May 30, 2012

Better To Be Born Lucky Than Rich

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Lucky me,Blessed me! that a 1952 Ethan Allen Furniture Company china chest dark nutmeg in color, solid mahogany wood French chest found me, and this is what a little paint patina I gave it, did for it.

There is a wise saying that it is "Better to be born lucky than rich" I am glad I am the lucky part. Having a passion for junk shops and flea markets with a strong appreciation for objets d'art at a very young age of teens I would find junk to decorate with creating a room to love. This passion led me to a design career with a true love for all things salvaged with French roots.

In my hunt for the next salvage piece to recycle I glance over at all the cast offs and let the piece call to me listening to what it wants to become. A piece that as the French refer to as "dans so jus"- it hadn't been repaired, painted, or polished in years taking it from what was once a beautiful piece that dated itself, to now giving it the rustic French feel it so longed for. The big shocker was a tag price of $42.00 dollars making this an easy and excited yes piece. It measures 35"1/2 in height 35" in length 19" in depth this is a piece I could talk myself into keeping but it will be going to my shop over the weekend finding its way into a home that will feel that same excitement of a great find, and where it will tell them it wants to be placed.

If I talk myself into keeping it, I think it will become my guest bathroom vanity buy adding the wash bowl and faucet to it. As for all dealers and designers our homes tend to reflect our finds or what is in our design stock with objects and pieces that get replaced time to time purely for the soul and history in the piece up-grading with regularity, this is the nature of what goes along with the hunt and the business of the next sell.

This piece called for a patina paint finish of age-layers washed with subtlety with rustic French that seems to have been around for years.

Another French laundered find is the French hand towels so euro flea market I added to my home and I have bundled up extras in rag ties on their way to my shop.

Inspiring rustic, the formality of its rustic beauty.


BellaRustica said...

Another Objet Trove (found object) for us to enjoy. Your idea of the vessel sink atop is going to be lovely - as you are.

Good morning from South Coastal Georgia. Kim

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

LUCKY YOU ARE MY DEAR! What a great find, and what you have done to it, well, how lucky for this PIECE to have stumbled into your hands. Magnificent stroke of paint and genius! UN COUP DE GÉNIE CHEZ TOI!!!! BISES, Anita

Sueann said...

Love the cabinet...fabulous!!'Hugs

Janet Metzger, Artist said...

How very quiet and beautiful!

Janet xox
The Empty Nest

Paint Me White said...

Dore I love it. Sandy x

La Dolfina said...

Dore, it is gorgeous!!
Love the little towels too...
Where is your shop?
I must go on my next trip down!!!
Love to you and Hannah

Tutti Chic said...

Love the "lucky" piece you found-it's perfect! Loving those hand towels too. I always enjoy your posts & gorgeous pics~:) chris

Pura Vida said...

We call it the lucky sperm club..those that are born with plenty and into a situation of abundance.

I don't have much money..but feel lucky each and every day for the blessings I have.

Love your appealing

designchic said...

This gives me such inspiration for a nightstand I have...gorgeous find!!

Belle Inspiration Magazine said...

You are lucky Doré, and you have created a beautiful piece. Great find on the hand towels too - you're on a roll.
As always it is a pleasure to visit with you here, and thank you for sharing all this loveliness.
à bientôt,

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous Dore!!
You always have such an amazing gift in transforming pieces!
Hope you have a beautiful day.

Kate said...

Beautiful Blessed Lucky

Oh Dore what a gorgeous finish you put on that piece! Gosh I love it! You my friend are a blessing to my soul! Have a beautiful week my friend


Fishtail Cottage said...

i can see you all giddy inside and wanting to jump up and down, yet calm on the outside when you saw the price tag! It is a beautiful piece ~ i love that you always have a vision of "what could be" when you find something so fantastic! love you girl! xoxo, tracie

Seawashed said...

It is so beautiful Dore. I do hope you keep least for a little while. The patina you create is breathtaking beauty. I always sit in awe at how you stage your pieces as well. That old bucket. love. The PARIS party link looks lovely on your sidebar. I'm so happy you used it! See you in France soon. ox

La Brocanteuse said...

Well said and so true dear Dore,
love what your creative hands did to the commode and adore the little folded and banded cloths ..well of course yes!! have a lovely day
with love from Afrique du Sud

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Dore...Your magic hands have transformed yet another beauty.. I love this piece... I think you should keep this one for your guest vanity.. It would be perfect.
Enjoy your week my friend.

Anonymous said...

I love it Dore and the hand towels are divine, so yummy!! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Xo ~Ashley

Unknown said...

simply. lovely. sigh....

Wally B said...

Lucky and Talented. I think I could easily live in your workshop.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Dore
Well you just made my day... To even be in the same sentence as the name Sara Moon... I am humbled and truly honored.. I believe the artist that launched the name Sara Moon was a Persian artist by the name of Bijan who lives in Germany. Amazing artist..
I am so happy you enjoyed my painting.. Oh!and thank you for calling me GIRL! I feel so young today. haa

Burlap Luxe said...

Penny you are so welcome! See you in France I am excited to see what we all bring to the party at Anita's

Au revoir pour maintenant, mais je vais vous voir bientôt


helen tilston said...

Hello Dore

I so agree with you that it is infinitely better to be born lucky than rich. To luck

You have made this piece into one that is fit for a Queen, shall we call it "Her Royal Highness"

I think it is past my bed time. Good Night

Helen xx

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you Dore for the french lesson! See you there. Bebe is so very excitied.. She is packing her bags.

June said...

Nobody can make over a piece as beautifully as you can Dore. This was truly an great find, but after you did your magic on it, it is gorgoeus!

Anonymous said...

Such an amazing find ~ and so much prettier now! :)
I have an Ethan Allen armoire that I purchased in '98 that I keep thinking about painting... you inspire me, Dore!
Hope you have a lovely day ~ Zuzu

Dreaming of Vintage said...

OMG! I can't believe you found that wonderful piece for $42.00!!! I NEVER find cool stuff like that! It looks lovely and so does that thrift store cabinet a few posts down!

Rita said...

what an amazing piece you have created, with such a distinctive character. You are giving me the right inspiration for a couple of pieces I will be transforming over the weekend.

Donna, The Decorated House said...

I know exactly what the piece looked like before you worked your magic! Perfect forward to vision to so drastically change it into its beautiful new incarnation. Love it.

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

You've created a great piece.
I totally agree with your quote , "Better to be born lucky than rich".......and " the harder you work, the luckier you get" !

Bon weekend. said...

I always love coming to visit you and see how creative you've been. I love what you did with your very "lucky" find. Looks gorgeous!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Just think how lucky (and loved) that piece is feeling Dore! You did a beautiful job and thank you for sharing!
Happy Weekend!

Candylei said...

So sweet! Love the patina you gave it!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Another great find, Dore. You are so lucky, but wise to recognize the beauty that lies in the piece still.
The pieces really do speak to you as they turn out more fabulous than ever before. Gorgeous!

Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne said...

I love the finish on this as well as every piece I have seen today while visiting your blog for the first time. I am now a follower and look forward to seeing more!

Seawashed said...

Dore` a little package is in the postal on its way to you! ox

Karen said...

It's beautiful Dore. I think it would make a gorgeous vanity. Those French linens are a great find too. Thanks for visiting me, your comment made my day!

Christel said...

Dear Dore, hello my friend, so glad to be back from vacation, but sad to be away fro my sister.

Luck is on your side when you find these cast offs, but riches are abundant in the talent department where you are concerned girl! Love this 42.00 treasure! xoxox Christel

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma belle, are you no longer going to participate in the Paris link party that started yesterday? Let me know so I know whether to keep your name and link on the list. Anita

Paula said...

Oh SO gorgeous! Your finds and transformations are always so beautiful that I would end up keeping everything - naturally, i have VERY bad business sense - lol!
Paula xxx

Linda Leyble said...

Hi - what a wonderful find - for such a great price! It will look beautiful in your home as a vanity...or in someone else's home if you sell it at your shop.

I am loving your blog - I am following you now and have bookmarked your site.

I am a decorative artist by trade and am now setting my sights on creating more furniture beauty. I have painted and antiqued some much furniture for clients in the past 13 years that I have been doing faux finishing/decorative painting - but I didn't take many before (and sometimes no afters!!). I could kick myself now that I have a blog!!!

I saw that you had posted on another blog that you sometimes add plaster to your paints. I've never done that - though I have done many a wall with authentic Venetian Plaster. So - I have to try that. Your grandfather's work - I have to re-look at some of those films now so I can take it in!! So jealous of your lineage!!

I have experimented with adding an extender to synthetic Venetian Plaster - and that has worked very well. It shines up nicely without having to wax it like you have to do with Chalk Paint.

When you add the plaster - are you using Venetian Plaster - because of the lime? Would love to know!!

Thanks for all of your inspiration and beautiful finishes etc on your blog.