I love to set a beautiful table. Mixing and matching items I have collected at estate sales and thrift stores with pieces I have purchased new is big fun for me. As you can imagine, Thanksgiving is really exciting, because I get to come up with a table scheme. In the past, I have been asked how I get my ideas, so along with showing you this year's color palette and layout, I thought I would tell you about my process of dressing a table.
When I first saw this old phonograph cabinet at an estate sale, I was immediately attracted to the dentil molding and the fretwork. It was in two pieces, the top cabinet portion, and the bottom drawer piece. I paid around $80 for it, and I distinctly remember I needed a good amount of help getting it to the car. It is solid wood and weighed a ton!
I thought I still had the "before" photo on my phone, but when it took a swim in the toilet last year, I lost a bunch of images. But you can get the idea in the photo below. It was a dark wood with black hinges, and it was pretty scratched up.
We needed something in the bedroom to hold my husband's folded items, so I knew it would be perfect in there! The previous owner of this cabinet had the phonograph removed and added four drawers inside the doors. Storage galore! When I took it to my lacquer guy for its shiny new exterior, I decided I wanted the inside to be lacquered also.
I chose a pretty, creamy white for the outside, and a cool aqua blue on the inside.