Vintage maven and executive editrix Ki Nassauer generously commissioned the makeover piece in late summer. The requirements: to give an old piece of furniture a new purpose, using vintage details, and spring-like color.
The hunt was on! This is what I found:
This music cabinet was purchased from Jan Berg of Summerspell at the Gathering of Friends fall sale at Bachman’s in Minneapolis. Love those cabriole legs! My plan called for removing the fixed doors and facia board, adding a dry sink area for an ice bucket and a fabric board to hold drink recipes. First stop was to the TLC’s, where Alan, the Talented Local Carpenter, worked his magic. Alan did the woodworking, including retrofiting the cabriole legs with vintage copper casters I raided from a curbside discard.
This silver chafing dish lid is one of a pair that’s been sitting on my workbench for more than a year. Once screwed to the side of the cabinet, it made a great towel holder. I love the drysink area, which looks as if it’s covered in vintage tin. It’s actually a plastic lookalike backsplash tile from Home Depot, perfect for any ice or moisture from the countersunk, hammered aluminum ice bucket I found at a rummage sale for $1!
A coat of orchid paint, then distressed, and some “Paradise Garden” Amy Butler fabric complemented the cart’s girly, cabriole legs. Here she is under the practiced lens of Adam Albright, who shot this and several other spreads for the magazine in Des Moines this past fall!
More of my sketch that the TLC’s handiwork brought to life: Two rows of “glides” allow stemmed glasses to hang, leaving space underneath for tumblers. One great detail not visible in the magazine picture, because of the angle? Salvaged vintage mirrors line the back of the cabinet, and behind the shelf area in front of the drysink on the right side. Love that!
So belly up to the bar with a refreshing libation and a copy of the latest issue of Flea Market Style! You’ll find directions for this beauty at “the back of the book,” as it’s called in magazine lingo!
Not interested in building your own? I’ll be selling this one for Ki at our Mother’s Day Market, May 12-13, at the Smith Douglas More House in Eden Prairie!