May 18, 2012

The Driving Force In My Home


The driving force in my home is the inspiration of old. Whether I am remodeling or decorating a home in my interior design business or just transforming an out-dated piece into a piece inspired from a Paris flea market. I create with what beauty I see around me, then inspiring the piece with brush in hand soulfully.

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The work-force behind my art is looking towards a famous region renowned for their French furniture designs that reflect their rich history. Reducing and reusing old cast offs is a rich part of who I am, even as a designer. This 1980's country thrift find in much need of some new beauty came to be with an idea of adding "Joie De Vivre" (Joy of Living) with a relaxed elegance that creates romance like none other.

I will be showing the before and after, and the brave move to rid the out-dated lead glass lighted doors to creating aged mirroring in place of them.

Before...


After...
This piece was a happy accident in a thrift shop finds waiting for me to give it a facelift, and now transformed with a new beauty for sale in my design shop. Take notice along with the removing of the out-dated to the buffet, and hutch I also changed the hardware to simple wood knobs, and metal drawer pulls along with adding a strip of wood that I had dinged, and dented with perfect distressing to the tops of all three doors. I felt this would add some body to the otherwise flat surface to each of the door faces, and it worked out nicely.





I wanted to capture a patina that felt as if the piece had been passed down for generations, one that tells its own history by taking out the dated and adding an aging technique of a lime wax process without wax, yet with my own twist to process giving it a white finish leaning towards a whitish-grey patina speaking pefect French. By adding the mirrors to the doors that I aged to look hauntingly beautiful this added useful storage cleverly hidden away.

From the inspiration of France I hand-painted and detailed this piece adding my own touch of history to it.
Une vision de toutes choses françaises (Having a vision of all things French)

33 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

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Rosemary@villabarnes said...

It's stunning, Dore. Aged to perfection. Love the glass.

Ozma of odds said...

...well, you've done it again!!
your magic fingers have literally transformed a cast off into something STUNNING!!
your grey washed world has made it's way into mine...
soooo very lovely!
xo, Rosemary

Jenni said...

Oh, I LOVE this! It looks completely different now, you beautifully transformed it! :)

I hope you had a good week and that your weekend is a wonderful one, Dore!

Blessings,
Jenni

All Things Chic 2 said...

Pure talent!!!
Blessings Lori

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Hello My Darling~I love your work and the art I have purchased from you has the most amazing grey/white finish to them. I so love it!
Great job on the mirrored glass.Like always I wish we were closer~Cheers Kim

vignette design said...

You definitely captured the patina. Love the mirrored glass. Great piece. ~Delores

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That FRENCH BLOOD runs deep and is the soul-source of your beautiful vision and SKILL to transform an ordinary piece into a

CHEF-D'OEUVRE!!!!!!

Oh Doré, ce bahut est extraordinaire. Les couleurs m'enchantent bien et je songe d'en avoir un pareil!!!

BISOUS MA BELLE et BON WEEKEND! Anita

Monica said...

Ohhhhh.... questo è un vero capolavoro!!!!!!!
Bravissima!!!!!!

Christel said...

wow Dore, you gave this lifeless throwaway new breath! It is stunning, and has so much character now..it has a soul! Amazing, how different it looks, I'm sure the piece is grateful to have a mastercraftsmans hands bring it back to a new, and better life. Beautiful my frienmd. xoxox Christel

It's me said...

Wowwww you did a great job with those cabinets...have a nice sunday....thanks for comment on my blog !...love Ria...xxx...

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Wild Oak Designs said...

I am envious that you can get these pieces and have a place to do them! Wonderful job!
come for a visit...
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com
Nancy

vicki archer said...

A beautiful result... xv

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DORÉ!!! YOU WILL ATTEND????YOU WILL PARTICIPATE??? I LOVE IT! I didn't see you on the last post so I wondered if you were interested or not, but YOU ARE THE PERFECT CANDIDATE for some PARISIAN INSPIRATION!

AWESOME! I will put you on the list now. BISOUS, Anita

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore
The intense work that you have put into this piece is awe inspiring.
Your love of what you create shines through and though.
Exquisite!
Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.
Blessings,
Penny

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dore
I am humbled and honored to receive such praise from an artist such as you.. Thank you so much for your visit and encouraging words.
See you at the Paris Link Party at Anitas!
Blessings,
Penny

A Cottage Muse said...

You've captured my attention once again Dore with your beautiful transformation! This piece looks like it has stories to tell of days gone by and secrets to hold as well!

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH HOW I LOVE how you made the button GRAY!!!! LOVE IT SO!!!!

Doré, you are going to be fabulous as a participant! HAVE FUN, GO ALL OUT as you wish and THANK YOU SO MUCH for joining. You can post on ANYTHING YOU WANT on Paris theme....décor? History of furniture? YOU NAME IT. Just take us along.....BONNE JOURNÉE! Anita

Vintage Home said...

OH my goodness...how many times have I thought when passing by one of these in the thrift stores....what could I do???! Oh you are a changeover artist! Great inspiration and truly wonderful job...love the mirror addition!
There are thousands of these cabinets All over North America....wow...this is truly a makeover!

Barbara Jordan Dettweiler said...

Gorgeous - beautifully done!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Dore you amaze me...your work is breathtakingly impressive. sea maiden kisses to you my friend. ox

Leslie said...

Wow! You've done an amazing job on this piece! It's stunning. The soft palette in your home is so pretty. I have lots of grey and white in my home as well and find it very calming.

leslie

PURA VIDA said...

a good force to be driven by

Jelisaveta Đukanović said...

Beautiful! :)

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Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Fabulous - I wish I could take lessons from you, but I'm not sure if I have your patience to produce such wonderful transformations. Warm regards

Evi said...

what a change! Absolutely beautiful!!!

Mrs. Sutton said...

Dore you are absolutely incredible! You have really made me look at furniture that I would otherwise have overlooked in a completely different way. Thank you SO much for sharing these incredible transformations with us - it really is jaw dropping at times - what's the phrase - turning a "sows ear into a silk purse!" Really, really beautiful!
Paula x

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore
I wanted to stop in and wish you a relaxing and safe weekend.. I just love it here.. Everything is so beautiful and I love you choice of music.
Bisous!
Penny

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Dore I wanted to let you know that you are welcome to use the Paris button a made for Anita's party on my sidebar...I made it using the Paris word that she had in her post. It goes well with our white and grey palette. Congrats on selling almost all of your theatre's!!!! I'm looking forward to seeing France through your eyes. see you in Paris. ox

Fete et Fleur said...

I'm speechless! It is truly magnificent what you have done. I adore this piece now. I wouldn't have given it a second glance in its earlier state. I'm always looking for ways to transform pieces. This one will definitely go onto my do someday list.

Thank you for sharing this transformation.

Nancy

Linda Leyble said...

Gorgeous! Most people would have passed that by - but not you! So lovely now - with your touch!

Linda