Monday, January 12, 2009

a fresh coat of paint

I disappeared for a few days...took a nice weekend trip "home" to see my parents. The kids always seem to enjoy a weekend away and since we stayed close to home during the holidays, we thought it would be a nice diversion from all the wet, cold, winter weather.

So now we're back...and I thought I'd share my latest completed project. I found this old store display case on craigslist. It is gigantic (over 7' long and 5' high) and barely fit down our basement stairs. Nor did it fit in our van. I really need to stop browsing craigslist...I am forever finding things I MUST have. Somewhere, though, in the process of renting a U-haul and inviting all the strong men in the neighborhood over for a night of heavy lifting, my husband almost disowned me. So I'll behave. I promise.

The cabinet was a bit of a mess. It had nasty glue all over the base (from the store linoleum I'm guessing) and needed some trim work in places. It is solid wood (mahogany I think) and took six jillion coats of paint (oh ok...three to be exact). But it's fantastic for fabrics. And some day when I finally get my way and we live in a crickety old house...it will be divine in our family room or office.

I've been busy sorting and folding, and stacking and throwing out. I've paired down my collection and organized it by color and/or season...with all the wovens to the left and the knits to the right. I can honestly say it was quite the fun afternoon for my OCD personality. I'm sure it will be a disaster in no time...but for now I am enjoying staring at the pretty piles of color.

I'd like to add in some decorative pretties as well. Need to rumage through my storage room and find a few lost treasures to incorporate!

Here's to starting the New Year off spiffy clean and ready to roll!

20 comments:

Amy said...

Oh Jenn!! It's heaven!!

Tara said...

That looks amazing. I lurve it!

Mandi said...

Ok, I love love love it! I think I just got finger prints all over my computer monitor just trying to touch it all! How wonderful!!

Shealynn Benner said...

Ahhhh! I am SO jealous!

~love said...

oh, i love it when not only does everything have its place, but it's also a pretty one!! =)

little pumpkin grace said...

Eye candy for sure!!
~Jessica

Mary said...

Jenn, I am literally green with envy. It looks fabulous and was definitely worth the work!

Kelley said...

Oh, I am in love with that piece! So jealous:)

Angel said...

Wow! Look at all of that fabric, it's a show piece for sure. You are the queen of painting. :)

~Angel

Jenn said...

That is beautiful! Just a bit jealous

Lala said...

Hi Jenn!!! OOOOO MYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOSH... ok... Am I GREEN with ENVY... or JEALOUSY??? Probably a bit of both... you have a "happy place"... right there in your basement!!! TOTALLY LOVE IT JENN!!!

Will you come shop MY CRAIGSLIST PLEASE????

Let's chat soon!

Love, Lala :o)

modkidboutique said...

AH! You're killing me here! I need that case so badly. I still haven't found proper storage for my Andalucia bolts. They're just stacked on the floor and it makes me sad every time I look at them. I'm green with envy right now!! Lovely fabric collection too...

The Wallace Family said...

i think my mouth started watering at the sight of all that perfection. great job!!!

Susan said...

Gorgeous. Nice find!!!!

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

What a gorgeous cabinet and selction of fabrics, how can you use them, they look so perfect folded in the cabinet!!

Blissful Nikki said...

WOW! This is amazing!! Will you come do mine now?! LOL

Kerrie said...

Hi! I discovered your blog clicking around on Twitter - oh my gosh, that case is AMAZING and that fabric... oh the fabric!!! DROOL!!
You are my new hero! :-D

colourdujour said...

just love your stash! what a wonderful way to keep it visable for inspiration. Do you like to play--sort, fold, do groupings, refold and so on with your stash? I sure do. peggyann
ps I tagged you for a challenge if you are interested. it's on my blog. and I can't remember if I've left you a message about it.

growingupgreen said...

Hi Jenn, I'm Jessie's sister and finally delurking. Your cabinet is beautiful. I'm envious of the cabinet and the stash!

carrie-EMAPhotography said...

oh my gosh you are so neat and organized! wow