With that said, let me set the scene.
What used to be my pantry with one wall of floor to ceiling cabinetry is now a walk through to my new half bath. So instead of two doors and a window in a 4 1/2' x 6' room I have three doors and a window and a 32" wide floor to ceiling cabinet. (I should say, will have, shortly. Another post coming on that.)
My idea was to copy this look from a photo on Pinterest.I put forth a great deal of effort in an attempt to uncover the process used to create this look. I checked with two artists friends for their input. I contacted the artist who did the piece and another blogger I thought might be able to help. No tips or helpful hints, so, I then experimented on some pieces I had on hand. But nothing was giving me the guidance I needed.
(etsy.com)I pinned this to my furniture board on Pinterest thinking I might try it someday. That day is today.
It was then that the piece spoke. What I heard was, "This is not working!" And it wasn't. The gray on the left was not right.(Winter Gates AC-30) So back to the paint store for the gray on the right.(Amherst Gray HC-167) I continued to repaint other parts too. Some of what I painted white, I then painted gray. Some things I thought should be black looked really bad black and they ended up white.
I decided to keep the sides radomly stried in the original two gray colors I had selected.(Embers AC-28 and Winter Gates AC-30) So now I had six different colors on this piece. And I still had the hardware to consider.
I wasn't going to keep the bat wing pulls no matter what color they could be. I kept an eye out for something different.
I saw this piece at Vincent de Paul thrift store. It had 8 pulls that might work but it was marked $100. As soon as I left the store, I realized I should have asked if they would sell the hardware only. After all, it was missing two pulls for this chest anyway.
The next day I went back and asked the manager about selling the hardward only. His response was, "No one will buy this without pulls." So, I said, "If I replace these with something different would you consider it?" He said, yes, ....if I replaced the 8 pieces with 10. So back home I went, thinking... I don't have 10 matching pieces of anything.
I was wrong. I had 16 of these. I don't remember where they came from and I was not that interested in keeping them. I grabbed a screw driver and headed back to the thrift store hoping they would not overpower the piece. Turns out that was the least of my worries. The screws were so short they only made about two turns and some would not work at all. I stayed at it until I had seven of them attached. Then I summoned the manager to tell him I could not get the one drawer without pulls to open and that one of my screws was a little short. He took over from there and I left with my pulls. (even exchange)
I'm not sure who got the better deal. I didn't notice until I was removing these that one is different from the other seven. I was in such a hurry to get away before the manager changed his mind that I didn't get a picture of that piece with the new hardware. I bet it sold already. It looked pretty snappy with the new pulls.
So, onto the drawers. I glazed them with a charcoal tinted glaze and put a protective seal over the fronts.
I did the same with the drop down desk front. Here are some closeups of the light fixtures shown here.
Just to keep you up to date, I decided the Cranberry Ice was too tame for this madam so I switched to Razzel Dazzel. Who wouldn't want to double coat this cubby hole cabinet, AGAIN?
I continued to work and rework the piece. I glazed the white to tone it down and then waxed the entire piece with a mix of wax and rottenstone. After buffing everything I moved on to the hardware.
And then there are the drawer pulls. Those thrift store pulls got beat out by an idea my brother came up with. He suggested using old fashioned curtain rods and I loved the idea. The rods were not a problem but I had to find the end pieces.
Now the rods needed to be cut to size and I needed...you guessed it, my brother, Dan, to handle that chore.
He cut the rods
and attached the hardware to perfection.
About that secret. There is a little more to the story. A secret needs to be good or why bother, right? I thought so too, and mine seemed a little lame.
And FINALLY I can say it is (almost) finished.
This is the view from the bathroom doorway. Remember this is like a pass through room...only 4 1/2 feet wide so the only way to get a picture is by standing in an adjoining room.
Remember, I said almost finished?
I was referring to the fact that there is no glass in the upper cabinet because we had a little mishap when reinstalling it. Not to worry. It was a type of bubble glass that I was not particularly fond of anyway. So I will replace it with clear glass.
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