I find my furniture-loving eye lately enjoying more primitive and humble pieces than I did even just a year ago. There was a time that anything curvy and flouncy stopped me in my tracks, but now I love more simple lines and looks that are a bit more casual. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good turned leg and appreciate the curves of a bergere chair, but there is something about simple pieces, that can even be a bit crude in their construction, that tugs at my heartstrings.
Take this little “cubby shelf”… When it was brought to my studio, I looked at it and said, “A man clearly built that.” Many men build beautiful things, but it was obvious to me that this was built by a man who needed a shelf, probably in his garage or workshop, and banged this one together.
I can picture his wife, looking at it with her hands on her hips, lips pursed. “Very nice, honey. I think you should put some paint on it or something, though.” The man obliges and paints some battleship gray on just the most visible parts of the shelf. “There. Now it’s painted.”
Maybe this shelf has a totally different story, but that’s the one I imagine.
We painted it in three coats of Farmhouse White (the wood really soaked up the paint). It chipped in some places, mostly where it seemed something oily had been stored or spilled. We roughed up the edges a little as well and sealed everything with matte Tough Coat.
It could be a stand-alone shelf, but it really works best as a hutch-top of sorts. For this photo shoot, I paired it with a table painted in Grain Sack.
The table was actually one we painted before, but it wasn’t really “playing nice” with the other things we had to take to Lucketts…
…so, we painted it all in Grain Sack to give it a cleaner, fresher look that blends a little better with everything else we have for the market.
As I started collecting things to style the piece, it turned into a pretty “laundry room”. You know, one without plastic laundry baskets, boxes of detergent, dirty clothes, and actual washers and dryers!
The box is a heavy metal crate with latches on the lid and “lebensmittel” stenciled on the front. It means “food” in German. I knew “leben” meant “live” and the word was familiar, but I had to look it up in the end.
It was really dirty and rusty, so we cleaned it up and sealed it, inside and out, with Tough Coat.
Now, I wouldn’t store food in it, but at least it’s clean and could be functional for some sort of storage.
It was a beautiful weekend, which I took advantage of to get the yard cleaned up a bit. Something about the sunshine and warm air has me even more motivated than usual to get in the studio and get some more things knocked out for the upcoming market.
Just to clarify, since Lucketts has a lot of different sales happening, I will be at the Lucketts Spring Market, May 20, 21 & 22, 2016. I’ll share more details about when, but I will be there all three days along with all of the stuff I’ve been sharing about over the past few weeks.