A Repurposed Love

Finally, the apothecary chest I have been referring to for a LONG time now is ready for its debut!

Below is a picture in its original state in our old home.  I apologize for the photo, thank goodness I’m a bit better at photos now.

Re-done Chest with Ceramic Knobs

 A reminder, this piece is for my office a work in progress.


Changes to the bottom section of the piece will give it more heft and detail.


This was sprayed Old Ochre ASCP.


Many of you will remember me mentioning this piece being old.  The drawers had to be removed and we were able to be salvaged for other project.

I planned on using this for storage and baskets seemed to be the perfect solution and would add texture. 

John used his Wagner sprayer to spray these in old Ochre and Louis Blue





Once the piece was inside I did a reverse transfer method with Mod Podge.  I chose one of my favorite graphics from Graphics Fairy.

I forgot to take pictures before I removed the paper.  I took pieces out of the paper to make it look torn in some areas.





Once this step was finished, I used dark wax to finish the outside and the individual cubes.  This took time but well worth the step.



You will notice in this close-up I dry brushed the blue baskets with Old Ochre. To add age I used Old Orche to dry brush the blue and a light coat of dark wax .




You can see the baskets filled with all my supplies for easy access.

I didn’t want to cover the graphic,  I chose to use this beautiful iron Laurel wreath I was given as a Christmas gift.


You will notice my affection for Audrey Hepburn.   This poster is from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany.  John was able to snap it up from an industry person he deals with, the American version costs big bucks.  The other photo John purchased for me many years ago.


Now you can see why I made this piece with the script and have an idea where I am going with the colors in this room.


For Fall, I filled a French pot I made a few years ago to add a touch of the season.


I apologize for the glare in this shot.  For safety reasons John had to take this and it was done in the evening with my light on.


We decided to wait until after the holidays to finish the larger pieces so I don’t feel rushed and stressed to get them done.  These pieces will take some tweaking.

Quick note:  something that would never have  been possible for me if it weren’t for my BEST girl Audrey, in the blue sweater. 

I got to meet up with my blogging girls Doreen and Amy for the second time for lunch.  

Audrey, I love you with all my heart and you make things possible for me because you love me back and want me to have happiness.

That’s me in the Hounds tooth sweater, next is Doreen Find Her Blog Here and then Amy Find Her Blog Here/.  We had a great time.


Enjoy the your weekend!  We are having beautiful fall weather and I hope you are too!

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

9 thoughts on “A Repurposed Love

  1. What a great re love Cindy. Just beautiful. So happy to see you guys could all get together. Nothing better than a blog friend get together.
    Happy Weekend.

  2. I came over from Doreen’s, and I’m so glad I did! I love your project! You did a fantastic job. I really love decoupage. Can’t wait to come back and see what you’re doing next.

  3. Hi Cindy, WOW I just adore your reloved treasure. Adding the baskets is perfection and your graphics make it gorgeous. Everything about your new office looks fabulous. Can’t wait to see the reveal when completed in the new year. I don’t blame you for not stressing to get it done now with so much holiday happening.
    How special to meet with blog friends and get together. The photo is beautiful and you girls are gorgeous!
    Have a great rest of the weekend. xo

  4. You did an amazing job on the chest, Cindy, right down to the arrangement of the baskets. You’ve got talent, girl! LOVED spending time with, you, Doreen and Audrey at our lunch — I’m sure we could have talked for several more hours! xoxo

  5. Cindy, you did an amazing job on this piece! So fun that you got to meet up with friends. I know who Doreen is, but not sure about Amy. Will hop over and meet her. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. I love the colors you chose and how it all came together. So clever with the baskets and the transfer looks so good. I follow two of your blogging friends, Doreen and Amy, and I love their blogs! So fun for you all to meet in person!

  7. I’m so late getting here Cyn. Seems to be the story of my life lately.

    Love the apothecary chest, and the baskets are the perfect touch.

    It was great seeing you again, and you’re right…Audrey is a treasure!


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