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.