Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Find: Lofty Inspiration

Here's a post I ran awhile back demonstrating how lofty inspiration for a piece of furniture can be translated into almost any budget

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and such was the case two-fold when This Old House magazine used The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details to inspire a cheery, DIY console.

The original credenza featured in The Find was re-visioned by Carl and Co.'s Mark Ciolli for a client who fell for an AndrĂ© Arbus original, but not the $86,000 price tag.

So Ciolli worked his thrifty magic to locate an 82-inch-long, 1930s Belgian model for a fraction of the price, and Osmundo Echevarria's studio started re-finishing, applying layers of lacquer, goldwashed hardware and shelves lined with fine Venetian paper, resulting in the glorious red credenza shown on page 73 of The Find.

Over at This Old House general contractor Tom Silva took stock kitchen cabinet bases and gussied them up with furniture feet, new hardware and molding for similar results that they
estimate to cost about $400.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter

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