Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Spool Cabinet Found a Home

     You may remember that we brought home this unique spool cabinet from my in-laws home a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure where we were going to put it, but it was such a treasure to them that I knew we had to find a home for it in our home.

     It was actually easier than I expected to find a place for it. We have an antique mirror that hangs in our entry. It is a favorite piece of ours and used to hang over our fireplace (when we had one). The wood matched beautifully.

     I wasn't certain what to put on the spool cabinet. The hinged top makes it difficult to balance things on it. I decided to wrap a book in some vintage sheet music to help balance the small lamp. I was thrilled to find "mother-in-law" music, since this piece of furniture was her favorite. The beaded flowers were my mom's and I liked the spring touch and the hint of color.

     I decided I wanted vintage buttons for a spool cabinet. I bought 5 pounds of them on Ebay. I don't sew at all. I had no idea how many buttons I was buying. Let's just say that I filled the jar and a large ziploc bag. If you have very easy craft ideas for me to use some of the buttons, please link them in the comments. I have lots of buttons! I was happy with how they look in the jar.

The buttons after I emptied the box
they came in and before washing them.

     I wanted to share the detailing on the mirror. It is so heavy that we are always terrified it will fall and kill someone. We love the unique edging on the mirror. We didn't have to touch this piece. We bought it at an auction 25 years ago.

I am joining Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday and
Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

Please visit our wonderful hostesses!


Ramblin' Blonde said...

Very creative! I love the button idea!

Picket said...

Beautiful treasure from you in-laws...love it with the mirror and love those buttons in the jar...have a great week...Picket

Mosaic Magpie said...

Beautiful! Love the button jar,a girl can never have too many buttons.

Pondside said...

It's nice to be able to highlight a family treasure. Your vignette is so pretty, and appropriate.

La said...

That spot looks like it was made with this special little spool cabinet in mind. Perfect!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like the vignette you created on the chest. Really like the jar of buttons - very appropriate with the spool chest.

Olive said...

It is all lovely and I completely understand about the heavy mirror as I once had one fall on me and knock me out. Surround a candle with some buttons. Visiting from Marty's. ♥Olive

Blondie's Journal said...

The spool cabinet is pretty and unique...I love how you covered the book with the Mother In Law paper! Very creative idea!


Gypsy Heart said...

It looks beautiful! Love the idea of covering the book with the music. The mirror is just stunning!

Hope you have a great week my friend ~

Kirsty Girl said...

I love the lamp and the jar! :D

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

very nice, I love the wood...and the jar of buttons!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh this is so pretty. I love the sheet music book cover and the jar of buttons is stunning. Beautiful vignette. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Patrice said...

Well done!

dee dee said...

I'm so happy that you found a perfect place for the spool cabinet. It looks like it was made for that spot! Love, Love, love the buttons! I made the button letter before and found it was a very easy and fun project! The beaded flowers not only make a nice touch, but also add the "treasured" value to your display!
Dee Dee

Barbara F. said...

Love the cabinet and that you added a jarful of buttons......I bought note cards and gifts at a craft fair that were just plain white card stock and had different colored buttons glued on around the edges making a "button border". xo,

Anonymous said...

I've seen some cute pillows on etsy.com that are monograms made with buttons. Thoe ones I've seen are sewn, but you could hot glue them. I'm still collecting buttons for my button monogram pillow, so thanks for the tip of buying them by the pound on ebay!

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