Tuesday, March 2, 2010

house tour /linen cupboard

in my last post on the house tour, i promised a special on this
linen cupboard...
it was designed before my picture-taking, pre-blog days...
in fact, i didn't even know there was such a thing as a blog! 
  this idea came from a picture out of an old Victoria magazine
and i placed it in my dream file.
back then i had too many awake hours through the night,
and it was during that time i remembered this
rickety-paintless-without-a-back-found-at-a-yard-sale bookshelf,
sitting beside my computer, where i stashed my stuff.
it was an 'oo-la!' moment with 'oo-la!' results...
 i have an enormous reward for a piece of work created by me...
and i'm pretty brazen about getting credit 
it really was a fun piece to do!

i went on a hunt for the supplies i needed...
a 'door' which in it's first life belonged to a corner cupboard,
found at a local antique store.
i bought some used door trim at another local shop
where an elderly couple are collectors of all thing old and recyclable
(is this even a word? describes them very well!).
really, if you visit this area,
they are a 'must-see' shop and are delightful people to meet!
i bought the beadboard and ornamental moulding...
and started my transformation!

i cut out half-moons for the feet with a jig saw,
using a plate for the pattern...
 scraped off the loose/flacky old paint on the trim
 and sized it to fit the opening.
behind the bottom panel is another shelf,
but i couldn't find a door for that length, 
so i improvised which is where the ornamental trim idea came from.
i took the door knob off of another cupboard to use on this one...
and hung this pincushion on it.
the pins are from the weddings of our children...
reminiscent perfection!

inside top shelf...
bits and pieces of a thrifting collection.

the top of the cupboard, french-themed...
and a close-up look...
...of the finished project.

the next time you see a hopeless-looking piece,
let your imagination go wild!



(i'm linking this to Made it Without my Hubby Monday)
and Funky Junk most favorite ever project


Room to Inspire said...

What a beautiful piece! I love that you used salvaged materials - it is wonderful.


frugal farmhouse design said...

Wow! the cabinet is wonderful. I love how you accessorized it. The photo looks like it belongs in Victoria magazine. All the best, Lori

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I just love that linen cabinet! How gorgeous. Make me one, ok? :)

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

i cannot believe that yuo did all of this work. boy the end result was worth it! so beautiful!

Suzan said...

Wow! Great cabinet from bits and pieces. You did an amazing job!

Donna said...

I really love your cabinet! How cool that you made it out of found objects! The wood applique is perfect, the icing on the cake! And your vignettes are gorgeous! Saw you over at SNS :)

junkermidge said...

You did an amazing job! It's gorgeous! And I love the way you've accessorized it, too.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

What a terrific job you did, Esther! It's so fun to take difference pieces and put them together to create one beautiful piece. Well done!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Post a Comment

I love hearing from you - thank you for taking the time to do so!