I have not forgotten the tutorial for the Gustavian armoire. My fever addled brain hadn't allowed much leeway for cognizant thinking, so I have a massive amount of catching up to do! I won't even know what I have forgotten until I remember it!
I have missed you so very much, my friends! I really have. Come to think of it, I have missed myself! LOL! That pneumonia knocked me on my keister! After my last post I thought I was getting better but it was actually the calm before the storm!
Handsome Husband's arm is healing too. That is the last time he arrests someone at the top of a long flight of stairs! Gravity is such a harsh mistress! I guess there's probably a reason they call them a flight of stairs?
The thing is, the armoire didn't work in the Breakfast Room. It was too big. I had to say goodbye. Gosh, I loved that armoire. Moved it into every room downstairs to no avail. It couldn't stay. I learned another Craigslist lesson, however; Don't assume the seller measured correctly! Bring your own measuring tape! The armoire was just too wide for the wall. As you may know, I have a sickness for armoires. There is no known cure. Alas, I endure, (as does Handsome Husband. Boy Oh Boy, does he endure! ).
I would like to introduce to you, a piece of furniture that is NOT an armoire! You will never guess where I found it! Um. Yes you will. Craigslist!
Handsome Husband says it looks like an armoire. You think he'd understand the difference by now. My chandeliers are still patiently waiting to be hung.The Breakfast Room chandelier is Venetian, with lots and lots of crystals!
*GASP* The wall above the clock looks so bare! Blank spaces make me hyperventilate! Open expanses are for Modernists...and livestock. I must remedy this. We actually have so few walls in this "open concept" home that I really tend to overdo it with the walls we do have. I am trying to work with the house. It can be a challenge, however.
Listening to me complain, one might get the idea that I am not as grateful for my many blessings as I should be. I agree. Thanks for reminding me. I am so very blessed and I LOVE this house!
The hall lights will all be replaced with Moravian star chandeliers. There are eight! It will be so stunning to have them all in a sparkling row through the hallways! My animal friends take precedence over things like electricians, though... :)
I'm not even going to paint this! I can't move it on my own, anyhow. I think it is made of white dwarf star matter! So very heavy!
But, if I were to paint it, it may resemble something like this. I said IF!
I'll probably paint it. We all know this. *nods head* We do.
I bought this swan keyhole escutcheon on ebay. It's from France! (In my best Pepe La Pew voice)...I think I will add it to the front with a faux key pull...No?
...and these laurel escutcheon keyhole covers for the drawers...
The only addition I made so far was the finials. They were a gift from a dear friend years ago. The piece is 95" tall and the finials make it almost as high as the ceiling! The spot it is in had a builder's desk and cabinets that matched the kitchen cabinets. I removed them the second day after we moved in. It isn't a large space and it's awkward. So awkward...and lopsided looking, because of the hallway on one side and the railing on the other...there is no sense of balance.
Do you love it as much as I do?
See the papier mache shoes that my friend Anita, from the blog Castles, Crowns and Cottages created? Dearest Anita! I have not forgotten you!
This corner was quasi-difficult to fill! I had a cabinet and a mirror there, originally. However, with a mirror and a table around the corner, it looked like a furniture warehouse. Then the Gustavian armoire, too big. Now, I think I finally have a happy ending to this story!
Here is a view of the Sunroom, which is on the other side of the Breakfast Room table...the urn is where we put our Christmas Tree! That way the cats (I'm looking at YOU, McGillicuddy!) cannot climb up and knock the tree over! It has a plastic five gallon bucket and a dozen bricks in it, waiting for Christmas! The ginormous birdcage behind the settee was a Craigslist find. Betsy, I know I am not supposed to block the window but this house has no walls and I really like stuff around me. I think I mentioned that already.
Wait until you guys see what I am doing with the opening between the Family Room and Music Room! It consists of a dozen panel doors from Lowe's, half a dozen closet doors and trim! I got the idea from Greet, at Belgian Pearls Blog! I am saving $4,800 with this plan!
Now, I am off to visit your blogs!