Heather's Gift

Two years ago my friend Heather was moving to Boston and asked me if I’d like this cupboard that had been in her basement for awhile.  She had warned me that it was in need of some serious TLC, but you know me…. furniture, TLC….sigh, I love a challenge! Little did I know though, that this piece would be one of my greatest make over’s. At least as far as before and after goes.

There was a lot of prep work that had to be done to this piece.  We had to remove the back, the inside bottom piece and replace them both with new wood. We had to add new shelves because the old ones were warped and had to replace the weathered hard ware. We scraped loose paint, than primed the entire piece, twice. But after so much prep work for some reason, it just got stored away. I think I was exhausted :D

But recently I was asked to donate a piece of work to the William Johnson Scholarship Fund and I thought… Heather would be so please to see this piece donated to such a worthy cause, so I dug it out of storage and started painting.

The school colors were black, white & red, so I went with that theme, which was actually harder than I thought. You know me, I kept wanting to add COLOR (which I did a little bit…can you see the hint of green, lol, I just couldn’t help myself, I know I have a problem!) but all in all, the black and white was the overall theme.

I added funky knobs and tassels to give it some extra punch.

I'm hoping this piece does well at the raffle and I hope I made my friend Heather proud with the transformation. It’s in her honor that I give this piece to charity.

Last month my dear friend was diagnosed with malignant gliamo. She is fighting hard and facing this monster with great strength and grace. The two birds on the front are a symbol of our friendship. Please keep her in your prayers
Life is short people. Make everyday count and most importantly tell the people that are important to you how much you love them.

Happy Painting,


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Monica said...

It is incredible how you transformed that worn out cupboard into a collectors item. I do hope it raises lots of money and heather finds her health improving.

Giggles said...

It's absolutely stunning... I love it!! You have inspired me! Did you do it all free hand?...if so Wow. Wonderful tribute to a friend...and a generous gift...I'm sure it will pull in more than expected!! I'd have a hard time parting with it!!

Hugs Giggles

Cecily said...

Oh, wow, that's fantastic! So beautiful and so original - LOVE IT!

Becolorful said...

Incredible as always. Yeah, I was late posting tonight. I am so far behind on my upcoming Traveling Door show and i need to be in Dallas next week with my mom so i was trying to get some painting in while the weather is good. It was 85 here today.
Any who, love the piece. The tassels are a fun new touch and I think that it should bring in a pretty penny for the fundraiser. You are not only talented but altruistic.
Luvs ya,

Deborah March said...

Utterly usual. Will remember your dear friend in my God-blesses.

SaltAndPepperMakers said...

Wow the first re-do was great but the second one was amazing! Thinking of your friend at this difficult time. ~Pepper

Scarlet said...

Really love the sides with the fleur de lis cameo in the center. The handles & tassels were a nice finishing touch.