Monday, November 28, 2011

Subway Art Bureau

Hey, Froggers. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can concentrate on what I REALLY love to do, which is painting and designing. I was inspired by some furniture I had seen on some other blogs, and I had the perfect bureau to try it on. I used the same techniques on my other pieces here and here. I'm super excited about how this turned out. It will be for sale as soon as I can transport it to my space at Building Character in Lancaster, PA.  I'm the Howsewears booth (look for the Howsewears banner). If you're interested in purchasing it and are fairly local to Lancaster County, let me know. I can't wait to find a loving home for it.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture, so use your imagination. It was just a plain old brown bureau with some scratches.

This piece is near and dear to my heart since I spent so much time in Lancaster. Some of the landmarks don't exist as businesses anymore, which gives it a more vintage feel.

I LOVE wooden knobs. I can do so many things with them. These are painted with Paris Gray mixed with a little bit of Graphite (as is the top). They're distressed and waxed with Briwax Antique Oak.

The body was painted with Graphite, with Old White lettering. It was waxed with Clear and then Antique Oak Briwax, followed by buffing for a nice patina.

I love the detail in the upper drawer, and accented it with Old White.

It almost seems at home here next to a field in Lancaster County.
It's a delightful size:
Height- 3'4"
Width- 2' 5"
Depth- 3' 5"
And, as always, let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!!!
Fondly, Tami

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  1. I love your subway chest. I wish I was a local so I could seriously consider buying it! I would like to do the same thing to a piece I have, listing the street names I have lived on. Great Job!! Thanks for sharing - I am inspired.

  2. This turned out beautifully --- thank you for sharing!
    Blessings, Becky

  3. Love it! Cannot get enough of subway anything :)

  4. i love it!!! i am from the York co area but i have often visited these area's in Lancaster.....this be a cute thing to do for a young couple that moved to another state ( like my son!!)

  5. Holy cow what do I think?? I thinks it's the bomb-diggity!! Just love all the references to Lancaster too as that is one of my favorite places.

  6. I love your Lancaster dresser! I live close to Lancaster and I just found your blog from your link on Kim's WOW party. I'm going to browse the rest of your blog now and subscribe for updates:-)

  7. An amazing job and I adore the look! I can't imagine the time it took to create. Wonderful!

  8. Wow! Love, love, love your dresser. I showed my 16 years old son something like yours and he fell in love with the idea. So,we are planning to redo his very soon. I am live in Harrisburg and I am SO glad you mentioned building character! I must make the time to visit there soon as I do go to lancaster once a month to browse. I, also, recently decided to open up a small business of my own and that place may just be the ticket of my search of a booth! Thanks! :)

  9. I adore this! I live in Lancaster, and I am hoping I can see it tonight at Building Character, during First Friday! You need to send a link to the Fig Magazine People-what a great piece that they might like to photograph for an upcoming issue!

  10. You did an amazing job. I want to do one for my home town. I'm a new follower too.

  11. gorgeous! was just at building character a few weeks ago...wish i knew which booth was yours.

    this piece will be out the door in an instant!

  12. This is sensational! I want to do this! I'd love it if you'd share this beauty at my Saturday Splendour Party which is still open at :)

  13. OH MY! Brilliant! so loud & yet whispering at the same time. You give me hope for my grandparents' cottage-LOVE IT! i pinned you on pinterest b/c i am so excited about this!.

  14. hello, my new bestie... you left me a great comment earlier but i couldn't reply b/c your blogger is set to NO REPLY. get on that, girl!!

    how are things going at building character? i checked the place out for my stuff but it's soooo far from me that i didn't move forward.

    talk soon!

  15. Tammy, The chest is beautiful..very unique and creative. I love it! Thank you for linking to the Open House party last week.

  16. I really love your subway art bureau! Thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can!

  17. That is so pretty! I had never thought of doing subway art on a dresser but the look is so eye catching. I am a new follower visiting from Sumo's Sweet Stuff. Vicky from Mess For Less

  18. What a super cool dresser! And it's one of kind with that great subway art look! Love it!
    I'm your newest follower! Stop on by sometime! I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

  19. Love love love!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  20. I'll be featuring your project today!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  21. wow!! love it! i am your new follower from Harrisburg!

  22. What a great job you did on your subway chest. I've seen subway art pictures, but think this is the first time I've seen it on a piece of furniture, and it looks really nice. Thanks so much for sharing over at Sunday's Best.

  23. PS -now following you through GFC.

    The detail on the top drawer is really special.

  24. This is so beautiful! I've never seen subway art on a dresser before. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Incredible job, Tami!

    I'd love to feature this incredible project at Knick of Time Tuesday - please become a follower so I can add your feature!


    Angie @ Knick of Time

  26. Just popped over from Knick of Time Tuesday where I saw your wonderful dresser featured. Oh, this is so beautiful! I love Lancaster and visited it many times over the years. What a cool idea to do subway art featuring past and present attractions. Love it!

  27. Wow! I love this one!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and I just had to respond here as well. I think I like yours better! Now I have someone else to copy from :).

  28. Ok, Tami....I'm going to go hide my subway sign now. lol! Your dresser turned out so beautiful! Incredibly professional, girl! Sure hope you do this as your career - because you're that good! May I ask how you did the stenciling? Or was it freehand, or what? GREAT job! :)

    xoxo laurie

  29. Whatever totally ROCK!!! Looks SO good!!! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

    XO, Aimee

    PS Did you sign up for my giveaway yet!?!
    Awesome Customizable Frames, Art & Home Decor

  30. PSS I'm excited to be your newest follower and would love it if you returned the "love" [if you haven't already] on your next visit!!!

    XO, Aimee

  31. Looks ah-mazing!! And yes you weren't kidding about that cloche! Woweee!!!

  32. What a wonderful piece of art! I live in a very historic town, and you've given me some great inspiration!! Came over via 1929 Charmer.

  33. Woot woot!
    Love this beautiful piece! I am also a Lancaster county native so it is very special to me - born in Lititz and raised in Lancaster and now living in Honesdale, PA above Scranton! Thanks so much for linking it! You are so sweet and I know you knew where I was from :o)
    Thanks and stop back Tuesday for features and Thursday to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  34. You are being featured today for this beautiful creation! Please come by later to see! Thanks for linking up and please come back!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  35. I love your Lancaster dresser and I know it won't stay at the shop to long. Too pretty. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs


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