September 27, 2011

Cabinet/Armoire Update


I finally found knobs for the makeover cabinet!  After spending hours at the architectural salvage place I love,  I came out with some great antique knobs and escutcheons with chippy paint, lots of age and charm. 

So do you want to see what's behind the doors?

So...what do you think?  No, I haven't gone bonkers and put a real fireplace in a wood cabinet.  It's actually a great little heater that looks surprisingly authentic when on.   It's cozy and warm and Magoo didn't have to do any work but help me lift it and place it in the cabinet. ( That's generally a prerequisite for any project I take on.)   He's all about what?  That can't be done, that isn't going to work, etc.  He runs like George Costanza when he sees me getting out the furniture sliders.    ;  )  

The escutcheons were old brass and the paint was old enough to be concerned about lead.  A simple fix of coating with clear nail polish made them safe and really brought out the rusty, chippy textures.

I removed the paint from the glass.  They're so pretty that I wanted them clear and sparkly.

I bought some long bar type handles while we were in Virginia, but I seem to have, um... misplaced them.  Ok, house is a disaster area and who knows where they are.  I'll find them eventually and then I can open the drawer where I stashed my chocolates.

Aren't these fantastic?  I'll post about my big adventure later in the week.

I'm thinking I'll paint the fireplace to match the cabinet at some point...our bed is mahogany so it doesn't bother me enough to do it right now.  I love my house, but I really wanted fireplaces in the kitchen and master bedroom.  If we build after we sell this house, that's on my list.  I don't like turning on the central heat.

I'm really loving the finished product and all I need now is a cold room.

 The knobs are on straight...there's a little optical illusion going on here.

 The paint is ASCP in Old White, Country Grey and Duck Egg Blue w/ a mix of clear and dark AS wax.  I love how it turned out.

Ahhh....a cold night by the fire for me?  Only in my dreams (and with a little help from Picnik).

Where are you Fall?

~Here's the before ...a CL find from a sweet elderly couple who liked to bargain!  ;  )

And during the transformation...

I'm linking to:The DIY Club


  1. i'm assuming the heater is well-insulated so as to protect the cabinet from too much warmth. that's an interesting piece, for sure!

  2. It is very well insulated and the cabinet is vented in the back, as well. The heat is only felt from the front, with absolutely no heat underneath, in back or on the sides. It can also work without any heat, just for fun, as my nieces like to use it. : )

  3. wow, that was totally unexpected. What a really creative way to display a fireplace. I . love . it!

  4. What a good idea! Plus... you made everything so beautiful! Enjoyed this post...every word/every picture! Thank You!

  5. You rock, I love this idea. And now I am your loyal follower! 8^)

  6. What a unique idea! And I am just sitting here lol about the chocolates in the drawer. Too funny. Love your paint job. I know what you mean about the fireplaces in the kitchen and master. I did finally get one in the master, hubby did the mantle and all, and I love it!! Found you at open house party, and I am going to follow.

  7. How very creative and great job on the cabinet. I had to laugh at the George Costanza comment. My husband does the same thing every time I say "hon, I was just thinking"! I appreciate you linking to the Open House party this week.

  8. It is beautiful. I love the combination of ASCP's, perfect!!

    I have just linked up with Laura's party!

    Art by Karena

  9. That cabinet is too much goodness for one post! Oh I just really love this! You are so creative.

    Thank you so very much for linking up to Fall In Love Wednesdays.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  10. That is super creative and super cool! I love the handles and the paint job as well! Thanx for coming to the party and I hope to see you again next week! Have a fabulous day!

  11. pretty cabinet and I love the glass knobs

  12. Wow I really love the door knobs!! I want to go find some of my own now. Great job on your project!

    Brought here from Redoux :)

  13. What a terrific makeover! I never would have thought to put a fireplace inside:) I adore the knobs, they are the perfect addition. Oh, and I like the snowflakes, too:)

  14. What a great idea! I just saw this posted on Open House and Treasure Hunt Thursday. This turned out beautifully!! I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! Blessings to you!

  15. Now that was a surprise, and it may be a heater but gives the look of a roaring fire. We are having a very cold and wet weekend here in southern Ontario, Canada and your lovely pictures helped 'warm' me up a bit ;) I would love to try some Annie Sloan one day. The knobs are adorable and the chippy bits very authentic looking. BTW, I stopped by from The DIY Club's 31 Days of Painting party.

  16. Love everything about this post but I especially love that fireplace!!


  17. Just wanted to say thanx for coming to the party last week and to say come on over and grab a button because you have been featured!

  18. Hi Tina, what a fabulous job you did on the cabinet. Who would have thought to hide a heater in there. Congratulations!! I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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