Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Armoire full of treasures

This project started with a pair of windows that I purchased in 2012 on Kijiji.
I knew right away that they would be great doors for an armoire....

And they would also provide me a solution to temporarily hide the ugly old chimney hole that you see in the upper right section of the image above.

...and make a permanent home for my treasured wood carvings.

My father was a business man who discovered in his early 70's that at his core he was an artist.
I remember him telling me that he wished he had known years ago how much he would enjoy
sketching and carving and painting.
He seemed to sense a loss in time for this new found love...
once he got started he did not waste a minute in learning about the art of carving.

These were his early attempts at carving which became my favourite pieces of all his work.
He found them comical and I just fell in love with these whimsical little figures.

So now I finally have a home where they can be displayed.

The armoire itself was easily built with a simple box construction and I have hopes to fill the
right hand side with white pottery ....
I have been experimenting with what I have right now.

Armoire/how to build an armoire

and just maybe fiind another set of windows to close in the right hand side which would mean
constructing that part as a more permanent structure as right now it only serves to hide the

Eventually I will move this into the diningroom to be used for dishes and glassware.

But for now it provides a good spot for my cookbooks which can be read in one of these old
leather chairs as I look towards the other end of the room at the fireplace.

Armoire/how to build an armoire

À Bientôt
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  1. Love it. It really balances the room nicely. Also Love your dad's carvings. Beautiful done and full of charm.

  2. That's a beautiful way to showcase those great carvings. You know I have a thing for doors and love how you have repurposed those ones!

  3. I love your new cabinet Donna. It looks beautiful on the old wood table and works well to hide the chimney hole. Your father's beautiful carvings deserve a place to be displayed. It's wonderful that he discovered this talent late in life and that you have some of his first precious pieces.

  4. It turned out beautiful! I love those old windows, they have so much warmth and character. they look perfect with the white cabinet. I just love your style. Your Dad's carvings are precious by the way.

  5. Oh Donna it looks gorgeous!!! What a fantastic idea - and love your Dad's carvings!!!
    and I, who don't like wood, just love it in your home -
    Great job!

  6. They found a great home. Love what you did with them!!

  7. What a fantastic idea for putting the windows to use! You did an excellent job!

    I love your father's carvings! What treasures!

  8. Perfect! What is that on top of the armoire? You have a good start on your collection of white pottery, it looks opalecent?

  9. The carvings are so whimsical! What treasures. Love the old doors and how you have created the armoire. Great patina on the wood too.

  10. Your armoire looks wonderful, I love seeing old windows used as doors. And how lovely that you have your dad's early attempts at carving, what a treasure!!! They are fabulous, aren't they!
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. So sweet! And what a great story!

    1. Thanks. I really do treasure these little figures.

  12. I can't think of a better way to use the old windows!! I just love that idea. Wish you lived closer so you could consign in our shop. :)

  13. That was a great use for the lovely old windows!


  14. I love it and love your wood beams. Thanks for joining wow.

  15. I love your windows turned cabinet Donna! The patina of the wood of the windows and the wood of the table are perfect together. I love your Daddy's fun carvings too. He certainly is talented. I would treasure them too. Found you thru FCC and look forward to browsing around your blog.


  16. Your window that is now your cabinet is fantastic. I love it as the backdrop behind your beautiful fantastic gorgeous new table. Wow, did you do well with it. Your father is really talented. Do you have any of his more recent work as well. I'm curious to know how he changed from his adorable caricatures.

  17. this is wonderful!!! those doors are an amazing find and I love how you were able to use them so perfectly on that table, love the little woodcarvings from your father!!

  18. Gorgeous cabinet! The perfect spot to showcase your Dad's fabulous wood carvings & treasures ♥
    This is my first visit to your blog ~ I am looking forward to stopping by again. My husband was born in beautiful Quebec ♥

  19. I love old windows and am waiting for the chance to make some into cupboard doors. So much character! Love yours and love your dad's carvings.

  20. Love this so much! thank you for linking up at lizmarieblog.com!!!! So glad to have you there! xx

  21. Love it, Such a beauty!
    Thank you for sharing, love these kind of furniture!
    Your blog is great, Your home is so pretty!
    You have a new follower;)
    Love and hugs


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