Meet “The Colonel”

Hey everyone!  Don’t you just love June?  The sun is shining, the trees have sprouted all their new leaves, the leaves are GREEEN (yes, that’s with three E’s…for emphasis, ya know?), Colorado is on fire again (it is so sad…the level 2 drought conditions have made things really dire), street festivals have returned (yay!), and the days are suuuper long!  I love the long days because it means I get more done in the workshop…I get more done in the workshop because the daylight lasts longer and since there is no electricity in the workshop, my working days are cut very short during the winter.

So, who loves yellow?  My mother does.  I grew up in a yellow house.  We had yellow rose bushes in the yard.  The living room had yellow walls, yellow couches, yellow accent pillows, and yellow in the rug…all different shades, of course.  The kitchen was yellow, the dining room was yellow, hell…even the dishes were yellow.  The lady just loves yellow.  Well, I have had yellow paint in my arsenal for quite a while now; I just haven’t had a piece that yearned for yellow!  That all changed yesterday when I stumbled across this wonderful reproduction ice chest cabinet made by White Clad…

Before

Before

…one look at that baby and I just knew…it would be perfect in yellow!  It is obvious that I wasted no time in getting this beautiful cabinet prepped and ready for paint.  In fact, as soon as I unloaded it from the car, I immediately had my sandpaper in hand and began scuffing it up.  A few coats of yellow milk paint, some heavy distressing, some clear and dark waxes, and less than 36 hours of time and it has been completely transformed!

After

After

When I sent this picture to my mother, her very first comment was, “That reminds me of the harvest gold color that was very popular in the 70s.”  Her comment reminded me of this awesome french provincial tallboy I picked the other day that had fantastic 70s drawer liners in it with the exact shade of harvest gold she was talking about! photo(81)

This is the drawer liner side by side with the top of The Colonel.  See what I mean?  How awesome is that?  I think I may have to paint that tallboy with this color now!  We’ll see 🙂

Here are some more detail shots of The Colonel:

A look at the distressed side panel.  So much depth and character in this paint!

A look at the distressed side panel. So much depth and character in this paint!

Close up on the brass name plate.  I liked the patina of the brass with this color so no polishing.

Close up on the brass name plate. I liked the patina of the brass with this color so no polishing.

I love the lustre the wax gives

I love the lustre the wax gives

The Colonel

Close up of aging and distressing on the top

Close up of aging and distressing on the top

Lots of storage inside!

Lots of storage inside!

I have always loved these vintage ice box reproductions.  They have so much character and charm.  And I think this harvest gold color makes it so much more charming!

The dimensions of this table make it suitable for use as either a nightstand in the bedroom or as an end table next to your favorite sofa or recliner.  It would also make a great plant stand in a foyer or colorful dining room.

Width: 23 inches

Depth: 17.75 inches

Height: 24 inches

The Colonel is for sale.  Please email me for details and price.  Thanks for reading Urban DEN!

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