Wow, the project I am sharing today is 13 years old, yikes, it's a teenager already. Back then I was really into Folk Art painting and the blue, red, yellow colour combination. This piece belonged to my husband when we got married. First I used it to hold my knitting machine, later I padded the top with thin foam and covered it with infant styled plastic and used it as a change table. It was great, held everything I needed. One day I was looking through a reproduction Eaton's catalogue and realized that it was an old buffet with the mirror missing. From the pictures in the catalogue I am assuming that this was made some time around 1900, I built the top in 1999, almost a hundred years later.
I was lucky enough to be taking a woodworking class at our local high school at the time. We brought in any project we wanted and if we needed help the teacher was there to assist. I planned out what I thought it should look like and went to town.
I assembled the back to hold the mirror and made a shelf. My neighbour took it upon herself to find me a mirror, we went to Winnipeg to shop and while we were there she took me to the Restore and we found a mirror. I had never been to the restore before, I love it there.
I had never used a lathe, but the teacher showed me how and away I went. I sort of planned the spindle as I went, and then copied what I had done for the second one, they actually match! Unfortunately, I have never done another :( See the little bird in the cage?
After I assembled the mirror unit, I thought it begged to be painted with an angel, the shape just called for it, so that's what I did.
I wanted to cover every inch with folk art, and I think I came pretty close.