Remember my earlier post on a reclaim entertainment cabinet for a Minneapolis client?
That project is still on the workbench, but this one — a family room console — is another reclaim project for the same client. And it was finished first!
The client’s family/sunroom is long and narrow, and has an oversized coffee table that belonged to her mother. Its sentimental value rules, but it meant we needed a fairly shallow piece on the wall across from the table in order to hold her plasma-screen TV. While a wall-mounted version would have been optimal, the existing model was a fairly new purchase. So we needed to work with it!
My specs for Alan, the reclaim carpenter, called for adjustable shelves, and room on the bottom for the client’s file boxes. My ulterior motive? To get the collection of files out of her built-in bookcases, which I had already edited severely! That’s another post!
The client has a lot of inherited Frenchy furniture with curves (we’ve reupholstered with fairly modern fabrics as a counterpoint), so I wanted reclaim wood to balance some of the fussiness. Enter a pile of wainscoting that Alan salvaged from an old hotel in Duluth!
He pulled it out for inspection. Its raised areas would make for a beautiful cabinet casing! A heat gun stripped the peeling paint to reveal this gorgeous wood! I knew the curves would look like a vertical version of Barbara Barry’s gorgeous fluted cabinet for Baker Furniture. Love!Sleek Ikea “Orrnas” handles ($12.99 for two!) would update the wood, and look great with the modern fabrics, as well.
A coat of gel stain provided the base coat. Check out the wainscoting on the far left of the left side of this cabinet. That’s liming wax, one of my favorite finishes for open-grained wood. The lighter finish was the right choice for the other pieces in the client’s room, and I previously limed her mantel. (Again, that’s another post, yet to be written!)
Here’s the amazing Alan, whose work has been featured in previous posts. Check out the armoire-from-a-vintage door project, my favorite! That big smile is quite possibly thanks to the six of Fulton Brewing’s “Lonely Blonde” that rode along from Minneapolis. Alan likes his project tips in the form of craft beer!
The client’s family room is a long way from finished. Recently, we replaced an old and worn floor covering with a luxe and neutral-colored Hibernia wool carpet. I’ll shoot a picture of the console “in situ” once we’re done. Meanwhile, hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek. Happy Junking!