Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Duck Egg Bookcase/ Console

In the spirit of my latest posts, I thought I would share some random photos as well as my furniture redo today!  I love random.  I thrive on random, non-sensical ways of doing things.  So here's a couple of glimpses from the last couple of days...

Monday I had the pleasure of meeting Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design in person!  We had an awesome time thrifting together in Harrisburg, PA.  Neither of us found anything wonderful, but we had a yummy lunch and good conversation.  The beauty of blogging is that when you technically meet someone in person for the first time, you feel like you are visiting an already-friend!  Julia is beautiful, funny, talented and sweet, and I am really happy to have gotten to know her even better.  Here we are just before heading back to our own homes.  Isn't she gorgeous?


If you haven't visited her blog, you need to.  Take a little peak inside her home....
Ikea Strandmon, grey horizontal striped curtains, grey Overstock rug

And since I didn't find any furniture while out with Julia, I stopped at my local thrift shop and picked up these chairs.  They are almost done and I am hoping to share them tomorrow if all goes well!  Clearly you can see I've already recovered the seats with lighthouses and sailboats.  Just kidding.  Unless you like that sort of thing in which case I was dead serious.


And last week when I was at the thrift shop I spotted this sofa for $25.  If I had a place for it I would have snatched it up so quickly.  I don't, so instead I just snapped a pic and admired it.  I loved its shape, tufting, and funky green color.


When I returned home on Monday, it was 45 and sunny, so I took this guy out.  Spring was in the air and he was happy.... can you tell?

Oh, how I love my Jake!

Anyhow, now onto the furniture makeover.  I found this piece last week and LOVED its shape and details...

It had beautiful details but they were hidden in the drab painted brown finish.  And yes, I brought it into my heinous kitchen to paint.  Lovely floors, huh?  I am on a major Duck Egg chalk paint kick, so I gave it two coats of that.  Once it dried, I used a wet rag to distress it.... You rub it on the areas you want work just as you would with sandpaper, but it gives a more natural look.  Finally, I used a wax brush to apply clear wax it and then buffed it.... and voila!  I just love its curved shape!  What a versatile piece!
Oh, and I had plans to stage it beautifully, but it was freezing and windy, so sorry!  Didn't happen!








This piece will be available at the barn sale in just a couple weeks! :)  Now, I am headed in to Emmy's class for the morning and then going to attempt a R.I.P.P.E.D. class with a friend at the gym.  If you never see another post from me again, you will know that I did not survive the butt-kicking I am about to receive.  Happy Wednesday!

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60 comments:

Feral Turtle said...

What a transformation. It was so drab looking before. Hard to believe it's the same piece! Gorgeous.

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

Hi Cassie,
Always love seeing our bog smile and bright blue eyes.
The sofa is amazing, you should have bought it cause that is so cheap! In Australia it'd cost $500 plus. Love your little cabinet, gorgeous paint job
Take care
Fiona xx

Laura Janning said...

Wow that sofa was a steal!! You have now motivated me to paint something duck blue...thank you very much as I don't have enough projects going on!! :) How awesome for you to meet another blogger- that's what I love about you. A friend to everyone. Now when are you driving to N.Ga to have lunch with me?

PS- now go kick butt!!
Laura

Jaime Costiglio said...

Cassie it's so pretty, perfect for a nursery with lots of wicker baskets in the shelves. I love how you're working in your kitchen now, make it easy on yourself, so smart.

uniquelyyoursormine.com said...

Ok... That green sofa was awesome! I sooo love the new buffet in Duck Egg, I wish I had it for sure! - Susan

~ rooms FOR rent ~ said...

WOW!! That came out awesome!! Such a great job.. love the look it gave the piece! You totally rock, I should have you come here and paint some pieces for me!
p.s. glad you got the sign!!! EEK!
~Bre

SmithShack71 said...

You brought it back to life!
Nice job.

-Angie

Julia Konya said...

Oh haha, I wrote the same stuff about you. Thanks so much for the kind words Cassie. I can't wait to see your finished chairs. I'm still haven't found anything.
Love that Jake's puppy nose :) What a sweet face

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Thanks for the "happy" this a.m., Cassie ~ may the force be with you. ;-)
xo Heidi

Faye Libler said...

Love, love, love it! Awesome!

Faye

Jennifer Bridgman said...

Oh, I LOVE that sailboat fabric you chose! heehee... But seriously, that couch, oh my gosh, for $25 I would find a place, any place, for it! I'm such a sucker for tufting like that.

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

Such a beautiful color. I love the piece!! What kind of clear wax do you use?

Rebecca said...

Where was that sofa??!!! For that price, I could totally pay someone to reupholster it, not for the store, but for ME!! :) And, you know I love the Duck Egg!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Something tells me you can take on that RIPPED class!
I can't believe how fast you get projects done….seriously. You blow my mind. Love this newest piece, so cool!

Jenny said...

Girl, you have mad skills, not to mention that you seem to have such reasonably priced furniture to snap up and redo! Everything I see is terribly overpriced, and it just aggravates me to no end! I'm hoping that once garage sales start up that I'll find things that are a bit more reasonable. Love the detail at the top of this piece that shows through - so pretty!

Angela Santaniello said...

If you could just go back and pick up that sofa and drive it up here to MA that would be great. ;) Seriously, you are so lucky to find such great pieces. The thrifted furniture has been pathetic here lately.

Angela

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Sounds like a lot a fun. I love the blue you used. I love R.I.P.P.E.D it's my favorite work out class. It's super tough but I feel great after it. Hope you love it.

Between Blue and Yellow said...

No need for staging, it looks beautiful as is! And you so should have grabbed that green couch and brought it down to me :)

Dana Frieling said...

$25! Ok, really, did it smell like cat pee? ha! Beautiful work and I love the detailing around the edge. I hope someone snags this one up real quick.

Cathy Wall said...

How fun to meet a blog friend! The bookcase is darling in the blue and I can't wait to see the chairs! I am off to "Bosu Playground" where I too will get my butt kicked!

The Far Fifty said...

I love this piece, the shape is really cool. We had kitchen floors like that too, except ours were blue.

Nancy said...

How great to meet another blogger, I love doing that! Wish we could just all convene somewhere central and just have a happy hour or something! You two are adorable. Love your score and paint job. Good luck with the class! waiting to hear how it went!
xo Nancy
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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh, I love the curves and color on that bookcase! And that green sofa is pretty dark cool too! Have fun at the gym!!!

Renee said...

I love this piece of furniture...quickly trying to think of where I could use it!! I love the color, the style, everything, but ... no place to put it.

DecorandtheDog said...

Jake makes me smile.

As do blog friends turned real life friends.

I'm digging that wet rag business. I'm such a weenie when it comes to distressing. I hate "messing up" my paint job but I always love the look of distressed things.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

That "piece" is a treasure. You are a magic maker! Wow!
I'm really excited about working with that wet rag technique on our dining chairs...wish us luck.

Bliss said...

Like the duck egg cabinet, that turned out really nice, it's a unique piece, and I need that couch in a love seat size to stick in the field for photos this spring.

Bliss

Melissa Skidmore said...

LOVE that piece of furniture! I am a big fan of Duck Egg as well. I like that it gives a little color, but is still so neutral. As for the butt-kicking, I hope you survived! I just returned to my personal trainer this morning after giving myself a couple of months off - I am not sure if I am going to be able to walk tomorrow! I better get a lot done today! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

Vintage Prairie Style said...

love the randomness as well and love the buffet!
keya

pam {simple details} said...

A big dose of beauty over here today: You and Julia!
That green sofa!
Your furniture redo!
And, of course, Jake!

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Not having that green sofa for $25 hurts me. Physically. I happen to be in the market. Your redo is fantastic! (of course) And Jake... oh, Jake. :)

Ali Richardson said...

SO fun meeting bloggy friends. I think you and I know a thing about that ;)
Love that pretty blue console. I want to fill all of those cubbies with milk glass!!!
xoxo

Andrea said...

I want that sofa!!! That is exactly what I picture in my head (and unfortunately unable to find in any of my thrift shops here) in my hunt for a sofa!!! Why can't I live closer to MD???? :-)

amber-wills said...

I can't believe that sofa was $25. That's crazy cheap! This is why I am a hoarder.

amber-wills said...

I can't believe that sofa was $25. That's crazy cheap! This is why I am a hoarder.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

That sofa is a honey for sure! And I love the color you picked for the console!

Rita said...

so excited to see the final reveal of this piece. I love it!!! That Duck Egg warms the heart everytime :)

Twice Nice said...

Love that bookcase! I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I still lived out your way!

Ali of Dressing Ken said...

This looks just great! I wish I was more skilled in this type of thing or more crafty--all my skills on the computer. I could probably pull of the painting and possibly the distressing but not sure about the rest of it! : o

Ali of

www.dressingken.com

Jane Craske said...

CRUMBS! What a vision you have. I never would have picked that piece up and now I am desperate for it C:

Holly Browning said...

Excellent job on the book case and good luck in RIPPED! I have been taking R-A-W...ouch!

Gretchen said...

Wait! A wet rag took the paint off? how does that work? I am all about an alternative to sanding for distressing stuff, though--tell me more! at any rate, it looks great. And that sofa! wow.

Lisa said...

It's beautiful Cassie! I was inspired to order a can of Duck Egg for my next project! :) (and I have two puppies that look like yours!)

17 Perth said...

I think Jake has a little piece of my heart---haha. And you are BOTH beautiful. Can I say I am OBSESSED with her deer pillow! haha. Love it. And I need to go thrifting with you. I am beginning to think the area I live in does not have deals under $50!

Upscale Downhome said...

Seriously you are a painting machine...

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

What an unusual, great piece! It turned out beautiful. And Jake is a cutie! :)

Catherine said...

WOW! That couch is amazing! And $25, you'd never get it for that here :(

I love the bookcase, such a lovely colour!

Rubylicious Bespoke said...

What a beautiful little piece, it doesn't need staging, it's gorgeous as is. And that couch...$25, seriously! What a bargain.
Alison x

Erica | cupcakes and coffee breaks said...

Wow, what a DIY on that little wooden shelf! It looks so great!

Allison said...

What A great photo of you and Julia. Both of you are beautiful. Great job with the chairs and the console! that duck egg is a pretty color. Jake is the cutest!!

Allison@FabRehab said...

This entire entry made me smile! Two gorgeous ladies, a happy pup and a drop dead gorgeous piece of furniture! Love it!

Kristen said...

OMG I've wanted to get my hands on some Chalk Paint and I'm loving the color you chose! Looks great. Thanks so much for the sweet comment about my house today on Dressing Ken. Your blog is lovely.

May Hussein said...

such a beautifully painted piece! I love that color! Let us know how that Ripped class went :) I work in my kitchen all year round because i'm afraid of the bugs when the weather is nice, lol....
Thanks for stopping by the other day! :)

Good Time Charlie said...

I love that couch, there must have been something terribly wrong with it, like when you sat down, you went straight through to the floor. I can't believe it was only $25! Love that piece of furniture you did in the Duck Egg. You are so lucky, you have far better choices in old furniture there than we do out West. My friend is a Ripped Coordinator, she was big in setting this up in the West. She is really, really ripped. And nope, I haven't ever gone to one of her classes!

Courtney said...

Sailboats and lighthouses could catch on...couldn't they?! They'd fit in a random-ey house for sure ;-) looking forward to seeing how they turn out for real!
Will try your wet rag technique one if these days when I get to do a piece for myself, love it and sounds so easy!! X

Jaime Lyn said...

I officially need to get out my duck egg blue and get printing! Ohhh sooo perfect!
Jaime

Suzan Sweatman said...

I get so envious of the deals you guys get in the States - 25.00 for that sofa, seriously?
Here in Montreal that just wouldn't happen!
And what a gorgeous job you did on the console - as usual - you knocked it right out of the park!
Big hugs,
Suzan

michele said...

i have a serious crush on this duck egg beauty. awesome badawesome job!

michele

Kelly said...

Awww sounds like so much fun thrifting with Julia! We are gonna shop SO HARD when you're here. No stone will be left unturned.

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