Sometimes I wonder what possesses me to buy a piece of furniture! I see it on craigslist, usually late at night, and it seems like a good idea at the time, but then my dad delivers it to the studio and I realize I was, shall we say…optimistic.
Such was the case with the wardrobe that was much boxier and, well…pink, than I expected.
It even came with some freebies inside like coat hangers and a pair of leather boots. Kriste and I were laughing about the boots, but they were actually really nice and we thought they might fit her husband. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but Dave got a new pair of free leather boots out of the pink-wardrobe-deal.
We first painted the piece in a couple coats of MMS Milk Paint in Grain Sack, but it looked really boxy. Like, just a big ‘ole white box. So, I added some Farmhouse White to the trim to give this box some dimension. That did the trick.
I lightly distressed the paint around the edges and left it unfinished. I didn’t want to distress it too heavily, because I really didn’t want that pink to see the light of day again.
It turned out simple and pretty.
I knew I would want to display the wardrobe with the door opened, so the inside needed to be cleaned up and painted. There was a makeshift rod inside that I removed, so the row of old hooks could be appreciated. I had my dad install a couple of removable shelves, so it could have a variety of uses – a coat closet, a storage closet, a wardrobe for clothes or linens, etc.
The interior was painted in Lucketts Green, which is a happy surprise in contrast to the quiet exterior.
Given that I thought I was slightly crazy for buying this piece, I think it turned out pretty well!
One of my friends/pickers found the pretty crochet bedspread last week for me. I was on the hunt for one to dress the antique iron bed I’m going to set up in my space at the Lucketts Spring Market. I’ve never styled a bed at a market before, so I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve been gathering quilts and other linens to make the bed look room-ready and nap-worthy…
…which might be tempting at the end of a long day at Lucketts!