Wednesday, August 18, 2010

what I am doing today...


Today...

I hope to perform a miracle...



using a little primer,

a little white paint,

a few snippets of chicken wire,

and bit of linen fabric...





I cannot believe someone took a gorgeous turn of the century oak china cabinet...

painted it an awful olive green...(trust me, it is so much worse in person!)

gave it an antique wash...

and then took out what was probably original old wavy glass...

to add green plastic to the doors and sides!!

Seriously??

Ooohhhh....the 1970s were a terrible time for home decor...I am so glad I was able to rescue this beauty at an auction this past weekend.

~ Just another day in the life of a girl that paints furniture ~

I can't wait to show you her transformation later this week!

Stay tuned!

50 comments:

  1. i cannot wait to see the reveal! it has so much character and charm just waiting for you to bring it out :)

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  2. The olive green is (eh...) o-kay. Certainly not the right color for this charming piece. And, PLASTIC???

    I can't wait to see what you do with this 'beauty'.

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  3. Oh Mary...your vision sounds wonderful! I'll be waiting for the big reveal!

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  4. What a find!! Please post the after pictures asap :) The plastic wavy doors are soooo.... charming :)

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  5. Ah, now this looks very interesting - can't wait to see the finished result.

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  6. What a beautiful piece minus the plastic door thingy!! I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

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  7. Can't wait to see the transformation!!!! It is going to be gorgeous! :)

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  8. I can't wait to see the magic you perform on that cabinet. I know it will look GREAT!

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  9. Mary,

    I LOVE the lines of this piece, what were they thinking... Happily you were there to rescue it, I can't wait to see the results!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  10. Ooh, chicken wire...can't wait to see how it turns out. : ) Carrie

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  11. Oh! This is the best piece of furniture yet! There definately would have been a bidding war if I was at the same auction - it's gorgeous, can't wait to see what you do with it. Hurry and give us pictures!
    Why on earth would anyone have put that ugly plastic in the doors?!?!
    Have a good one!
    Sarah

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  12. I can't wait to see the transformation!
    Michelle

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  13. Oh it's gorgeous, I can already invision it with your magic! Can't wait!
    XO
    Kristin

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  14. She will be gorgeous once you get done!!!
    Enjoy your day,
    Zuzu

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  15. I agree, it will be beautiful once you work your magic on it! Great plan.

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  16. I can already see the potential. I had some of that textured gold plastic that someone has covered two original 30's windows with. That was one of the first things to go when I moved in. What an ugly yellow cast of light came through it. What were those people thinking?

    -Danielle

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  17. I can't wait to see the transformation! It's a gorgeous cabinet and poor thing has had to look so drab for so long!
    Looking forward to checking out your Etsy shop and all the lovely treasures you'll have there. :)

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  18. You are so creative I know you will perform a miracle.

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  19. OHHH I
    CAN'T
    WAIT! HURRY! ;-)

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  20. Ooooh it is fabulous!!!!!! OK, not this way, I mean re-made!:))))
    Gorgeous find.
    Thanks for your more than nice comment today!
    Smiles,
    Monica.

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  21. i have a child's hutch in my house and it came complete with orange wazy looking plastic panels... they did not go at all! out they came. can't wait to see what you do with this cabinet- it is going to be so much prettier!

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  22. ~*~* I cant wait to see how you work your magic on this piece!! ~*~* Good luck! Im sure it will turn out beautiful!!~*~* Blessings, Rachel

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  23. Wow, what a piece!!! I actually like the olive color...but the 70's plastic?? Why did someone think that was a good look?? When I first looked at the photo, I thought it might be old tin... that would have been cool to paint!! I hope you will show us the completed project!!

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  24. I have come across lots of thar 70's glass stuff on hoosier doors, china cabinets like yours, doors on bookcases etc. I can't wait to see how you make this a gem.....

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  25. It doesn't surprise me that someone did it, but it does surprise me that someone has been living with it that way for 30+ years! :) Thank goodness you rescued it!

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  26. I can't wait to see the transformation! I agree with the 70's style...I found a neat old stool with a great base but it was covered in a gross green vinyl kind of stuff.Horrible..Thankfully, things can be fixed.

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  27. Oh it's going to be fabulous!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  28. Thank goodness you rescued that poor, pitiful beauty!

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  29. What a great piece. Glad you rescued it! Can't wait to see what you will do with it!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  30. Hi Mary,
    I can't believe somebody did that to what must have been a beautiful piece either! It had to have been during the 70s (LOL)!
    I love the lines of this armoire. I instantly thought of chickenwire, too. I can't wait to see your transformation. Wave that magic paint brush wand, girl!
    Have a great day,
    Hugs ~ Jo :)

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  31. ooooh I can't wait! That is very similar to what I've been looking for on Craigslist over here! Work your magic girl!

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  32. Love your vision and look forward to photos!

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  33. This piece has a lot of potential. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  34. mary, i can't wait to see what you do! i'm sure it'll be fantastic!! susan

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  35. she's got a great figure. she's just been stuck in a really bad dress for too long. I am sure she'll feel like Cinderella when you finish with her. Can't wit to see the big reveal!

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  36. Thanks so much for following me. I see you refinish furniture, too. This is a new found love/addiction for me. Stop by and say hello some time. Can't wait to see what you do with this piece.

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  37. What a beautiful line to that armoire!?!?! I know it's gonna be fab when you're done! :) Can't wait!

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  38. You have a great eye. This armoire definitely has wonderful bones. Looking forward to seeing it finished!

    xo
    Brooke

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  39. What do you mean about 70's decor? Plaid sofas and large industrial spool tables are coming back!;-) Can't wait to see your after photos.

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  40. I did the same thing this week! Thank goodness there are people like us that can see the hidden beauty in something so "70's" as this.

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  41. If anyone can save that olive green mess it's you. Can't wait to see the makeover!

    Happy weekend, jj

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  42. I just know your gonna make this piece amazing...everything you touch always turns out great. Hey...did you get me email?

    ~Dude

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  43. The 1970
    s were a terrible tme for home decor! UGH! We currently live in a 1972 modular. Oh boy.
    But, soon will be in our new little house. I can not wait to see how this turns out!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  44. One of your followers suggested that I come by here and see the furniture you make over and sell. I just did my first pieces to sell and am nervous that no one will want them!! I like what I have seen and am your newest follower!! I am going to take a look around now!

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  45. Oy!!!! Julia, from Hooked on Houses JUST did a post on this very sort of subject! And guess what else! That lovely plastic circlie stuff...graced a room divider my dad made for the ranch-style house where we lived when I was 0-7. He covered one entire wall of the dining room with gold-speckled 1'x1' mirrors too! I cannot wait to see what you do with that poor cabinet!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  46. Did you forget to show this project finished? I'm excited to see!

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