Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Birdcage Bookcase

I found this cabinet on the side of the road a few houses up one morning after school drop off. I screeched to a halt and tried fitting it into the back of the car but it was too wide so on foot raced home, leaving the car in the middle of the road...and brought back a trolley to haul it home.  I put a new shelf in which was  a major drama and took half a day because of course the cabinet isn't totally square and it was all more difficult than I imagined.
Lara, the lovely woman who runs the Balmain Road Antique Centre, suggested I paint the bird and branches across the back (same as the one I did on the chest of drawers same as Miss Mustard Seed) . It really suits this cabinet because the dowel rods on the side remind me of a birdcage.
There are two holes on the back where TV cables were threaded through. I think these would work very well for placing a little lamp on the shelf.
This is already up in my booth for sale.
 

 
and before:

I love this piece - i am so pleased with how it turned out!
cheers
Fiona 

24 comments:

  1. Fiona, I would never ever in a million years been ready to see the before picture.......amazing what some paint, labour and a little vision can achieve ! Last time I commented on your turquoise chest of drawers...lets see if the same thing happens with your beautiful cabinet!!
    Love the colour of the birds , looks so nice against the white !! xx Ava

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  2. It looks fab, I cant believe people throw these things out!

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  3. I cannot believe that someone would leave that out on the footpath! You've done an incredible job with it, and the painting is perfect. It's looks lovely :)

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  4. Totally cool and darling as well! Don't cha love finding others "junk"?? So funny that others don't see it's potential!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  5. how cute is that. great idea about the bird cage. great find.

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  6. This turned out beautifully! Good eye, Fiona.

    Tina

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  7. What a cute post! It looks so beautiful! You did a great job...thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  8. well, your after is FANTASTIC! i would never *see* something like that in this piece, good for you!

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  9. Wow is all I can say!! It is amazing what you did! Love. Love. Love!

    Julie

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  10. that is adorable! i think it would be great in a nursery... too cute fiona!

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  11. So creative, and the final result is so pretty!

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  12. Really great makeover! You're right; the style just *needed* birds!

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  13. Oh wow - I love this!! Your birds are just precious and the "spindles" on the side are so unique and does make it look sort of like a birdcage. I could not believe the before pic. Amazing job!!!

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  14. oh wow! this is a great find and excellent re-do!!

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  15. Incredibly beautiful. It's a lovely piece already, but looks even better now.

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  16. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post!

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  17. Really nice. Love the bird and branches - good advice! I just flew back from Sydney today - wish I'd known about your stall before my trip. Cheers Kylie

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  18. Hi, it's me again! Just letting you know that I've pinned this in Pinterest and featured it today here. Please feel free to grab the feature button on my sidebar :)

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  19. really wonderful!... makes me happy just looking at it!!

    Maddie

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  20. VERY beautiful and I love the bird mural...it's such a great piece! Thanks for linking to All Things Furniture!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  21. WOW!! Fabulous re-do. LOVE those dowels...so unique!

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  22. That is so adorable! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.
    Crystal
    www.chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com

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  23. This is incredible! I'm really in love with it and can't wait to poke through the rest of your blog! Found you at West Furniture Revivals!

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