August 12, 2012
A Brocante Piece With Undeniable Strength
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mise en scène, French term for arrangement of scenery put in the scene, I am the director and producer of the placement of pieces and props in my home and shop.
A piece hard to let go of, but better suited for my shop. When life at the Burlap Luxe home went from formal to elegant rustic it all fell together like relaxed wrinkled linen modestly living with pieces that evoke all things euro-French by adding the best pieces of old only adds to the charm of living in deep comfort.
When shopping in my shop I want it to reflect well lived pieces with gentle imperfections that nothing is meant to be that cared for.
Pieces well-worn have history and strength, this was a strong piece, and a piece most would turn away, (local thrift shop find) This piece told a whole different story one of 1980’s where it housed a monster of a TV. with cabinets, and drawers below flawed with years of use, and I knew it was a piece I wanted to take on.
By removing old out-dated embellishments, to then strip off and sanding down it's age this piece started to show me what it wanted to become.
Setting aside the doors and drawer faces for other projects and adding much needed shelving and a solid back to it makes for instant impact to this beauty that was once a beast.
I listen to the story of each piece giving it the right paint treatment and much needed distressing richly rewarding it with a new purpose in life while becoming there new caretaker, a gatherer of pieces until they find a new destination.
Great tall side cubbies that may hold your platters and silver serving trays, along with country French vintage cutting breadboards.
The art I painted to the discarded doors that once closed off the on looking of where the TV was housed. They now show off what they have become, French panels artfully painted in tones of washed whites and shades of grey.
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Another door face solid oak from a French china hutch I hand painted and may be seen in my etsy Burlap Luxe shop for purchase, Vie Belle (Beautiful Life)
This once beast of a piece has excited the makeover of my shop readying it for fall, and the treasure it will display.