Friday, May 11, 2012

Mojo Restored, Part Two

I knew if my mojo came back good things could happen. This morning on a tip from my friend and neighbor Becky I darted out the door to an unadvertised estate sale (well, not advertised where I usually look anyway). I had to hurry because I was meeting a door salesperson at my house for an estimate around 10. I left my house at 9:38 and returned at 10:10 (no worries, I alerted the door guy I might be a few minutes late). I shop fast! I returned with this . . .
Yes, it's another chair. I know, my husband might kill me but I was drawn in by the x-bench. I mean, come on . . . it's an x-bench, people. 
They were selling it as a set so I just had to get both. Like I said, the bench pulled me in, but I like the size, shape and scale of the little club chair too. And it has cute little casters. 
Please ignore the dog hair on the rug. It's ever-prevalent right now as Zoe is shedding like crazy.
The upholstery while not horrible is not exactly what I'm going for and despite the photos where it looks almost pink and close to my rug color, it's actually more of a burgundy/garnet color. Oh, but where to put it? What fabric? Should I split them up or keep them together? Oh, such fun decisions!

Now, on to a little DIY project I've had going on over here. Behold, my new gold-leafed cabinet:
Just to remind you, here's what it looked like before:

As you may recall, I have been going round and round about what to do with this cabinet. I've always hated the red-toned wood stain especially against our orange-stained floors (which I will re-do at some point, mark my words). At first, I was going to paint it black, but then I thought I might paint my mantel black (which I'm still planning on doing, but wanted to do this first) so I didn't want them both to be black since they're in such proximity to each other. Then I thought about a creamy-white to match my molding but I wasn't sold on that idea either. Then, inspiration struck in the form of Worlds Away. Here's a photo of one of their cabinets . . . 

And my cabinet again. I'm really liking it!
Please don't look too closely as it is far from perfect, but I was kind of going for an aged gold look anyway. Not a fan of distressing or antiquing anything usually, I put a glaze on after I gold-leafed the whole cabinet (quite the ordeal, I assure you) and doors. Maybe my favorite part is how I took the glass out and sprayed it with this which I FINALLY found at my local Ace Hardware store:

It took it from clear glass to a mirror-like finish which conceals all the ugly components in my cabinet (see above). Brilliant. 

I hope everyone else's mojo is intact, and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

16 comments:

kira said...

It is indeed brilliant! Looks fab. Ah, the power of gold paint.. and the looking glass paint is a wonderful thing. :)

Kay said...

I so enjoy your ideas and look forward to what you will find next! And your enthusiasm is contagious!!! Kayii

ModFruGal said...

The cabinet looks great...I love the glass/mirror touch too. X stools can make us weak, it's meant to be...congrats!!

Melissa Crochet @ The Insane Domain said...

You are quite possibly the most lucky and the most creative person on the planet.

Interior Design Musings said...

So clever! Love the new look and did not know they made a product that you can put on glass to make is mirror like. Opened a whole new world for me, friend! M.

Andrea said...

It looks fabulous! I love the look of the glass too.

mb said...

You are so darn clever. Glad that you got your Mojo back. It is hard to do anything without it.
Great job.
Marybeth

Chateau À Gogo said...

Glad your Mojo is back. Love the find and cabinet looks great.

Chateau À Gogo said...

Glad your Mojo is back. Love the find and cabinet looks great.

Matt said...

Um, the remote control doesn't work as well since you painted the glass. Just sayin'

Erin said...

What?! That looking glass stuff is magical! Redo looks amaze, love the new chair set.

And black mantle to be? Yes.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Love the cabinet- the glass was genius.

I'd split the chair and ottoman up just because I love X benches under stools or at the end of beds over being a foot stool.

Can't wait to see you in a week!

Kim said...

Whoohooo! Love your new gold cabinet. It really dresses up that space. LOVE that mirror too!

birdsofafeatherdesign.com said...

NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE MIRROR PAINT! this could change my life...love your projects! -Ann

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SHERRY HART said...

Well...guess your mojo IS back...good scores on both! And gold leafing??? That took some time HUH??? I am intrigued about that mirror paint!