Thursday, February 25, 2010

One of my favorite furniture pieces in my home

I purchased this cabinet many moons ago at a garage sale for $50. She was a bit abused to say the least.


And here she is today.... one of most favorite pieces.




A closeup of the crackle in all it's glory.



Anyone who has ever crackled knows.... when crackle happens... you do a crackle dance. It can be so unpredictable!

Now I just need to make some great Nester tassels. My tassels look puny by comparison! Do tassels intimidate anyone else????

I am linked up to Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday , Funky Junk Interiors SNS party, Finding Fabulous , Power of Paint Party, The Boardwalk Bragfest, It's So Very Renovated and Poppies at Play. See many more transformations there!

41 comments:

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

wow! that looks great. That was a huge job!
gail

kim said...

You did an awesome job refinishing that. Looks really good!

Leanne said...

That looks so great. The crackle is perfect. That's something I am way to scared to try.

Adrianna said...

I can see why! The curved top makes it so feminine & beautiful to me. You did a fabulous job on the crackle finish & colors. You def. have an eye for knowing what colors suit which pieces.

Formerly-Corn in My Coffee Pot said...

Ok.

I am not fond of crackle...not a crackle hater, but it does take talent, ...or the stars aligning just right... or maybe you have to hold your mouth right (as my mother used to say)

...whatever it is. You got it with this piece. Great job.

I keep scrolling back to look at the crackle...I'm in awe.

xinex said...

Wow! How did you do that? It looks wonderful!..Christine

Angie said...

I have an old matching set...an armoire and a dressing table that I'm sad to say are in poor shape! I've been itching to do something with them for nearly 10 years. The armoire is starting to come apart from being moved so much and the veneer on the sides and the back is peeling off of both of them. They're pitiful, but would really be beautiful pieces if I would just give them some love already. I love the crackle idea. You've inspired me to try to get something going on these pieces this spring.

Does a crackle finish help the overall look of a piece if there is a lot of sanding that needs to be done? I need to sand the heck out of these, but just don't want to. Would the crackle enhance the already "distressed" look of these pieces? Thanks!

kenziekylanmom said...

Wow, I just love it so much! Wish you lived in the Tulsa area cause I would be your best friend and helper so I could glean all of this knowledge from you! LOL!

Danielle and Clint said...

ooo...interesting! It gave such a neat texture! I am interested to know what you use the piece for.

KC Mom said...

That is such a unique piece of furniture. I would love to find a piece for you to refinish for me. I'm looking for something I can store tons of dvd's in!
I love the nesters tassels...I've been a fan of those for quite some time....even tried making some myself. Mine didn't look like hers...sigh. :)

Christina said...

That is a great piece of furniture, love the crackle.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Pretty! I love crackle paint - it's amazing. That piece of furniture was a STEAL!

Screaming Meme said...

$50? I love it so much! You go girly!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

What a unique piece! That's crazy awesome!

The crackle finish is outstanding. And I hear ya, so finicky! Sure does this piece proud.

Donna
http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful piece of furniture!

I hope you will stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

Cre8Tiva said...

way cool jen...come shar on my cabin fever procrastinator;s party too...

http://artisticallyspeakingmagazine.com/mag/2010/02/07/creative-home-living/

Jen said...

Wow I am so amazed! It almost looks leopard from far away...it came out gorgeous. I am so scared to try to crackle for fear it won't turn out :) Beautiful!

Lou Cinda said...

This is truly awesome!! I love it!

Lou Cinda :)

Shauna said...

That is one of my favs also!! love the crystal knobs.

Becolorful said...

This truly is a crowning glory piece. I have tried to crackle and really have never had much luck. Not only do you have the technique down but what a fabulous find. It almost looks like a leather finish. One of the coolest things I've seen on here this week.

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

Very fun, almost looks like leapord print. Shell or bead tassels would be fun. Adding another element. Something different and less matchy, matchy. You did a beautiful job!

Ruthie

Teri said...

Wow - this piece is phenomenal! This DEFINITELY deserves a crackle dance! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I am so glad I found yours...heading off to follow you now! :) I ADORE your blog header, by the way!! :)

workout mommy said...

WOW! What an amazing transformation! Awesome!

Lisa said...

Great crackle job! It looks like animal skin. Just gorgeous!

jenjen said...

Beautiful! I love the shape of the cabinet and of course the technique you used is just beautiful. You are so talented!!

XOOX
Jen

Shannon said...

This looks great! I did a crackle piece a few weeks ago. I still like it, but MAN was it a chore! It is interesting how DIFFERENT my crackle is than yours... ignoring the colors... just the pattern that happened....
mine is here...
http://quarryorchard.blogspot.com/2010/02/crackle-success-and-some-tips.html

the post before it contains my "snap,crackle, and flops" from this project! :)

Ericka said...

wowsers! That is BEAUTIFUL! I have never tried the crackle thing but your piece completely inspires...I want one!

Deb said...

My crackle never crackles like your crackle...please let me in on the secret of your crackle!!! Does that even make sense?!?!? Seriously....what type of crackle glaze do you use...paint, etc????

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Christie said...

Ok so I don't know how to reply to your comment so I'm replying on this!

HAHAHAHAHA! I actually thought of you when I was writing about the choice of wall color! I knew you would cringe! Thats the problem! I LOVE it right now. Don't worry though...I'll have you paint the walls :) if that isn't against your faux business rules!

See you in the morn!

sanjeet said...

I have never tried the crackle thing but your piece completely inspires...I want one!

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Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

What a sensational piece! Me & crackle - not good friends.
btw, I learned a long time ago faux finishing is an art in itself. Not for me - I just do simple color washes.
Thanks so much for stopping by the other day. Will keep in touch.

Tamstyles said...

omg...wow girl!

Girly Stuff said...

It crackled perfectly leopardly!

Love it too!

What is in it?

Andy Porter said...

What an amazing piece of furniture! It looks fabulous now! Great job! Thanks so much for linking to Creative Cats this week!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a great piece. I love the arched top and the finish is so cool. It looks almost like aligator or something. You are good, girl.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Ooh-I love it-It looks like leather.

A few months ag0==I did a tutorial on how to make tassels and then did a tassel making party a couple of weeks later. It was fun.

Cheri

Its So Very Cheri said...

This is on my favs list.

Cheri

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Jennifer, I've crackled furniture in the past -- it's my LEAST favorite to do because, as you said, it's unpredictable and a lot of steps and just darn exhausting, but you have mastered it. That piece of furniture is absolutely gorgeous. I don't think I've ever seen a more perfect crackle. Once again -- a piece that unique deserves a name. Thank you for sharing her on the Boardwalk Bragfest. She is certainly "brag-worthy". Enjoy your Wednesday!

Debbie said...

I am so awwww inspired by your painting talents....I can't do that stuff, I can spray paint and do basic, you are very talented~!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I've never used crackle yet... you did a wonderful job, as usual. What a beautiful piece too... so unique. Thanks for sharing at the POPP again.

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