I made an exception for season two of Downtown Abbey. I had to rely on digital rabbit ears and thirty feet of cable to get it out of the basement so I could tune in every week. It will be a long wait for season three.
So I think I was channeling a bit of Downtown Abbey when I thought of dressing up this plain old table.
It fills the narrow wall nicely, but the top is too small. In my stash of unfinished/unstarted projects, I have several of these old cabinet doors.
I also found this old light fixture at ReStore.
They had two of these. I go to ReStore every Friday after work (my idea of TGIF happy hour), and every week for the past month it's mate is still there.
What a pity.
I removed the chain, wiring and light socket and used a combination of gold craft paint and Rub 'n Buff to bring back its luster. Let's see how our misfits cleaned up.
I removed the old door handle and filled the holes with wood putty, then repainted the entire door with my favorite bronze craft paint. I pulled a second door pull from another cabinet door on hand and painted them with bronze craft paint too. The stuff sticks to just about anything.
I love the details of the light-fixture-turned-into-lantern, especially the seeded glass. I can't bring myself to buy the cheap stuff made in China you find in most chain stores.
I love battery operated LED candles for my lanterns, especially the ones that run on four-hour timers. They'll run for months on a couple of AA batteries.
Originally, I had this bowl filled with decorative balls on this table top. I moved it to the lower shelf and added my DIY moss balls.
Someday, I'll have to show you how I made the textured bronze balls. I'll save that for another post.
I added a tiny bell for when I want to call the maid, and my vignette is complete.
Update: I've been in denial until tonight, but Google Friend Connect is going way tomorrow. Google didn't pay one bit of attention to all my pouting. I'm still undecided what I am going to do to replace it. (I'm going through an anti-Facebook phase). For now, I've added one of those nifty RSS subscriber buttons to the right. If that's your thing, I hope you click it to continue following me.
I think I'm going to make a pan of brownies now.