I am just getting over a case of shingles (half of people that get shingles are under 60 and if you've had chickenpox you have a 1 in 3 chance of developing them sometime in your lifetime). My doctor said they are brought on by stress and low immune system. I decided to make a change and to quit taking custom work for a while. I love doing it but it can be very stressful, especially when I have so much of it that nothing else gets done (which is exactly what was happening).
So, I made the decision (which is huge for me because I have a very hard time saying no) and by golly I was going to stick to my guns...
Little Ms Michele shows up in my driveway with the cutest little beastie hanging out of the trunk of her car. How in the world could I say no to that?!! I just love her to pieces, too, so we talked over what she wanted and I totally and completely caved....again.
But, it's a good thing because I am so thrilled with how it turned out and so is she, so it was a
WIN WIN! :)
BEFORE (kind of)
I had already started sanding the top down. You can't see in this pic but it has 3 big cracks on the left side of the top. She liked how rustic the rest of it looked and I told her then why not just accept it for what it is and we'll just roll with it. :)
It's all oak and it was pretty dry so the grain was even more open than oak usually is. I knew it would be perfect for a very "used" look.
I've been dying to use a new color I got from Farrow & Ball. It's Chappel Green and it's a lovely shade of blue/green.
It seriously is the sweetest little thing!
She is using it in her bathroom and has another barnboard cabinet, so we decided a dark stained top was too formal. She loved how the wood looked worn out. It does have so much character! So, I sanded it down, but not too perfectly and then just gave it three coats of Varathane in satin. It compliments the shape of the piece, the color, and the distressing so well!
This pic is pretty accurate for the color. I distressed it a bit heavier, in keeping with the feel of the piece. We were going to keep the original knobs, but when my hubby was trying to fix the one in broke completely in two so I substituted these cute things. I like how they mimicked wood.
It'll be time to plant flowers soon here! Can't wait!
You'll be seeing this color again soon!