June 25, 2014

Restored Rural Romance. "I Took My Time."

Burlap Luxe Home Designs

Painted by Dore Callaway (Me)

A restored antique Century furniture chest I acquired from a local thrift shop.
I stripped it down to it's rawness so I could see the beauty it is. I loved the
lines, and its centuries-old charm. The top cabinet is married to the side-
board chest.

The less then generous fit with the cabinet leaves space on each end to
catch rustic's that land.

I added new hardware glass knobs aged with crusty homemade plaster paint.
Knobs (Lowes)

The Cabinet

The cabinet is a seperate piece purchased from another local thrift for $30.00
It belonged to another piece, and it being seperated was my good fortune.
The cabinet had glass shelving, and I added aged wood shelves;
 the backing was flimsy so I added bead board backing to a piece of plywood 
that would allow me to hang someday if desired.

I painted the cabinet to blend seamlessly with the side-board chest I painted
2 years ago; giving it a lime washed finish.

I am so pleased with the mixing of two seperate antiques pieces inspiring one
rural rustic piece.

It now sits in my home studio office where my art and designs take place.
I love the accumulation of things it can hold, and the life I gave these two
old castoffs.

I added a bit of black paint washed into the wood grain giving it an old
world finish; it adds to its aged feel and look.

A rubbed off finish to the wear of its paint finish.
Even the hardware received a bit of paint aging.

I love entering this room that inspires the art and designs I create.


martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

C'est une très belle réussite que le mariage de ces deux meubles...

♡ Gros bisous ♡

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Dore,
A great find and useful for your work space. The finish looks so pretty opposite the color of the flooring. Which I love by the way!
Enjoy your the storage from your newest piece...
A beautiful evening to you,

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Good evening Doré,
I will return for a longer comment and to linger in your beautiful find. Running out the door - but had to comment on just how beautifully elegant your rustic recreation in this timeless marriage of two lovely pieces turned out.

Karen said...

It is beyond beautiful Dore, a perfect marriage.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! You inpsire me so much!!! xoxo

chateau chic said...

I love the way you married these two pieces...Stunning!! Your creative place exudes peace and calm. No wonder your creations are so Lovely!
Mary Alice

Karena said...

Dore, you truly have a magic touch, your pieces are created and aged to such a sublime finish.

Missed so much that you could not be at Andrea's. Hope all is going great in your life....talk soon.

The Arts by Karena

Kate said...

Beauty that unfold from your hands is everlasting. I just had to keep staring at this latest piece of heaven on earth my dear one. Thank you for the way you fill the human soul with a calm and lovely vision to rest with.

Much love to you
Kate xoxo

Alicia de los Santos said...

Beautiful work, I adore it.

Rhonda said...

You have created a beautiful piece of furniture there! I love finding separate pieces and marrying them, I love being creative that way!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dore, it looks amazing! I love how you married the two pieces. It works so much better with the different sizes. The painting of the hardware is just the perfect touch. You did a beautiful job!

June said...

It is gorgeous Dore!!! You turned it into a wonderful piece to have in your lovely home my dear!
sending hugs...

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I so admire your talent, and the finish you chose. What a wonderful storage piece. It would look marvellous in my kitchen. I like how you are thinking ahead! The cupboard would look fantastic hung. Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

gorgeous! I just love everything about it. I love the way you stripped it down to its bare beauty and gave it the most beautiful finish. The styling is wonderful. It is such an interesting piece now. You've inspired me to go and paint some furniture. I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous summer. Have you started with your kitchen cabinets yet? I am dreaming of a kitchen with white washed wood floor like yours and cabinets and open shelves painted like this with gorgeous white china.

justys said...

Wow really Wow...I Live the Computer and your naturel deko on the beauty...lovely greetings Justys

Méa Strauß said...

Doré, you did magic. And the idea with the knobs and the black is simpli gorgeous. It took its time, of course! An now there is your reward: A perfect background, a setting, unique and full of your energy. It is like a fuel station now, isn´t it. Gives back your energy a thousend times more powerful.
Have a wonderful rest of the week :)),
hugs to the "createuse" ;)) from Méa

Bente said...

The cabinet is GORGEOUS. I can imagine that was a big job. Wish I had half of the talent you have, Dore.

Hope you have a wonderful summer

Big hug from here

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

BOnjour mon amie! This is brilliant. I've seen several cabinets like this that I'm sure will begin to be even more popular as people see what can be done with them! Your painting is a masterful way of wisely recycling and restoring a piece that will now give more pleasure, instead of going out to buy something that in my opinion, would have no heart. But this piece now has a history - what it once was to someone else, and what it went through in YOUR HANDS. The loving massage of sanding and painting has made this a masterpiece.

Have another fun day of dreaming of beautiful things! (I hope you are well!) Anita

La Petite Gallery said...

This is a timeless piece. You
did such a professional job.
It would change any room you
put it in. What a wonderful find. Better yet, it is beautiful.

justys said...

Wow really Wow...I Live the Computer and your naturel deko on the beauty...lovely greetings Justys

It's me said...

Love that cabinet Dore !!!!!...you did a great job !!...love from me Ria.....enjoy summer...xxx !

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I love that I can click on each photo and see everything up close. The black gives the piece added emphasis and another layer of history. Everything ~ as always ~ is gorgeous, Dore!

I am just now getting around to painting my baker's rack. It's outdoors because the paint smell is so strong. Perhaps Mother Nature will add a few of her own touches to it! :)

Have a beautiful day, dear friend!

DD's Cottage said...

Absolutely gorgeous Dore-I love that you took two pieces and made the work together and the fish is stunning. Wow!

Victoria said...

Wow Dore, your cabinet is beyond beautiful! I can't even begin to imagine what you'd pay for something like that in a shop...probably in the $1,000's easily. Love the beadboard you added to the back too!

Anonymous said...

Dore, I absolutely love this beautiful piece of furniture you have created! The finish inspires a sweet peaceful feeling and I love it so much!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hello Dore!

What a lovely, lovely piece. I especially like how the top cabinet is slightly wider than the drawers below it - gives it a fun and unique look. And of course, you accessorize it perfectly. I hope all is well with you and know that you are often in my thoughts.

Big hugs always

Suz said...

I wish I had an identity with a beautiful design like yours. I can only appreciate from afar. Thank-you Dore for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Taking your time with this piece paid off beautifully.

time worn interiors said...

time well spent!

looks lovely!


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I'm back to revisit your amazing achievement. I love how you played with scale! Seeing the possibility of making the two different pieces reflect your aesthetic and masterfully worked your painting techniques to capture your vision.
It bounces off the darker floor and enriches your rural tonal whiteness chic. I am happy to see black rubbed in as I think it enhances softy the different layers of richness.
I appreciate and value your commitment in your passions and you enable us to dream and attempt to succeed in our own DIY furniture projects.
My brother is spending a long weekend with us and I've been knee deep in projects and trying to finish on time, work commitments. I guess I took my own advice to refocus and redirect my efforts and have been hectically/frantically trying to complete things.
I always find a visit to Burlap Luxe a time to soak in beauty and relax, thank you mon amie.

Rhonda said...

It's all about "entering a room" and that is what you created. Elegant beauty, as only you can create. I find such peace in your posts and I need not look further, everything I love is always right here.

Blessings to you sweet Dore.

helen tilston said...

Two castoffs receiving a new life, how beautifully your wording is. You are an artist in all facets.
Thank you Dore for sharing your knowledge and skill here.

Helen xx

La Contessa said...

You took your time and it paid off!
Lovely piece of furniture.............
I'm out the door now to set up for Remnants of the Past............XX

Beach House Living said...

I like the smaller cabinet as it leaves open space on each side. Beautifully done!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hello dear friend... What can I say. I believe this is probably one of my favorite pieces.. I love what your hands create, and my heart is always drawn to the old world look.. You always put such love and care into your work. Exquisite!
Enjoy your weekend

michele said...

what a beautiful marriage you have arranged here. i always find inspiration and aha moments when i pop over. for example, the switch out of the glass for the wood. oui. oui. i need to follow suit as i have always wanted to do this to my hutch. a project like that can seem daunting for me and so i wait and wait. but you and i both know it will be an amazing improvement. bravo on the finish you have achieved here. timeworn. hushed. lyrical even. how i would love to see your pieces in person. soon i will buy some of your art to make that dream come true. love to you, dore.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore,
First, I think it is impossible for you to create anything that is less than masterful.. You have a sense of personal style that is pure ~class~ and your gentle soul is visible in every piece..

It was such a joy to see you had come to meet little Abby... I understand your feelings about wanting a wee goat.. If I were on a farm, watch out.. I would need to have one of everything I believe.
Take care, sending you a big hug!

michele@Portlandia Vintage said...

You really created a wonderful piece. What fun and feeling of accomplishment. I expect you will enjoy this piece for many years to come.

Shabby soul said...

Marvelous Dore', the two seem to be together since a long time! You did a great job and your magical touch is absolutely unmistakable! Hugs

Unknown said...

My dear friend, it is amazing the decotaion love this wood art :)
Love and sea blessings

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

The love you put into this piece is really evident, Dore. Simply gorgeous!


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Liana said...

So beautifull !!!

Art and Sand said...

Oh my goodness - what a lovely cabinet!

must love junk said...

Dore, you blended these pieces together seamlessly! Looks like they were meant to be together...gorgeous!

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Sea Angels said...

Oh how lovely.. what insight to find both of those pieces and think to put them together in such an easy pleasing manner, your home is amazing, I love what you create.
Thank you for your visit, you put a smile on my face xxx
Hugs Lynn xxx

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh WOW Dore,
That looks AMAZING ….. and, I probably would never have thought to do that but, it's great to have the sides to display things. A brilliant idea and one that we can all do. Just have to find the furniture first !!!! I love the way that you've aged it too. That's such a good idea to add the black paint. I'm going to do that to a couple of my pieces ….. I'm always painting furniture and distressing it.
….. and, many thanks for your lovely comment today. XXXX