Before I share the wardrobe, I have to confess that I have been completely distracted by my obsession with my upcoming trip to France and Italy. I very rarely use the word obsessed about anything, but it’s true. I have been engrossed, consumed, and beset with all things having to do with this trip. It’s where my daydreams drift and what I’m reading about and the topic of my phone calls and what I’m thinking about when I’m shopping or cooking or painting. The future beyond the trip is just a small blip on my radar right now. Everything else is about creative workshops in Barga and leather shopping in Florence and museums in Paris.
So, you have to just give me some latitude…
I do have something non-trip related to share today, though. Remember the antique German wardrobe I found at Gold Rush a couple of weeks ago? Well, it was delivered yesterday! In a nutshell, one of the big pieces on my shopping list was a wardrobe for the guest bedroom. I’ve been looking for one for almost a year and haven’t found anything that was just right. Everything was either too big, too small, not the right shape, not the right style or era or tone of wood.
I didn’t find anything at Gold Rush that was even close until I spotted an antique Swedish secretary desk. It wasn’t a wardrobe, but it was just the style I wanted. I spoke with the vendors and they happened to have a wardrobe that was just what I had been looking for. It is a beauty…
(Don’t mind the sliders under it. We used them to move the piece into the house and I haven’t removed them, yet.)
It is an 1800’s wardrobe from Germany with original mustard paint, applied in a “faux finish” wood grain pattern. The size and shape are just right for this room, so it fills up the space, but doesn’t overwhelm it.
The interior is pretty impressive, too. The configuration is just what I was looking for. It has hanging space on one side (either with pegs or a dowel), shelves on the other, and a drawer underneath. This gives all sorts of storage options.
You can see it’s held together by square wooden nails and hand-cut joints. And, the best part is that it’s solid as a rock. Some of these really old pieces can be rickety, but this doesn’t even have the tiniest shimmy.
It even had as a key that still works the lockbox inside. You can see this wasn’t the original hardware, but it’s still old.
I’m excited to finally have this big piece in place, so I can start giving this room some attention.
Of course, I’m planning on painting the walls, but I’m just not sure what color, yet, or if I might try some starched fabric or wallpaper or some other treatment. I am also planning to give the bed a makeover. I am still in love with this bed, but I’d like to paint the frame and reupholster the head and footboards to bring in more color and pattern.
These end tables are also not filling the space well, so I’m going to swap them out with a small dresser on one side and a desk on the other.
And, of course, that “boob light” is coming out. Next week, one of my “dad projects” will be installing this chandelier I bought at Junk Bonanza this spring. It’ll make a big difference in this space.
Of course, I’ll add curtains and art on the walls and a lot more personality, but the big pieces are in place and I have a general idea of the direction I’m heading.