugly stain made it feel dated.


If you are on my mailing list and wonder why you haven't seen this one yet, it is because I had 2 clients both speak for it while it was unpainted. I *think* it probably has a home already but if anything changes I will definitely update the mailing list to inform you.

My favorite part was that between the glass doors there was this wire mesh screen. I removed the glass and just left the wire for a french feel.

It was painted all white, then I hand painted various details with a light grey and went over the whole piece with a grey glaze to make it feel well loved. I PROMISE these techniques will be in the e-book that will hopefully be coming in August~

Au revoir mon Cheres!

26 comments:

christine said...

that is some beautiful, beautiful garbage.

Revamped French Maison said...

Holly this piece is truly my favorite out of all the ones I've seen. So gorgeous!

Blessings,
Shanna

Chasey said...

I love your chair!! More than the chair I love the price!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Yay! It's August... where's the book? Kidding, take your sweet time. I love that chair. For something that came out a dumpster it sure does look comfy & cozy. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

K~ said...

Oooh how I love that cabinet! That one and the teal one you did are 2 of my faves.

Miss DeltaG said...

the chair is fabulous!!!
ciao,
E.

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Monique @ Life and Renos said...

I love that cabinet! Another work of art!

MommaHensCoop said...

That looks an awful lot like my couch "before photo" It would lookk soooo pretty recovered!

Miss Money said...

Beautiful! You make me want to redo a china cabinet! I found one at an antique mall for cheap. The only thing that stopped me is my car is too little..oh & I don't NEED anymore projects! Hope you're having a good day!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

that chair is cool!! and the cabinet is gorgeous oh but of course!!

I cant wait until I can say "My clients"

Someone bought that table and will be coming to get it Saturday!!

Kacey said...

Oh! SO pretty! I'm just dying over those details. The white and gray pieces always get me, and this one is no exception. I can see why it was snapped up right away!

And that chair - awesome find!

heathbar1422 said...

How can I get on that mailing list of yours? I love your work! You are a true inspiration!

Mommy of Two 24/7 said...

Love the cabinet! Sooooo beautiful! :)

Wish I could find some "garbage" by my storage unit like that! ;) I have the perfect place for it too!

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Love the chair... but ADORE the china hutch!! That gray glaze is to die for, and the mesh on the doors?? To die for! Fantastic job!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Can't help but notice that fabulous chandelier - absolutely gorgeous!!!

too Blessed to Stress said...

Love the detail on the cabinite. so sweet!

~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Between Blue and Yellow said...

That cabinet is AMAZING! Great job!

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous Holly! No wonder it's already spoken for! I love the crisscrossed wire:)
And that chair is SO cool! I can't wait to see the transformation on that one!

Amanda said...

these cabinets you do blow me away. and the wire screens on this one make me swoon. :) stunning.

that chair is going to look amazing... one day. ;) lucky.

helle - pirettehuset.dk said...

Good idea to take out the glass! You did a nice job on this cabinet!!

Helle:))

Tomas and Jones said...

Oh wow! Looks like the trash fairies have well & truly rewarded you! That chair is amazing!! And the cabinet is exquisite! Beautiful job :D

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I think this is one of my favorite pieces. Its beautiful!
What a cool chair you found, it could be really fabulous. Yippie for free.

Jen said...

Great find with the chair, just be careful of bedbugs. They love fabric and warm places. Since you found it in the garbage make sure its fumigated before you bring it into your home. Those buggers are a PAIN to get rid of!

Again, what a cool find!

Maureen said...

I love this piece!! Can you tell me the name of the grey glaze you used? Also, I'm not familiar with mistints, do you usually aim for true white color paints as opposed to off white or creams? Love your work!

Maureen

myflarelady said...

great job on the dumpster diving!! I am one of the ladies that has found an awesome piece of trash and recovered it myself. My chair is VERY similar to the one you found....check it out on my site. I tackled it with the help of my brother and some wonderful blogger tutorials...you can do it!!!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Would you mind sharing the gray glaze you used? Brand name?
Thanks!

 
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