On the heels of Halloween, one of our families favorite holidays, my latest project has been dubbed, "the coffin". It's laying on a table in my driveway now - seriously looking like it's waiting for someone to inhabit it (Jacob, Edward, Bill, Eric, Stefan, Damon.... any of you out there need a new home?). My boys want me to keep it to use Halloween night. My husband creaking the door open from it and jumping out at unsuspecting little creatures and tricksters of the night would sure be a hit.
Alas, the "coffin" can not stay in the driveway for a month and so it must begin it's transformation. It had a varnish or glosslayer on it that has been a challenge to remove. I have to sand it all down before I can start to paint.
I wish I had more info on this piece. I've had a hard time finding anything similar. Is is a wardrobe? closet? cabinet? It has shelves and hooks. I know it's old. It looks 1920s-1940s but some of the items I did find online were late 1800s, so I'm not sure. It's in great shape other than needing some cosmetic work. Heather came over and helped me reinforce the feet (it's quite a heavy item to have small feet but that's part of it's charm). Heather's toolbox is full of carpentry accessories. Heather says,
This (below) is the only item I could find (on etsy for $1,000) that resembled my piece, however, although shabbied, the one below is obviously a much newer item. The details on the piece I am working on are more delicate, rounded, and feminine, and the decoration on front will really pop once I have painted and distressed it.
So, stay tuned for the transformation of the coffin into a beautiful vintage tall wardrobe/cabinet...
The Mes Amis Vintage and Antique Show was a wonderful event (Sandy, formerly from Tattered House, was a lovely hostess). It was such a spectacular feast for the eyes that I won't muddy this post with too many words - mostly pictures...enjoy!
I looked at this dresser a few times, it's just that after packing the car with ALL my stuff, it's so hard to think about buying more and having to pack it when you are doing a double show weekend, but this was a great piece that I would have liked to own.
The sign above was made from coil wires.
This succulent garden was grown in a metal box. Both, great displays of using industrial-chic as an art (and functional) form.
Up and down the street and now back to our spot...
I finished this standing jewelry armoire Friday Night and sold it Saturday morning. It was a great piece!
Isn't it funny how some people just don't want their pictures taken? Mom (works at Leftovers in SF) and Diedre were looking cute in their aprons helping customers and as soon as my camera clicked, in unison, they both ducked under the table. This shot cracks me up!
And then there is me and Heather, more than happy to ham-it-up for the camera!Pack it up and let's it do it again tomorrow....