Sunday, April 8, 2012

Kitchen Redecorating Project

So I decided I didn't love my kitchen as-is.  The baker's rack between the two doorways always stuck out and just wasn't my style.  So I found a beautiful antique (I'm told from the 20s-same as the house) armoire at an antique/junk store.  I had every intention of painting it...as I do with most of the old furniture I purchase for my home. 

But once I cleaned it really well and waxed the surface...I was in love...with the original finish...if you can believe it.  It has a few chips to the veneer and scratches but I love it. 










I did make ONE modification...I couldn't stand the original finish on the hardware...so I sprayed it silver and 'antiqued' it by rubbing on some glossy black paint.  I also took out the middle drawer so I could store my crock-pot and panini-maker. 




The painting above the armoire of orange calla lilies I did in college.  The baking dishes are by Le Creuset in their Caribbean blue color. 



I tried to pick up on that aqua color with my newest project-I filled the space where the baker's rack was with an old nightstand that I picked up at Sal. Army for $24.99.  Not realizing at the time that the 'carved' details were really plastic...so the painting was slightly a nightmare...but I love the end result :)

BEFORE



 I found this amazing vintage mini-sunburst mirror on eBay.  I think it looks great with the larger sunburst mirror that I also painted (from Hobby Lobby) and the modern burst mirror on the left (HomeGoods of course).


 AFTER


The little cutting board has a carved 'A'...I picked it up at a West Elm store that is closing near me.  I went a little overboard with their closing sale definitely fell off the spending diet bandwagon.  The hammered metal stand and the fabric placemat are also from West Elm.  The fabric is actually a rug remnant that they sold to me.  I love the texture with the glossy paint of the table and the hammered stand. 

Still working on the styling but I love the way the colors work together. The print is of a statue in DC that I photographed in high school, I 'developed' the print by spraying developer onto the paper for a speckled look. The lamp was a HomeGoods clearance find ($29.99 WITH the shade!!). 

Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa






2 comments:

  1. I love that armoire! I seem to come across a few antique armoires but they all have been in terrible shape. I never know how bad the shape should in order to draw the line or if its salvageable. Great blog you have some amazing finds.

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    1. Thanks Aisha, your comment was so sweet! I really love that armoire too, every time I'm in my kitchen it makes me smile :)
      Usually if the piece is solid and doesn't have large cracks I'll take a chance on it. You can always paint it if the finish isn't in great shape (a lot of antique armoires faced a lot of abuse since people were using them as their actual closets). Almost anything can be fixed if you're willing to spend some time and energy on it. Good luck:)

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