Wednesday, 04 April 2012
One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is to handcraft custom pieces for clients. It can involve breathing new life into a flea market find, embellishing a brand new store bought something, or making it from scratch if I can 't find the perfect one. Those pieces usually become the things that my clients love most because they're so special and one-of-a-kind. Grace's nursery was especially fun for me; Mama was open to all of my ideas and even had some of her own (spot the following in these photos: the lampshade border, the ribbon board, the shelves, and the bin for her tiny dirty clothes).
I have a long list of things like this for my own house, often left on the back burner (or never even making it to the stove), but, last weekend I finally knocked one out!
After getting a real filing cabinet, a wine box that was once containing my bf's stuff was available to re-purpose. The great thing about this box is it's depth and hinged lid. Mounted to the wall in the kitchen, it seemed it would be the perfect cabinet for tea and coffee, freeing up prime counter space beside the stove.
My starting point was this kitchen-y sheet of paper I found at Arch (it covers the inside of the lid/door). Using the color palette and the general loose, sketchy vibe of the paper, I painted the motifs for the front of the box. It was so fun to paint! It's been a while and was such a refreshing change from drawing on the Wacom tablet. Illustrator, I love you, but real paper and paint is nice too. So is all the extra new counter space.