Dreaming Of: A Glam Furniture Design Project...

Do you see this magnificent console cabinet above? I adore it. I truly do. I also feel it could be a nice project for someone with a few proper tools and a willing (read: skilled in woodwork) accomplice. While I don't know that I personally am up for the challenge, I have found each of the ingredients a would-be-DIY'er might need to recreate a glamorous piece quite similar. 

The inspiration cabinet above is from Melanie Turner's 2013 Showhouse bedroom that featured yard upon yard of Mary McDonald's Schumacher fabric. So, so chic. Just look at that soft grey paint, the handsome tapered block feet, the chinoiserie feel of the brass hardware. I am digging this vibe, people. Digging it hard! 

Ready to see my plan...? Here goes. 


With a little help from some pre-fab elements I believe this piece could come together quite smoothly. Missing from the steps above are the two boards to create the top and bottom of the frame. This will turn those "starter" cabinets into durable, working side-by-side storage units. By unifying them with one long plank on top and bottom it will give structural integrity to the unit as well. This also allows the feet to attach to wood versus the laminate. 

Now... the fun: those Oriental pulls! These are brass with Chinese characters on them and a very similar look to Melanie's piece. These are just perfect.

Now: architectural detail. Using these easy-to-apply MyOverlays raised drawer panels is an easy way to give those doors the look they deserve. I've been considering these overlays for quite some time and this style is probably the best use for this piece. The Regency styling best aligns with the design of our inspiration piece and stays true to the style. Tip: it might be a nice touch to add them to the ends as well as seen on Melanie's cabinet. My Overlays come in a range of sizes and surely one would fit the bill. 

Now... paint: Amy Howard makes many incredible paints. The Luxe Grey appeals to me the most for this particular piece. It's toned down, neutral and will make those bold brass door pulls really stand out. Amy Howard's one-step-paints do not require priming, but something might need to be done to unify the wooden top & bottom with those IKEA bases. Rumor has it you need Zinsser BIN primer to prep those shiny flat pack surfaces for paint. This step will go long way towards making the finished piece look pulled together and professional and making the paint last forever.. 

So... there you have it. I've declared my DIY longings to you and now I hope one of you feels inspired to bring it to life. Trust me, if my Mr. was handy with the tools and we had any sort of an at-home-workshop I'd be tackling this myself because it is exactly the storage piece I wish I owned. I LOVE this look and the many functions it serves. I've hopefully inspired you to create something lovely and amazing. Or... if you're in the Dallas area and want to help me take my DIY dreams to the next level (and this chic piece to my living room) drop me a comment and let's get to work ;) 

Sources: IKEA // VanDykes // First Impressions Inc // Amy Howard // MyOverlays

{image credit Melanie Turner Interiors}