I guess I wasn't the only one in the mood for yellow! This is a custom order and it came to me looking like this...
I love all the great detail on this beautiful piece of furniture. I added beadboard and some new knobs and that's all it really needed besides a cleaning and some paint!
Isn't this little door awesome? And the little corbels below the ledge?
The worst thing about doing custom work is that I don't have the option of keeping it!!! Bummer!
It's really hard for me to narrow down the pictures because I just want to highlight every square inch of this great detail. AND the lucky girl said this hutch was given to her! Hope she loves it as much as I do!
I decided to rip all the details off this baby in order to update it! I WISH I would have gotten better before pictures!
This is the crappy finish that I had to sand off the whole thing.
I can't find the before picture of the bottom...this is after sanding. The drawers had this funky swirly design that I puttied over.
This is after some reconstructive surgery. I added moulding in 4 different places and none of it matched. It was all stuff I had on hand. I couldn't remove the shelf for wine glasses, so I added a shelf on top and a piece of moulding.
I was in the mood for yellow, so I painted it a mustard color and distressed and glazed it. Dang, I wish I had a place for this in my house!
Here is the before. It had a leather top that I removed and put fabric. Then I brushed the fabric with 4 coats of polyurethane, sanding between each coat. The desk was also really short so I added some legs and moulding to the bottom to raise it up about 3 inches. My husband suggested a computer chair that you can move up or down, but that isn't cute! The chair I found is! :)
My client bought this dresser from a local consignment store and paid them to paint it. Then, she brought it to me to have it re-painted. It looked like the top and sides were brushed on very messy fashion, and the rest was sprayed with maybe one coat of paint. No protective coat. I like things that are distressed, but isn't this taking it a bit far? Or is this a thing? Hmmmm...well, not my thing.
And it was falling apart.
So while we were at it, we decided to change colors too!
Where was I the day this showed up on craigslist?! My sweet client & friend Liz found this treasure...while I was out of town or I might have beat her to it! Stuff like this doesn't come along very often.
Some people would DIE if they saw this beauty painted but I'm with Liz. I like to make stuff (even antiques) my own. It still has a great story to tell but what's wrong with adding your own touch to an old piece of furniture?
Maybe she'll forget to come pick it up. (Fingers crossed)
You know when you see a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that makes you look twice? That's what doubletake decor is all about! Taking something ordinary, out-dated, or tossed aside, and making it beautiful, unique, and a topic of conversation to everyone who visits. It's something I love to do...in fact, it's kind of an obsession. Once I start a project I can't do anything else until it's done. Maybe that's why I like it. It's my excuse to do something I enjoy instead of laundry or dishes. Having someone love a piece of furniture as much as I do, makes my joy complete!