My daughter found this diamond in the (very-very-very) rough for me a few weeks ago.(She's a cardiac recovery nurse by day, but a junker with a keen eye on her time off) Now, for who-knows-why, someone had painstakingly covered all of the shelves in faux wood grained contact paper (Is that heinous, or what?!) and had painted the body of the piece a very bright..umm..I guess I will call it..caramel color. Pretty hideous overall. Anyway, that is what one might think at first glance.
Upon closer inspection, the piece had good lines. It was clearly originally an old armoir, but the doors were long gone, so it has these six wonderful cubbies. (look past the contact paper, people.) And the drawers...the drawers had been painted an off white at some point in time and they were chippied and rustic looking, which was the part of the piece that both my daughter and I loved most of all.(It's hard to tell in the photo, but the dark center is a cool vintage pull in a dark pewter patina metal.)
I took one of the drawers to my good ol' Home Depot and they color matched the paint. I came home and painted. And painted. And painted. I got most of the contact paper off, but it left the shelves sticky (there was a lot of mumbling under my breath at this stage of the "rejunkinating" as my friend Carol calls it.) I covered the sticky shelves with my old bookpages, natch.
Here's another angle, from inside...
In the end, it was all worth the effort. A lot of sanding, and this gem is a charming example of shabby charm at it's best. (Kind of Anthropolgie-meets-Rachel-Ashwell, no?) I know the photo isn't great, 'coz it was taken from outside the window....
Anyway, I love it. I love it so much I wish it could stay and live in my workroom for-evah.
*sigh* No such luck, though. It's just too perfect for the window display at Camas Antiques. And that is where it is now.