My first year as a vendor at the Lucketts Spring Market was quite the experience. It started raining Saturday afternoon and didn’t let up until Sunday afternoon. Everyone was soaked, booths were waterlogged and it was pretty much misery.
Sunday afternoon, though, the rain stopped and I had the opportunity to check out some other booths and score some real bargains. One of those bargains was a pair of glass doors with wood frames and really cool latches. I paid $40 for the pair.
They hung for years in my dining room, flanking the archway that leads to the home office. (I couldn’t find a better picture of them hanging in the dining room, but you can see them on the right.)
When we refinished the floors, took down the curtains and generally lightened things up, I removed the doors and kept them in my basement. My “rule” is to not keep something unless I have the perfect spot for it, but I just didn’t want to let go of these doors, so I broke that rule.
And I’m glad I did.
One of my editors at HGTV.com asked for some ideas for building projects, so I pitched the idea of building a new cabinet around reclaimed doors.
And I had just the doors to do it…
Here’s how it looked before it was painted and finished…
I decided to stain the wood prior to painting it (technique shown HERE), so it would tie into the doors when the paint was distressed, giving it more of a feeling of age. I also beat up the wood, to give it texture. The exterior is painted in MMSMP Ironstone.
I heavily distressed the piece where natural wear happens on over the years..
Just ask Kriste… I was a little skeptical at times, because I was really experimenting with this finish, but it ended up looking great. I love the gnawed-edges I created. Yes, on purpose.
I found an almost identical pair of latches on eBay, since these are missing their catch, and I’ll install those when they arrive.
I painted the interiors in a really pretty custom color. I wish I could give the formula, but I just mixed in the paint until I liked it. It was a mix of Grain Sack, Layla’s Mint and Kitchen Scale.
I live about 2 miles from one of the best farm stands in PA and apples and pears are now in season and “in the bins”. So, I loaded up on them along with some apple jelly for the shoot (and snacks, pie, baked apples.)
I told Jeff the other day that living here has ruined all other apples for me.
I just turned in the tutorial for this cabinet today, but I’ll let you know when it’s live on the HGTV.com site.
After the photo shoot, Kriste and I did some shopping for The Market on Chapel Hill (October 3, 2015 in Pike Road, AL) and we found some great stuff.
More on that soon…