This is a little tale of a cabinet that escaped my clutches (well more aptly escaped my paint brush).
Earlier this week my daughter had an after-school play date so I asked my son if he wanted to come treasure hunting for furniture with me. He loves my furniture and blog and is always asking about how I painted something or what I've bought. We managed to catch 15 minutes of the end of an auction which is actually quite a good time to go for little bits and pieces. Most of the dealers had left and there were only about 15 people left bidding. We managed to find a gorgeous little French style stool (I'll be painting it and listing for sale soon) and an old gramophone cabinet.
The cabinet was looking very much worse for wear. The hinges were broken for the lift up lid, so the lid was literally hanging down the back, the insides were filthy and the fabric on the fretwork was all ripped and sticking out, making it all look like it needed a tonne of work.
No one else even placed a single bid and I scored it for a good price. I went back the next day to pick it up and brought it home and decided to get stuck straight into it. I initially thought that the horn part was metal and that it would be difficult to remove but it was just hard cardboard and a couple of blows from the hammer crumpled it enough for me to lift out. I then pried all the nails out that held the wooden record holders and the fretwork, then ripped the fabric off the fretwork.
40 minutes later it was gutted and I set to with a brush and water.
I posted the photo below on facebook and Instagram saying it was my next piece to paint and did anyone want to place a custom order? Very promptly I received a message from Selene who asked if she could buy the piece "as is" so she could paint herself.
I nearly said no as I really wanted the pleasure of painting it and breathing some life back into it myself. I had visions of turning the fretwork into a door and painting it something like this from Kathy at Petticoat Junktion painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint in Tricycle (which I still have a box of in my paint stash) but then my business brain stepped in and so I agreed to sell it.
Selene was particularly keen to buy it because her initial is right there in the middle of the fretwork.
Selene has agreed to send me photos when she's finished painting it and I'll share the makeover with you. And in the meantime I'm now good to go find something else to paint!
It would have been beautiful to paint though, don't you think? It will make a treasured piece for Selene's house I am sure.
have a great weekend