Card catalogs are like fiberglass shell chairs and old educational anatomy charts: once heavily used and somewhat banal, as vintage items they are now very hot commodities, with a price tag to match. Since card catalogs are such a prized find, it follows that the re-purposing or repainting of one is controversial. Please trust that I would not show a card catalog transformation if I thought that the person had butchered a beautiful relic.
Adrianne and her husband Jeremy’s transformation of a once vertical card catalog into this horizontal painted console passes muster with me, though. I appreciate that they turned something rather unwieldy and let’s face it, not multifunctional, into a rather useful piece of furniture. The subdued blue looks lovely with the aged bronze hardware, and I even like the flourish of the lathe turned legs.
Overall I think this makeover retains the beauty of the rows upon rows of tiny drawers, while adding a few details that make it a more feminine and unique piece of furniture. Perhaps the librarians of the world will gasp, but I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. You can see more of the process here. Great work, Adrianne and Jeremy! – Kate
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I love this before & after because I feel like even the most voracious of decorators usually stops short of the laundry room. After all, it’s where we perform one of the most tedious and mundane tasks of our daily lives. Why should we add any flair to such a dull place? It’s twisted logic, I know, and Dagny knows what’s up—make the laundry room bold, ornate, and luxurious! Laundry will never again be such a chore.
Dagny chose an eye-catching green-and-cream Chinoiserie wallpaper, which was a gutsy move. I actually love the contrast of the the ornate walls and the graphic black and white floor tiles. Far from being a boring old washer and dryer station, this new laundry room feels more like the private vanity of a Hollywood starlet. If this were my laundry room, you would find me folding my clothes in high heels and red lipstick. Great job, Dagny! – Kate