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Monday, January 7, 2013

The three lives of a card catalog.

Once upon a time I dragged home a homely little card catalog because I was desperate to own one. I wanted a card catalog soooo badly but no way could I afford (or find) the big, gorgeous ones. (Of course, soon after, I did find a big one at a rock bottom price.)

I don't have a before picture but it was exactly like the one below but without the knobs. I painted a little table the same mustard color, plopped the card catalog on it and it lived in our office waiting for its 'real' legs. I had a plan, after all.


Not much to look at but it was a bargain!


Finally it got legs and a paint job and it was boring. I painted the legs to match the pulls, why? And the soft green had no spark. But those legs! I worked real hard to get them that awful looking. All my hard work and I'd produced a wallflower.

Then I put it in my booth where it sat all lonely, neglected and overlooked.
Poor card catalog.


 Last week I decided to bring it home and give it a face lift. I was hoping I could get it back to the booth this week, all shiny and new. 


Then a funny thing happened. I thought I'd 'just see' what it would look like ....... So, I shoved some furniture around and rolled the card catalog into place. Hmmmm. Nice pop of color. Maybe I'll leave it there - just for a day or two.


Yeah, right. Insert maniacal laugh here. A couple days. I don't think it's going anywhere any time soon.



It's missing some hardware so I'll have to do some research. First I have to find out what the little round brass thingies that hold the knobs are called. I might also replace the knobs if it isn't too expensive.
Now, since moving furniture has a domino effect, I have to figure out where the displaced trunks I use as end tables will go. yikes


I'm liking the pops of color I'm putting in our mostly neutral great room, the old red and white glider horse and a red industrial shelf. In one corner we have red, in the opposite corner we have green. In the middle is a tan sectional sitting on tan carpet screaming for new throw pillows.

Wandering through it all is me, screaming for hardwood floors. sigh

24 comments:

  1. It looks so much happier in its red now! Looks great in its new spot too! I don't blame you for wanting to keep it! ;)

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  2. It's gorgeous! I've been looking for one in my area, but haven't been able to locate one yet. You've encouraged me to persevere!

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  3. How awesome is that it makes me want to have one too

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  4. First of all, I'm really jealous that you even found this card catalogue, and second what a beautiful makeover! I love that you went with the deep red, it is such a great contrast with the brassy gold. Gorgeous.

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  5. Love your RED update, it looks fabulous with the hardware! I'm trying to add some bright green to my neutrals and it's scary! :)

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  6. Love this! The pop of red is fabulous. And what a lucky find.

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  7. SO CUTE!! Great idea to add the legs. I would love to own one as well.

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  8. Perfect! Love the red!

    Did you know you have to type in squiggly words to comment?

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  9. Just so beautiful Daena. Thank you so much for helping us inspire...xo

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  10. This came out beautiful! It would be great if you would come share it at my Funday Sunday Link Party that will open this Saturday at www.the-crafty-cowgirl.com! Hope to see you there!

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  11. it really does pop in red I would keep it too

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  12. You couldn't have picked a better color. Love this project. Found you on Knick of Time and now following!

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  13. Amazing! I love the pop of color......i would like a visit at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com.....love having new friends stopping by!

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  14. Love this unique side table, so cool!! Thanks for linking up to Frugalicious Friday!!

    Jane
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    fabulous

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  15. So cool! I've seen a tonne of card catalogues around the blog world but never one done up like yours - and on wheels to boot! Totally unique...and the red is 1000 times better than the green.

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  16. Darling! Love the color! I say you keep it a looooong time :)

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  17. How do you paint the metal? It looks FAB!!

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  18. I really love how this turned out! I'll be featuring it on Craft Gossip this afternoon :)

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  19. loving the new look! I bet it wouldn't last long in your booth now.

    gail

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  20. The red is perfect. I'd keep it too!
    Leslie

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  21. This looks really lovely and amazing.Really good piece of work done..

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  22. where did you get the legs? love this piece.

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