I finally finished the cupboard. Well 95% of it anyway. I still need to finish the drawers and doors and 2 shelves. The drawers need some work so my Brother is going to fix them for me. I did some repairs on this piece though- like on the right side of the hutch where the bottom of the spindle connects to the back- I had to drill out the old wooden dowels and re-dowel it and glue it. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from taking a piece that others deem "garbage" and restoring it to glory.
I love to refinish things in a Shabby Chic Style, using white or other layers of colors, so that when you sand and distress it, the colors are reveled underneath.
The trick is to wax it with several coats of furniture wax with pigment which gives it a deep glow and changes the color a bit, bringing it down a notch.
The wax fills the knicks and crannies and gives the appearance of age also.
My Brother is a Pro at using nails and awls to create worm wood- and hitting the furniture with chains or hammers to age it. I didn't do that to this piece as it was pine and very soft and has enough age to it already! I chose to do it in black because I have several pictures on the other wall in black distressed frames and it looks good with the blue. The other furniture in the house is light whitewashed pine or shabby chic whites and greens so this room is more masculine.
Fred has a collection of The Platoon figures and some Army paraphernalia that I affectionately call his "Wartime Museum". They have been in storage since we exchanged the old fashioned TV Entertainment center for the big flat screen and lost some display space. It almost hurts my heart to let him use the cupboard for his GI Joe's but, it isn't fair to dominate all the cupboards, is it? I might get out my X Files Ken & Barbie and my Star Trek Ken & Barbie for they have always been in the closet and never out on display. Johnny Depp is one of the Platoon figures, so that's a plus.
I do know that at Halloween I am clearing it all and digging out the Spooky and Sinister. I am plotting some mischief now with a few things that I can hopefully do tutorials here for you.
I am still spread pretty thin on WIP's and am trying to finish up. It seems like that's all I've been working on.
I had to drive to Bradenton on Friday to deliver a piece of pottery I sold on eBay and stopped at a quilt shop on the way home.
I bought some Moda Monkey fabric that I needed and then I searched for Anna Maria fabric and they didn't have any.
They did have some of Heather Bailey's so I got a few more pieces. Then I wanted some spiderweb and there was none to be found.
Some Quilt shops are so conservative.
Or maybe the truth is that I am too eclectic and weird in my fabric choices. I want frogs, butterflies, cupcakes, crowns, pinups (oh my!) and spiderwebs and leaves.
I wanted some Eiffel towers and aqua and she just looked at me. Then she thoughtfully shook her head no. Like filing me away as some CrAzY chick who makes Bizarre creations in my spooky attic full cats.
Reaffirming my desire to only shop online- no matter how much I enjoy seeing and touching all that fabric, it is too large a letdown not to find the fabric that I am searching for.
So, here it is Monday again and I have much to do. Much to mail. Much to finish. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with too much, yourselves! Thanks for stopping by the Calamity Craft Cottage. There will be pictures of crafts here soon, one can only hope! (now that the cupboard monster is complete)