Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weekend Project

My mom designed and help make these units for me when I was still in Jr. High School. Seriously, she worked on them at some guy's warehouse workshop in a seedy part of Birmingham, Alabama. I vaguely remember going with her there after dark one night and someone trying to break in and hiding in a closet with a hammer or an axe in complete fear for an hour or so. For years and years I had all three of them pushed together and  framed out at the top with a piece of molding she created to fit them all together.

Over the years I have used them apart and for various purposes and more than once my mom has hinted that it would be okay for me to paint them, add new hardware, refinish them, as if maybe the reason I had not was because I was worried she would be offended. Ha. Ha.

Two of the pieces are in my bedroom now. I use the one on the left with the secretary as a desk and this one on the right is for Jack (picture taken post me checking out new hardware so it is looking really gimpy). We don't have an office anymore in our new house so we've tried to create some space for that in the bedroom.

So Mom, if you are reading this, I picked out the paint and the hardware and yes, Jack did all the real work last weekend because, as you know I am the big picture girl and he is the hoss.

With a little TLC, everything old can be new again or at least respectable - which until this Christmas Tour is over, is the "Word Of The Month"  And see, once again without said accidental Christmas Tour participation my mom would still have to be giving her little hints because it is true - all of this was really long overdo.

The universe works in mysterious ways.

new pulls from Lowes - love how rustic they look

New knob for the secretary from Anthropologie

these are knobs I ordered for the piece I have in the living room below - also Anthropolgie

This will be the next transformation. I am really trying to convince my husband to go with some color on this one. He even suggested a little two tone action. I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out. We might not try to tackle this one until next year but we've got the knobs!

And here are the finished results for the bedroom pieces. Nothing dramatic, just polished up and functional without sticking out like a sore thumb.

Now all I need is a couch in here under the window - something decadently plush and comfortable without taking up too much space. I am thinking something along these lines from Blue Hand Home in Wilmington but with a less neutral fabric and more pillows. I can look at it and tell you that I could read all day in that. What do you think? I might have to drive to Wilmington and check it out.

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