Wednesday, March 17, 2010

progress...


Ok, ok...I know I keep going on...and on...and on...about that slightly-oversized Opera House cabinet I have been working on for my living room, so thought I would give you a little sneak-peek.

It is in the home-stretch...I have to do a little distressing...install new glass shelving...and put the sliding glass doors on the front. But I could not wait to show you a little peek.


I am soooo happy I decided to leave the areas that were raw pine natural!

 It is such a beautiful contrast to my white ironstone collection that will be on display inside.

I am in love with that bowl in the center. I have never...ever...seen another one like it. It is a rather large size and has a metal rim...so cool! Anyone out there know what it was for? Maybe it had a lid??


I am not sure about the handles...I left them in their original state for now. They look black in the photos, but they are old, and solid brass, so have a great dark brownish-bronze patina to them. I may keep them this way, we'll see.


The inside of the cabinet has a little writing here and there. No idea why...but I love it. I could never paint over it.


Now, did I happen to mention that my beloved cabinet seems a bit too large for my room??

Yeah. Just a little snag in my plan.

It is just so massive, it makes everything else look a little small. I had a feeling that would happen when I bought it, but had to take the chance anyway. My room is 33ftx16 ft...so rather bowling-alley-ish. The scale of the cabinet really needs a much larger room...but it is what it is.

And I love it. So it is staying.

For now.


I'm off for another day with the paintbrush. I have a coffee table, 3-drawer bombay chest and a full-length mirror to get done today.

This is a piece I delivered yesterday. Let me tell you, there is nothing like a girly white dresser to make a little girl soooo happy!


 Oh, and Happy St. Patty's Day, girls!

32 comments:

  1. OK that cabinet is fabulous! I love the hardware as is - and the writing in it - I'm just like you - never paint over that stuff! My Mom is going to adore your ironstone collection - she has her own - the bowl with the metal - very cool as well - love it all!

    That dresser make-over is also fabulous - I bet that little girl melted over it!

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  2. Well that was a tease! :) I can hardly wait to see it - big or not, it would stay with me forever. Just imagine all the things you can do with for the holidays and seasons.
    Beautiful job on the dresser!
    :) Sarah

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  3. Can't wait to see the finished product! Love the dresser too!

    Jody

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  4. I've been waiting to see the cabinet! From what I can see now, I am going to love it! :) The ironstone is beautiful, too. The piece with the metal rim looks like it used to have a cover. I've not seen one before either!

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  5. It is looking fabulous so far!!! I hope you find just the right spot for it! You are a hard working girl.....the dresser looks totally adorable & I would be tickled to have it delivered here! ;) I'm just saying...

    Shellagh

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  6. Mary.......everything looks great - i can tell you pay great attention to your detail in painting....

    I do want to let you know about the sale here on the farm - there's a link under my header on the blog - I would love to meet you and have you sell here someday!

    Hope to see you.....

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  7. That collection of ironstone peeking out is fantastic. It looks great...

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  8. Oh everything looks so fantastic!!! I love your cabinet!!! It's gorgeous! Hugs Yvonne

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  9. I love that sneak peak! It looks gorgeous! Love love it..sorry it is a little big..but, so worth it..~lulu

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  10. The cabinet looks amazing...love that you kept the inside natural...and I really like how the aged handles look too.

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  11. The cabinet is beautiful I can't wait to see it all! I love the handles on the white, you have been very busy :)

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  12. I am in love with your cupboard. It is simply beautiful. Happy Patties day to you too!

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  13. eek love the cupboard & the dresser!!
    Liken the hardware too.

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  14. The cupboard and the dresser are fabulous!

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  15. Ekkk that cabinet is fabulous and who cares that it is too big for your room....makes a statement right? :) I cannnot wait to see it, and all of that ironstone, swooning over here! Hope you get all your work done...and please move to cali I would love to be your neighbor! :)

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  16. Mary ~ I love your sneak peak...I love when you show your work...it looks gorgeous and that bowl you are right...so beautiful...I love the cabinet....

    and that dresser...oh how I wish I lived a hop, skip, and a jump away from you...because I will soon be searching for a dresser for my little one...maybe I can convince my hubby to take a road trip:)

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  17. Your new cabinet is beautiful! And I agree that the contrast between the white paint and natural wood is perfect! I cant wait to have a house of my own so I have room for large items like this!

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  18. That cabinet is beautiful...no wonder you keep going on and on;) Happy St. Patty's day to ya!

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  19. I vote to leave the hardware as is...and I am loving the natural part too...you do such great work :)

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  20. Mary,

    Oh my goodness, you are a girl after my own heart! LOVE the hardware (I want the same look for my white kitchen cabinets). Your painted pieces are just beautiful. The cabinet and your ironstone collection is just wonderfull, can't wait to see it all put together!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  21. Bravo`Bravo! You have Simply outdone yourself.It is one Amazing piece you have there.I also have a love for ironstone.~Kim

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  22. Just found you via Life in the Fun Lane...

    Love your work! The cabinet looks amazing and the dresser is just lovely. Can't wait to see more!

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  23. oh leave the handles, I love them they really make a great finish to the whole cabinet.
    alicia

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  24. wow! that girly little dresser is fantastic!
    and the writing on the cabinet...it´s fab when you find historical pieces like that.
    like your the work your hands do..
    //Kristiina

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  25. Hi Mary! I absolutely love what you have done with your cabinet. The combo of white, wood and old hardware is perfect. Gorgeous. And, I have to say after reading this, I ran out to my front room and measured .... 12x29, and bowling alley is the perfect description! I've never known what exactly to do with it - such an odd shape, but at least now I know I'm not alone in my long skinny roomness.

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  26. Mmmm....pretty!!! I'm casting another vote that the cool bowl had a lid and for keeping the delicious hardware...as is!

    So, do you just stand/sit there and stare at your swell cabinet's yummy goodness?

    : )

    Julie M.

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  27. I want that metal rimmed bowl! WAAAA! Love the cabinet! It is going to be great with ironstone... can't wait for a full picture!! Hurry please :)

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  28. I love this piece and the contents! I have seen alot of new ironstone bowls, pitchers, and platters with the silver bottom and top rims. Could this be a new piece? Gayle

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  29. Hi Gayle...no it is not a new piece...it is actually quite old. I was lucky enough to acquire over 50 pieces from an estate sale. The woman moved here from England when she was married in the 1930s and had all the pieces shipped. So I know this one is not new. The marking on the bottom matches some of the other antique pieces I have. It is my favorite piece! ~mary~

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  30. GASP!
    So glad I'm back, or I would have missed this post. LOVE the ironstone, and that bowl... how interesting!
    Swoon!
    ~Amy

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  31. I am in love with that piece! It reminds me of one I had years ago,and sold to a man because I thought I would never find a place for it.. I kick myself every day! I love the contrast of the white against the pine and the knobs are perfect! Bea-u-ti-ful!!!

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