Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FINALLY! my cabinet is done...



Whew!!...when this past weekend came to an end, so did my 'show season' for the year. All I can say is...WHAT A YEAR it was!!

It was amazing...each and every show was a success because of you, my local Illinois friends. It was so fun to paint all that furniture, and see the faces and the families each piece went home with.

I cannot give you a THANK YOU big enough, really. You have no idea what it means to me to be fortunate enough to do this year after year. It is only because of you that this little adventure is a success, so from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

Now that the 'summer selling season' is past, I am taking a little time out for myself. Yes, I will be selling online very soon...so stay tuned for that...but I need a little time to breathe.

Gone are the 16-hour work days so I can meet delivery deadlines. Gone are the days of spending 3 days a week checking out every sale, auction and thrift shop I can find just to have enough furniture to offer my customers. 

* sigh *

I never know what to do with myself that first week or so when I find myself so...free. But, I have a long list of things to get done for myself, and I am soooo excited! I am going room by room and checking each task off my list.

First up?? My bedroom cabinet re-do.

Anyone remember a couple of months back when I acquired this cabinet??


It needed help. It was a terrible 1970s shade of olive green...and antiqued. Normally, I would love a treatment with green paint and a little antiquing...but you would just have to see this one in person.

Bad. Very bad, my friends.

And someone took out the original glass only to replace it with...

green. plastic.

What the heck??

*sigh*

The 1970s was a painful era in decor.

But thank goodness the original mirror was intact, because I love a mirror with a little wear to it.


 I shined her up with a little fresh white paint, distressed the edges just how I like 'em and gave her doors new life with a little chicken wire and a linen curtain.


In one giant leap she went from 1970 to 2010.
I love her.

Oh, and I apologize for my photos not being the best. I suffer from a severe case of "No Patience" syndrome. My sweet hubs tore cartilage in his shoulder at work last week, so I lost my furniture-moving partner. The patio was as far as I could drag it out of the garage by myself, and of course I couldn't wait for help...I needed the pics NOW so I could drag her into the bedroom and fill 'er up!

I proimise *pretty* photos when my bedroom makeover is complete!




I can't wait to move her into my boudoir today. She is going to be filled with fluffy white towels, extra sheets and pillows and old quilts outside our master bath.


Project #1 checked of the list.

Next up??

My guest bedroom needs a new look, so I am off to dream up a new design!

Happy Wednesday, my friends!




76 comments:

  1. "her" is very very pretty ...
    "her" fits right into your urban farmgirl farmhouse!

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  2. Look at that! Wow! What a beautiful unique piece. I didn't see the mirror in their at first but isn't that so fun and whimsical. It turned out lovely Mary. Like you said - I bet you cannot wait to get it filled up!

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  3. that is gorgeous mary. doesn't even look like the same cabinet. i love it. have fun redoing the guest bedroom.

    i am the same way. no patience. and i think i can do it all myself.

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  4. She's a beauty now! When I was a kid growing up in the 70's we had that plastic circle pattern on our front door, so that certainly brings back some memories. There was a short time in the 90's where the 70's decor had a quick resurge. Fiona Apple had lots of items in her videos. Shag carpet, and furniture such as your armoire. That 70's show was such a hit too, a lot of younger people liked the decor for their rooms etc. I have a great fondness for the 70's but......not the decor. I'm a total cottage girl. You did a fantastic job. I love it's new look.

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  5. Oh lordy that green plastic was ...hmmm...?
    sick.
    Haha!!! Well all is well now!! WE ALL WANT THIS PIECE>..hope everyone doesn't mind me saying so.
    Wonderful.

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  6. I love it!!! That circle pattern was so popular in the 70's. Not sure what was wrong with us. I wonder if we will look back 30 years from now and wonder what we were thinking with the shabby chic look???? I will defend it!

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  7. It's beautiful! I'm always amazed at what beautiful furniture I see people find at the thrift store, side of the road...I need to move because we just don't have that here.
    I can't wait to see what you dream up for your bedroom! This cabinet is going to be the show stopper in your room though. :)
    Glad you have some time to relax...make sure you do just that!
    sarah

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  8. She is fabulous! I was wondering what you were going to replace that 70s stuff with. It's perfect!

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  9. That turned out beautiful!! I love everything about it! I can't wait to see your bedroom!
    I am so glad that you had a successful summer and now you deserve some "me" time!

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  10. I saw a coordinating china cabinet at a local used furniture store recently for about $90. I loved the look and feel, (and even the green glass!) But had no idea what to even do with it, and knew the glass wouldnt jive with the rest of my decor! It turned out awesome! You did a great job!!

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  11. Oh Mary...how absolutely beautiful!! Can't wait to see your next project!!

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  12. Oh wow I love everything about this cabinet. Love the wire and fabric panel. It is beautiful.

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  13. When I first moved into my home two of the front windows in the living room had that same awful amber hued plastic panels covering the windows. I couldn't believe someone would do that and here I see that someone did do that to your cabinet. It looks so much better now.

    -Danielle

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  14. Hi Mary,
    You did a fantastic job on your cabinet!! I am so envious, that piece is going to look amazing with treasures all stacked up in it!
    Beautiful job!
    Have a great day!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  15. Gawgeous Mary....how sweet it will be filled up with towels and such. I love that you kept the mirror (of course!). I am envisioning the top shelf as a sweet mini vanity. Love it!
    Take your well deserved break :) Cant wait for the online shop!
    XOX

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  16. I jist LOVE what you did to it! Now I want one ;-)

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  17. well my goodness
    i LOVE her too!!
    bravo!!

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  18. Oh Yes

    love the new look for the cabinet

    Janice

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  19. hi mary! i think that looks fantastic, and would even ask how much if you weren't putting that in your home!

    i'm redoing my bedroom and the girl's bedroom after the sale........and will be looking for ideas for sure!!

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  20. Looks great! I've been waiting for this reveal!

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  21. Looks fantastic, I love the linen and can't wait to see it all packed with goodies!! enjoy your time off~ xo

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  22. I love this! It looks like it was a fun project.

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  23. GORGEOUS!! I love furniture that uses chicken wire and the fabric panels behind it are genius. A very lovely piece!!

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  24. You are so talented! What a gorgeous piece now! I've been using chicken wire lately, we're getting ready for chickens. But it is so lovely on this furniture. What a great find. Can't wait to see it inside and full of good stuff...
    Blessings,
    Becky C

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  25. What a fabulous transformation! No wonder you wnat to get it into your bedroom right away :o)
    Well done!

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  26. oh.my...i *love* her! you have an amazing eye...if there was ever a chance i came across something with green glass i would have walked right on by...
    can't wait to see her stuffed full!!

    hugs..
    kristin

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  27. So charming with the cute curtains and the wire!!

    Helle:))

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  28. it looks beautiful! that cabinet was such agreat find and you saved it from wearing an embarassing outifit to the party!

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  29. I had her pictured with chicken wire also. Very pretty!!

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  30. Aaaaaahhhh!!!! I LOOOOOve it Mary! Incredible makeover & I love the chicken wire in it.. it looks very modern country to me. I'm so glad to hear you finally have sometime to wind down & kick back. It was nice to see you, as always. :) You know I would soooo love to buy some of your pieces.. but my stubborn, cheap-o hubby (ooh did I just right that? I mean budget-minded) won't dish. I literally have a small flea marketing budget each time I go. Somehow I didn't get your e-mail.. I think you have to retype out my e-mail addy to get it through (link doesn't work) - I would love to hear your link/advice on which poly. top coat to use. Have a great day & enjoy your new piece.. your plans for it sound so wonderful! Have a great week!
    Hug -- Lara

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  31. Love the transformation! I too have a long list that I am slowly working through... looking forward to seeing more...take care, maryann

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  32. What a fantastic useful cabinet! Lots of storage, and great lines. You did such a great job with it! Your newest follower, Heidi

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  33. OH MY GOSH I can't believe the transformation! I love her to! Make me one! Make me one! Have a wonderful day girl! Lulu

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  34. Such a lovely transformation! The chicken wire with the linen curtains...sigh. It's perfect!

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  35. Great idea! I hope I can find something to transform. Reading your blog makes me want to try a project. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  36. OMG- I love it! That is all I can say. I think I now have some inspiration for one of my ugly old cabinets.

    Katie

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  37. LOVE her!!! WOW..speechless... ;)Rachel

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  38. love it! It is going to be so perfect with extra towels and quilts!

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  39. Just love what you did with that cabinet!
    You saved her!!! LOL!!! That green plastic was awful...geez!
    Great job!
    Tammy :-)

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  40. Mary ~ sharing this beautiful creation on my little blog today. Hope you don't mind!

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  41. Oooooh, chicken wire + linen + white = perfect.

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  42. You are so talented! It looks great. Are you going to keep it? I am going to try to make it to one of your shows next year. I am here in St. Charles Missouri doing a similar job as you ...way smaller scale but you are my inspiration!!

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  43. Oooooooh! Now that is one sweet makeover!! I love the chicken wire and fabric in the doors....much better than the ugly 70's plastic!!

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  44. Oh My, what a beauty. I adore chicken wire, and linen. That will be such a useful piece. Great before and after. Take Care, Carrie

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  45. Girl, you are amazing!! I love this SOOOOO Much!!!

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  46. Just found your blog through Kacey at a Life of Blue. I love this little cabinet! So adorable. I saw a cabinet the other day at Goodwill, passed it by, thought of putting chicken wire in the doors that night, went back the next day, and it was GONE! SO sad. Yours turned out so beautifully!! Please stop by and check out our blog at twicelovely.blogspot.com!

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  47. Just beautiful, I'm inspired! Thankyou . . . I really love the chicken wire!

    Mary

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  48. What a transformation! What a fantastic job you did!!

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  49. From dowdy to delish...wonderful!

    Jan

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  50. Oh My Goodness Girl! I stumbled onto your blog and saw your green 70's cabinet and you had my curiousity! It turned out so stinkin' cute! I love it! Any when I heard Soul Sister playing...well, I just had to become a follower!

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  51. Oh my! What a transformation. I love the chicken wire :)

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  52. Fabulous transformation! Love the drapery and the mirror is perfect! So is the color you chose. Wonderful!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  53. First, hope the
    hubs is recuperating ~
    ouch!! Next: That
    sweet cupboard re-do ~
    amazing and beautiful!
    Just like her owner : )
    Glad you are getting
    some rest....although
    sounds like a big project,
    to me! Hope you are
    enjoying your week, Mary!
    xx Suzanne

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  54. Mary you are amazing, I love it, it's just beautiful! Your painting is amazing! Can't wait to see all your pretty goodies in it! Enjoy the weekend! Susan

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  55. Great job Mary. How in the world do you get your chicken wire to look that flat?? I just did a project and it's all wonky!!

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  56. just beautiful.
    you did such a wonderful job!!

    can't wait to see your bedroom makeover!

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  57. She looks great!!!! Just beautiful...I bet she will be amazing with what she is filled with...and I could never do green either

    so glad you finally have time for your own makeovers:)
    xo

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  58. Totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!! It is so perfect ~ I love it!!

    xo,
    Shellagh

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  59. Drooling! Goodbye 70's....hello gorgeous!

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  60. Mary - you are SO right about the '70s being a terrible era for decor. Fashion rocked (I still love my bell bottoms and flip flops!), but decor....not so much. You breathed new life into this girl and turned her into a princess! Great job! Love that chicken wire! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  61. This turned out amazing. I'm really not sure what people were thinking back in the 60's and 70's....

    Chris

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  62. wow that green plastic really was horrible! what an amazing transformation - I've got the perfect spot for that cabinet! ; )

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  63. Fabulous transformation, Mary!! I knew you would do something special with it!! What a beautiful linen closet that is going to be... lucky you!! :)
    Happy Friday!
    Hugs ~ Jo

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  64. That is so pretty! I have to wonder how you attached the curtains?

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  65. Mary, this piece looks amazing. I love the lines and the colors you choose, beautiful! You've inspired me, now all I need to do is find a piece of furniture...

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  66. So awesome. Really great. I need a smaller version for my bathroom.

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  67. This is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with it. Thanks for sharing the redo.

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  68. AMAZING! Great job. DIYs like that are such a task, everyone seems to have more patiense than I do for them.

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  69. Chicken wire never looked so good! What an unusual and fun piece! Love it!

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  70. This is so pretty. Love the transforation! Excellent job

    Kim

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  71. That cabinet was so strange! The glass didn't make sense in that beautiful shape. You truly made it look just like it always should've been.

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