Anyhoo... Ready for another reveal? It's been a while, hasn't it? Remember Smokey the Bear? Yes, Old Smokey has gone through quite a transformation and become.....
(Lacking smoke, that is)
|Here she is, in all her glory!|
|Talk about a labor of love!|
|This was the detailing I fell in love with.|
|The white is Sherwin Williams "Creamy".|
|I had a sample pot custom matched to the tan color in the fabric, which I then mixed with glaze.|
|The glazing brings out the beautiful Art Deco detailing.|
|Like the new knobs?|
|I wanted to make the inside like a jewel in a box...when you opened it, you saw the real beauty!|
|This fabric was my inspiration and jumping off point. It was more of my remnant finds.|
|The inside of the drawers are painted Martha Stewart's "Tide Pool" Precious Metals. Gorgeous turquoise color!|
It took me forever to finish this one. Taking on a smokey, repair needing piece isn't fast work. I've had a number of custom orders and they've keep me tied up as well. I just had to go visit Old Smokey whenever I could squeeze in a few minutes, but He has now become a SHE! What'cha think?
Just to review, I found this old chiffrobe/armoire at one of my local thrift stores. It REEKED of fire smoke. Apparently, it had been sitting in a storage unit that had caught fire. The lady checking me out thought I was crazy to take it (that's never stopped me)! I had to strip it down to the bare...and I do mean bare bones, wash it with Murphy's Oil soap multiple times, prime with Zinnser Bin (my new favorite primer) and put multiple coats of paint/glaze/fabric/wax on it, but it's now smoke free. You'd never even know it had such a rank, lowly beginning!
|Smokey Bear arrives home (I had to Lysol the car big time)!|
|Part of me hated to paint this. I think it's walnut! But, I had to do some repair work on places making it a necessity.|
|The incredible amount of nastiness coming off! Can you believe how thick those layers of paint were? See the white residue? Ash!|
|I bet this was beautiful when new!|
And, just to slow me down a LITTLE bit more, I forgot to follow my own directions to size fabric larger when lining with it! It shrank and I ended up having to find and order more. While waiting on it, I dropped some hints as to what was coming. If you want to know info I didn't include here on any of the process, let me know!
I really enjoy recreating a piece of furniture. I'm finishing up one or two more quick projects to show you (I work on multiple things at once), and then I get to start on my next big project using my fabric remnants I just found! Remember this?
|Can't wait to get started using these remnants!|
I'm not trying to crank out a ton of stuff. I goal is to sell one or two BIG pieces a month with my smaller stuff down at my booth. I enjoy taking my time and making each piece a work of art.
I have got to reduce the amount of email in my Inbox, so I'm canceling some of my blog post subscriptions. If you notice a drop in your reader number, it's not that I don't like it or am not still keeping up. I just am signing up as a follower instead so I can keep up with them in my Dashboard versus my Inbox.
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