Category: armoire

Playful Purple Metallic Home Office

I was recently asked to custom paint two pieces for a new home office.  I love the furniture my client selected, which have been in my inventory for some time.   The armoire, which will be used for storage, has eye catching details while the french provincial vanity, to be used as a desk, has wonderful lines.  She wanted both pieces painted in a metallic purple,  created by combining an eggplant color with silver metallic paint.

Painted in metallic silver and glazed, the armoire’s embellishments create a sense of glamour.  I discovered  these knobs a few years ago and they are perfect with the armoire and vanity.

The entire armoire is glazed in a mixture of black latex and gold metallic paint.

My client will add shelves to the armoire, expanding its storage capacity.

The french provincial vanity before its makeover.

The drawer pulls were converted to knobs.

My client wanted the desk top to be painted black and then distressed to show the metallic purple and the various accent colors underneath.

The original gold detail on the piece was enhanced.

I really enjoy when my client’s expand my palette horizon.  Purple metallic is a unique choice but it works wonderfully!

Tantalizing Teal Buffet/Armoire

Fabulous friends and I go to an estate sale nearly every Friday morning.  A few of us go pick up “numbers,” which are handed out about an hour before the sale.  When the estate sale officially opens, you enter the house when your “number” is called and it’s best to be one of the first groups in to have a chance to discover a “find” or two.  It’s not that often that I buy furniture, since it is generally out of my price range, but I’ve gotten lucky a time or two.


I discovered this piece sitting in an attached garage at a sale a few months ago.  I can’t believe I forgot to take a “before” photo, but it looked like it had been in a garage for a number of years.

teal angle

I was immediately attracted to the wonderful details on this piece and knew that I wanted to glaze it immediately.  It was only when I started working on it that I decided to paint the trim pieces in off-white.

drawer closeup

I collect knobs and drawer pulls because they can add so much character to furniture; I call hardware jewelry for furniture.  I had these knobs in my collection and it wasn’t until I had finished the buffet that I realized they were a perfect match.

side angle

I love the size of this fun piece because it can be used in nearly any room of the house.   It measures 35″w x 13.5″d x 66″h.  It could hold linens in a bathroom, clothes in a bedroom, china in the dining room, books in a living room or cookbooks in a kitchen.  It’s for sale at the Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport.


Quirky Finds

A Jack-in-the-Box

In the past two days I’ve purchased two quirky pieces of furniture.  A friend has been looking for a bar and I immediately thought of her when I saw this Thomasville cabinet.  Although it won’t work for her space, I decided I couldn’t pass it up.

Reserved for Keli

It looks like a piece you might have in your dining room for storage but there’s a surprise waiting inside.

The top folds out for use as a bar or a great buffet table too.  On either side are wooden posts that pull out to support the extensions.  It’s 40″W x 18″D x 32″ H and when the bar is open it is 80″W x 18″D x 32″H.

A Massive Surprise

The alarm bells should’ve rung when the seller told me I would need two strong men to move this dresser from the second floor of his home (an old farm house with a very narrow staircase).  My husband ~ a saint of a man ~ came along with me and had the arduous task of getting it down the stairs.

Of course it was way too big to fit in our furniture hauling SUV.  Thank goodness for a wonderful truck owning friend who bailed me out by transporting this massive dresser back to our house.

I spied it on Craigslist, and although the photograph was hazy and small, I could see the wavy top drawers and the spindles on the sides.  It’s 52″W x 20″D x 61″H.

And as a bonus, there are shelves on either side of the drawers.  The glass is missing and I am wondering how chicken wire would look as a replacement.  Any thoughts?  Suggestions?

This would be fabulous in a kitchen or dining room not to mention in a bedroom with all the great storage space.  It could be yours!

Library Table

One of my favorite thrift stores had this library table, dwarfed amongst file cabinets, dressers and desks.  It has charming hardware, (which I took it off prior to the “before” photos) and sass appeal.

It measures 20.5″W x 29.5″D x 32″H.

This Thomasville table has storage behind the cabinet doors.  I painted a similar table for a client a few months ago.  She choose a great barn red color.

Residing in my customer‘s living room, this table adds a bit of whimzy to the space.

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