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I have a confession – I love to shop! For me, it used to be a clothing thing (and still is to some degree), but since beginning this blog, I’d say I now mostly shop for things home related. And, like most women, I have my favorite places to shop! At one of my go-to shops they don’t have cash registers and only deal in cash. If you don’t have cash, the nice shop owner will just write sold on the item you wish to buy and wait for you to come back another day to claim it. There are handmade treasures to be found there – treasures made without a Kreg jig or Ryobi drill – no electricity or modern tools at this shop. Over the years, I’ve found some wonderful things at this shop. The barn door I turned into a sign above my sofa, the old door I used to make into a message center, the dresser turned into a cottage style buffet in my dining room and many more! Last week I stopped by to see what the inventory was like. And, look what I found.
As soon as I pulled up, I spotted this piece. As you can see, it’s in pretty rough shape – as are most things I find at this particular shop – but sometimes they can be redeemed with just a little elbow grease. I looked it over and it seemed to be a well made piece and worth saving! I continued to look around a bit and the shop owner came out to greet me. I asked him what this piece of furniture was or what was it used for. As he often does, he laughed at me like -“can you believe she doesn’t know what this is”! He told me “It’s a victrola! You know, there was a handle that you turned and it played music” (I guess he didn’t know that I DID know what a victrola was!). He said they used to have one in his school classroom when he was young and if it was a rainy day, the students got to take turns playing music.
I asked him the price and after some debate, we agreed on my price. I brought the victrola cabinet home that day. As you can see in the picture, someone along the way removed the phonograph parts. I looked on the internet to find the age of this particular model and found that it dates to 1920. Here’s what it would have looked like in it’s original condition.
I do have the lid, but actually liked the look of the piece better without the dome-shaped lid. I made a new top for the cabinet from plywood cut to size. After a really good cleaning, it was time to make this victrola cabinet into something that can be used today!
Since this piece was in pretty rough shape with some surface scratches, I decided to use Maison Blanche La Chaux French Lime Paint – it is a thicker consistency than normal paint or chalk type paint and one coat covers a lot of those imperfections – plus, no sanding or priming is required! I took a small step out of my gray and white comfort zone and chose the color Lord Anson – a cool blue shade.
One thing you should know about the La Chaux paint – it always looks darker when wet or in the can. The first time I used this product, I was afraid I received the wrong color, because it looked so much darker than what was on the paint color chart. But, trust me, when you choose a color from the color chart, that is the color you will get when the paint dries! I painted the inside and entire outside of the cabinet with the La Chaux paint.
Then, I decided to highlight the cabinet’s curves with white – for this I used Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in the color Magnolia.
I really liked the idea of hand painting some detail on the cabinet doors, but ended up picking up a lace stencil at AC Moore (Stencil Ease – Milanese Lace) to use instead of hand painting – so much less stress!
Finally, I used Maison Blanche Lime Wax in “Chalk White” for the finishing touch. Oh my, this was the first time I used the Lime Wax and I love the result! It works the same as a regular clear wax, but has white chalk in it. It adds almost a veil-like
I’m so happy with how this makeover turned out with the help of Maison Blanche Paint Company. If you’d like to see more of their product line, you can visit their website HERE.
Now, if you’d like to see more paint transformations, stop over and visit my friends to see their fabulous projects!
Debbie of Refresh Restyle
Bliss of Bliss Ranch
Shayna of The Wood Grain Cottage
Karin of Art is Beauty
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