Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Seriously? I Would Have Never Seen This Potential!


Adri and Jeremy of Dream Book Design have been one busy couple, turning their fixer into a keeper!
And this project of theirs is insanely fabulous.

"A couple of months ago J bought this massive card catalog from Craigslist. It is from a closed down old Phoenix Public Library. It was so incredible, but yet we had no idea what the heck to do with it. It sat in the garage for a good four months until one day my hubby had a "light bulb" moment and decided he would take it apart and transform it into the most beautiful buffet ever...really, ever!

This is what we started with..."



And this is what they did:

1. All 72 drawers were removed and numbered with tape {so each could find its way back home later!}
2. The outside plywood casing of the original cabinet was also removed.
3. Next the four sections of 18 slots that were stacked 4x1 were taken apart from one another and reattached side by side.



4. Then two 4'x8' sections of oak plywood, cut to size at Lowe's, became the new top and base. The original casings were used for the sides to preserve the character of the piece.


5. Eight legs from Lowe's were attached to the base sheet of plywood in a diamond pattern to support the weight of the card catalog.
6. 3/4" trim was used to edge the new base.


7. Everything was sanded, re-sanded, and sanded some more to really smooth things out.
8. All 72 drawers were painted with Primer-in-One from Home Depot and Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint in Rhino.
9. Stain, Minwax Dark Walnut 2716, was then rubbed all over with a small brush and a few rags to give the antique look, followed by a little more sanding and then a layer Minwax wipe on polyurethane to seal it.
10. Finally, the original hardware was reattached to each drawer.



I'm exhausted just thinking about this project...but completely and utterly impressed!
If you haven't been by their blog, here's the link to do so.

{Thanks Adri for letting me share your project on my blog today!}

35 comments :

  1. Oh my wow! It is amazing! Totally worth all that hard work!

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  2. The end result is absolutely AMAZING! Love the color they chose and that original hardware. Totally worth all the hard work!

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  3. This is insanely cool! I wouldn't have thought to do that either :D

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  4. OMG - talk about vision! A labor of love, but what a unique piece! I love it!

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  5. I love it and the whole of their home, they are so so talented!

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  6. Now that is what I call a Family Heirloom! Gorgeous! I love those lightbulb moments, my husband... Doesn't love my light bulb moments as much;)

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  7. I have seen this makeover before and I thought it looked amazing! They both had great visions and mad skills to boot. Love the final result!

    Have a great day, Janell!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  8. Agree, stunning. But what a colossal amount of work!

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  9. Can you imagine how organized you could be with all those drawers?
    So Cool!!

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  10. Love this! Yes, sounds like a lot of work, but the end result is stunning and it's vintage, which makes it even better!

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  11. Beautiful!! What a wonderful show piece and conversation piece.

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  12. That is a ton of work, but so worth it! I can already imagine how much fun it would be to organize...tea candles in one, napkin rings in several, etc. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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  13. They blew me away with this. I even showed my hubby the first time I saw it as I am always saying that the card catalog is a lost practice {he of course disagrees!}. They are one amazing couple. Beautiful home.

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  14. That is awesome! Seriously love it.

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  15. That is a serious makeover! They went the extra mile rather than just painting it to make it work for their home - beautiful work!

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  16. Janell,
    Thank you so much for your sweet words! And thank you SO much for featuring our project. Your readers are incredible.
    <3,
    Adri
    Dream Book Design

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  17. Wow- that looks amazing! I'm exhausted just thinking about it but it was so worth the effort :)

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  18. I am very impressed too and love the end result. I cannot help but think that every time someone remarks on how beautiful that piece is, they will smile just a little wider knowing it was their vision and hands that made it that way!

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  19. Thanks for the link, it is nice to find a local blogger in AZ!

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  20. I have been searching for a card catalog piece to redo, now i am urged to search harder!

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  21. I've wanted a card catalog for ages, but I never fine one that I could afford...still looking though! This was pretty genius, and I'm significantly jealous!

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  22. I love this reconfigured card catalog. Great vision, great piece.

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  23. Gorgeous! I'm exhausted just thinking about all the work that went into that project!

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  24. *** Oh... my...goodness, Janell!!! I TOTALLY A*D*O*R*E it!!!

    ......"ME WANT ONE!!!"... (Smiles!)

    XO,
    Linda in AZ*
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  25. I have seen this card catalog featured a lot. What I haven't seen featured as much is their Dining Room table...it is amazing. They took the base of a drafting table and made a top. Check it out. I could see Restoration Hardware copying the idea.

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  26. I cannot imagine the work involved in this transformation, but it is stunning...adore the color!!

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  27. oh my!!! I'm tired just thinking of all the work involved, but WOW WOW WOW, it's gorgeous!!! I'm dreaming of a piece like that for my sewing room, all those little drawers, so dreamy!!!
    XO
    Kristin

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  28. Love this idea. So creative. A one of a kind piece that makes a statement in any room.

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  29. If I could get my husband to do a project like that then I am sure we could also get world peace :)
    Just amazing.

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  30. Why don't I know someone who can do something like this for me by now? I've got to get better friends.

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