20 March 2012

the buffet project

Greetings all,
I always fancied a cabinet like this in my studio . . . the dream is a French armoire . . . however,

i knew one would come along if i waited long enough . . . i give you the $60 buffet & hutch from the local recycle centre.  I'll spend my week sanding & painting the wood, then wall papering the back boards.  Also discovered 3 weeks after surgery on both hands . . . i am strong enough to pop the tow ball on the car, pull the 4WD trailer around & attach it (no mean feat with a flat jockey wheel) . . . amazing what super human strength you unleash when a bargain is on hold for you.
I wasn't sure what colour paint??  I don't want white, too obvious.  I knew i'd find inspiration from the wall paper colours/ design, then work my way back to choosing paint & drawer/ door knobs.  Of course pretty crystal knobs are expensive & i need 9 of them!!  The heart knobs are for another project.
Terrible photos - you can't see the gorgeous green wall paper, Laura Ashley Elveden Celadon, i'll photograph the finished product in sunlight.  As i ADORE pink & green as a decor colour combination in any variation, i'm painting the cabinet a yummy blush pink.
How lovely would these beautiful Laura Ashley chairs look in my studio too??  I'd like to be an old lady with dozens of greatgrandchildren who all know 'that's Grandma's chair' & doesn't she have glorious taste.
   
When we build our homestead, we've decided that my studio might be best as a stand alone little cottage, yay, imagine??  This is my husband's way of having a thread/ fabric/ pin free house.  I like it.  Our farm dream is getting closer, the sale of our Darwin apartment has gone unconditional, yay!!  Love Posie
PS special mention to my Papa who was born the same week the North Sydney Harbour Bridge (original name) was opened & is also celebrating his 80th birthday!!  I went to primary school with the grandson of the English engineer (Bradfield) who designed it & chose to stay in Sydney, such is the lure of our amazing harbour.

23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the cabinet is wonderful! good for you!

littlebetty said...

Great find! But seriously dude, you really shouldn't be over-doing it!

Sarah said...

OOhhh!!!! Great minds...I have been after one of those dressers for yonks too! Bought a 1930’s deco one a few weeks ago on ebay. I’ve been drooling over farrow and ball paint swatches and am rather taken with ‘Hardwick White’ which isn’t white at all really! Mine was no way near as good a bargain as yours!! Good find Mrs! Good luck with the house sale. Our house is currently a building site!! But it is so exciting we are finally renovating!! x

Nancy said...

Beautiful. Love a bargain and it will look gorgeous.

Alex aka WHOA MUMMA! said...

That last chair is divine!

Get to work on that cabinet I want to see the finished product!

Bron said...

The find of the year I would say...can't wait to see it finished. x

Tammi said...

Ooh gorgeous buffet Jennie :)
Am loving the sound of your stand alone cottage studio too.

x

Coal Valley View said...

I love it! Can't wait to see the big reveal. I also am a regular visitor at our local recycling shop (they call it the 'Tip Shop' here - classy!) and I bought a side table this week for a steal - just needs a sand and a new stain. So glad your hands are better and I'm very excited about your homestead plans - it will be well worth the wait (speaking from experience as it took us many many years to get here :-) Mel xx

Mum on the Run said...

Happy birthday to your Papa.
What a fabulous treasure you've found - and an absolute bargain.
I just love your determination and creativity.
Your future sounds absolutely blissful, woman.
:-) xx

Woollybutthill said...

Great news about the Darwin apartment and even better to hear that your hands are doing so well. Love the cabinet and know you will do an amazing revamp...can't wait to see.

x Melissa.

Jane said...

Oh Jennie, you amaze me. Yet again. How you managed to lift that in your state is incredible. What a steal, you clever minx! I am so delighted for you - I also have a hankering for a similar armoire and can't believe the prices being charged nowadays. And celadon - watch me swoon! J x

Jane said...

Oh Jennie, you amaze me. Yet again. How you managed to lift that in your state is incredible. What a steal, you clever minx! I am so delighted for you - I also have a hankering for a similar armoire and can't believe the prices being charged nowadays. And celadon - watch me swoon! J x

Anonymous said...

when did we decide on a cottage, i thought i said you were outside in the shed!!

Mr P

Jan-Maree said...

I love pink and green too - I am right with you on that! Cannot wait to see the "new" cabinet! It will be gorgeous!

Amanda said...

Can't wait to see you transform that gorgeous piece - what a steal!! x

ally said...

I love it already..but am imagining its just going to be gorgeous with the Posie touch.
I love the idea of a wonderful grandma chair too

murphycl1 said...

Gosh Canberra really is a small place! Saw that cabinet when I was out in Mitchell on the long weekend and was cursing that I have such as small house. Glad to see it has gone to a good home :)

Claire

Posie Patchwork said...

Goodness, that buffet survived the long weekend, i'm shocked. I picked it up on Tuesday, lucky me!! Love Posie

The Moerks said...

Great find. Now, just be careful with those hands, they are precious.

Melinda said...

Happy Birthday to your Papa. My Mum is born in the same year as the Bridge opening too. She is still going strong, just like the bridge! For her 75th we surprised her with a bridge cake, what to do this year?
Melinda x

The Provincial Homemaker said...

What a great find. Enjoy doing it up!

Tania McCartney said...

OMG - it's even better than I thought it would be!!!!

Tas said...

Happy birthday to your papa!

Look forward to seeing this project as it advances and soooo glad that you are feeling good enough with your hands to undertake it! Yay.