Sunday, November 15, 2009

~ Project Completed! ~

For the past few months my husband has been working on a big project for me and today it is finally done! Our 25th Wedding Anniversary is on Tuesday and this is the perfect gift, thank you dear! I have named it the Folkart Cabinet. The line you see behind the heart is actually a lamp chain that hangs down against the wall in the corner.
Here's how it began:
Here is my husband:
I designed the cabinet from elements taken from basically three other cabinets I've seen. Here it is before the doors had hinges:
Nice roomy drawer:I saw an olde cabinet with a heart in the middle of the backsplash in a popular book and it was the inspiration for the backsplash on my cabinet.The shape at the bottom was inspired by yet a different cabinet I saw in a picture.It was painted with two coats of flat black then heavily sanded then hand rubbed with Tudor Brown Briwax. I found the Briwax really difficult to work with so I'm sure I wasn't doing something right and I'm sure I put on too much. This picture was taken with the camera flash on:
This picture was taken with the camer flash off:Here is a close-up of the finish:
The roomy drawer houses all of my candle supplies along with tarts and tealights.Lots of storage with room to spare:It sets in the corner of the family room where my chippy white sideboard sat. The hanging window is still suspended above. I've always had a "thing" about empty corners and I've had that window there for many years.
The chain that hangs down the back in the corner is from this chandelier that hangs above the area. Someday I hope to have a primitive tin light fixture here:I've moved some Autumn decor from the sideboard onto the Folkart Cabinet:
But this week I'll be putting that all away then cleaning everything to make it gleam in preparation for the Christmas decorating I'll be doing the day after Thanksgiving. I've been tempted to start now but I'm such a creature of habit so that's the plan.

I'm gonna go and watch the NASCAR race now, there's only one left this season after today. I sure do miss the races during their off season.

Have a great rest of your Sunday and a wonderful week!

22 comments:

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

What a great present and a labour of love!! Beautiful cabinet and I love the window too!

basketsnprims said...

Janet ~
Your cabinet turned out just beautiful. It is primmed up perfectly ~ worn in all the right places. I just love it. What a wonderful gift.
hugs,
Pam

big city prims said...

Looks wonderful~ fabulous gift-- and perfectly primmed.

Black Sheep Lisa said...

Janet the cupboard looks great!

cynthialeedesigns said...

Janet,
Love the cabinet!! Prim perfect!!

~Cindy~

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

What a great cabinet. You both did a terrific job. I especially like the way you have primmed it up.

I have tried to find Briwax and cannot find it anywhere.

Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog.

Maxine

Kris ~ Simply Prim said...

Your cabinet looks fabulous, Janet!! I love the finish on it! Not a fan of Briwax, huh? It does take a little elbow grease, but just think positive - it's a great workout!! LOL Doesn't it feel amazing, though? I also love how you have it displayed! Very nice!

Take care,
~Kris~

PrimdollsbyNancy said...

Janet, What a beautiful cabinet...I love how you finished it also....Happy Anniversary!

Constance said...

What a beautiful present. Happy anniversary.

Wanda/Ridge Farm Nesting Place said...

Love your cabinet! Perfectly prim and a perfect anniversary gift!! Your design of the cabinet is awesome and love the window hanging above.
Have a wonderful anniversary :)

Wanda

Lisa said...

BEAUTIFUL ~ It looks great!!

Carla said...

I love your new cabinet! Happy Anniversary. What a great treasure you have to remember it by. Love how you've displayed it, too.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Just beautiful, I love how you distressed it and of course the black is so prim.
Rondell♥

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Happy anniversary and congratulations on a true gift from the heart! It's beautiful. Have a great week, Dawn

Cinnamon Berry Lane Primitives said...

OMG it turned out perfect! and extra storage place is always a plus. have a Happy Anniversary. Blessings,Leah

Jenny said...

Happy 25th Anniversary! I love your new prim cupboard, what a sweet husband you have!
OK ok..... do you have a favorite Nascar driver??? Do tell!!

Jenny

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Great job, you two! That's a beautiful piece!!!

kathy said...

I really love your new cupboard, what a great job...I think the finish is wonderful!! Will look forward to seeing your Christmas pics ~ blessings, kathy

ctlogcabin said...

Hi Janet ~~
Happy 25th Anniversary to you & Don !! What a handsome guy...plus he builds...and if I remember correctly he also cooks...okay he is a keeper for sure. lol You two make a great good looking couple, that works well together. :-)
Love your cupboard....and the finish is great...I also find working with Briwax difficult...and black in my opinion is a hard color to make look good.... you did good. I use a damp rag when applying the wax that helps a little.
Enjoy your new Treasure.
Hugs ~ Connie xox

At Home With Amy said...

I love everything about your cabinet. Just beautiful.
Hugs,
AMY

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

What would we do without those guys? Happy Anniversary to you both. You look too young to be married 25 years! Forget Oil of Olay ~ love and happiness must be the secret of youth! Love love love the cabinet, the color is wonderful. Enjoy today and hope your doing something special tomorrow.

Blessings and hugs ~ Jenn

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

OH MY!! HOW DID I MISS THIS JANET??!! It came out soooo nice! What a sweet collaboration between you and hubby. It will become an heirloom keepsake for your 25th anniversary! How kewl is that?

Enjoy it together in health for many many years to come!!