DIY Shutter Door Wardrobe: India pied-à-terre Idea & Restoration Hardware Knock-Off

We visited the Jazz & Wine Fest at our local outdoor mall today, and window-shopped with cups of Red Mango frozen yogurt (pomegranate yogurt with toppings of kiwi, pineapple and granola – yum!). We almost didn’t stop in Restoration Hardware because of the overwhelming depressing-ness of the place. I’m not crazy about cotton candy colors, but please, 600 pages of Restoration Hardware’s gray and brown is heavy in more than just the weight of paper.

But I’m glad we popped in – this piece inspired an idea for wardrobes for the India pied-à-terre:

Restoration Hardware Shutter Door Cabinet with Cremone Bolts

It also comes with double doors:

Restoration Hardware Shutter Door Double Cabinet with Cremone Bolts

Many Indian houses and apartments, including our apartment in Chennai, do not have closets. Clothes are stored in wardrobes. Wardrobes with louvered doors like this could breathe. And the shutters also break up the hulking expanse of wood you could wind up with, lining a wall.

We’ve decided we’re going to purchase or DIY many things in the U.S. and ship them to Chennai for the India pied-à-terre. That way we’ll make faster progress furnishing the apartment the way we want. I haven’t made a final decision yet about wardrobe designs. But if we – or you! – wanted to DIY a look like this at a price lower than Restoration Hardware, here are some ideas:

This is perfect for an IKEA hack. Start with a wardrobe system like IKEA’s Pax and design a wardrobe without doors:

And of course, if you are handy, it’s basically a simple box and you can build it yourself. Add bars, shelves and drawers for clothing.

Now for the shutter doors. You have two options: large shutters usually made for windows, or louvered doors.

You may need to order shutters or louvered doors in a custom size to get a perfect fit with your wardrobe. There are a lot of companies you can find online that will make custom shutters and louvered doors. Or, if you build the wardrobe yourself, obviously you can design it to fit stock sizes of shutters or doors.

Here are examples of louver doors that look similar to the Restoration Hardware cabinet doors above, from the Combination Door Company:


Now to find those handles with the long bars. They are called cremone bolts. I warn, these are not a bargain. But the look has a lot of style and presence. Here’s a few styles …

An oil rubbed bronze cremone bolt at Hardware Hut:


A cremone bolt with a classic knob, available in several finishes at Van Dyke’s Restorers:


Here’s one with a handle from Signature Hardware:


For more styles, Google “cremone bolt,” choose Google Images and you will see many styles in many finishes including polished and antiqued brass, oil rubbed and nickel. You may want to find your favorite cremone bolt first, and after that choose door hinges in a finish to match, if the hinges will be visible.

Once you have all your pieces, it’s likely the cabinet and doors won’t match if they came from different places. You can paint the cabinet and doors/shutters to match. Then install the doors or shutters on your cabinet, and then install your cremone bolts. You now have a one-of-a-kind unique shutter door cabinet!

I could see wardrobes with louvered doors in the India pied-à-terre’s guest bedroom. If we decide to do this for the India apartment, you will see a DIY here.

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Emperor’s Silk Spins Dreams of Red

There’s a project in the works and it involves Emperor’s Silk. No, not of the flowing robes variety. It’s the Emperor’s Silk made possible by Annie Sloan. It’s red and it’s deep and it’s luscious and it’s … oh, let’s just take a look …

This makeover using Emperor’s Silk chalk paint, by Shizzle Design, made my mouth literally drop open. Look at those sexy legs! And can you believe they were not originally there? No, Shelly of Shizzle Design had the vision to see that a legless chest needed these legs so it could grow up into a cabinet. And she was so right:

Shizzle Design Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint Cabinet

Her shop of furniture and accessories that she paints and distresses is in western Michigan and I must stop by during a swing through there sometime. Check out her site, she does beautiful work.

Emperor’s Silk might make you think of China, but this makeover by Stiltskin Studios is so perfect for right now, around Fourth of July:


Just the inside was given a rustic red treatment, as shared on the Annie Sloan website:


Salvaged and made over by The Salvage Collection, this piece was so downright Debbie Downer depressing, and now it makes you want to do a happy dance. Really, doesn’t it look like these drawers are smiling:


I love how the styling is salvaged there too, with old doors for texture. Hmmm, it makes me think, what about floors made of old doors?

Okay that’s crazy. Let’s get back to the Emperor’s Silk before that idea runs somewhere real.

From Maple & Magnolia, Emperor’s Silk brings the perfect pizzazz to pine wood and this neutral scene:

Maple & Magnolia Emperor's Silk

Here’s a more shabby worn look from Knot Too Shabby Furnishings (ha, I used the word shabby before re-checking the blog and there you go, obviously a look that’s true to the blog brand!):

Knot Too Shabby Furnishings Emperor's Silk

So here’s hoping my cabinet makeover project with Emperor’s Silk chalk paint turns out just as stunning as these!

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How to Style Console Table Vignettes

Console tables – slim tables set against a wall – make the perfect place to create a little scene that uses many surfaces: the wall, table, floor and area around the table. Console tables give you a manageable area to do something really interesting. Let’s take a look!

This is a simple scene but the accessories (and floor!) make it very interesting, from BHG:

Console Table Scene via BHG

This scene featured at Remodelaholic has the same colors and textures, but a very different look:

Console Table Vignette

If you get overwhelmed with trying to create a good balance of proportion, shapes, materials and textures in a large space or throughout an entire room, a console table is a more manageable area to do this and be happy with your results.

This console table in a foyer via House & Home has more stuff, and it’s interesting to look at in a different way than the example above:


A creative console vignette photographed by Hector Sanchez:

Console Table Vignette Hector Sanchez

It brings a lot of creativity and FUN to what would otherwise be dead space between windows. This is also a great little space to highlight a wild wallpaper or painted stencil that you might not want all over an entire room.

Foyers and entries are common places for console table vignettes. This view is from the side, but you get the idea. At House & Home:


Let’s look at something a little more unusual, and wow do I love this. You can find where to get all the elements of this scene at Elle Decor:


While the scene above is organic, this next console table entry scene is controlled but still very creative in a different way. By Wiseman and Gale Interiors:


Although this next scene couldn’t be more different from the one above, I feel like the creators practiced just as much restraint with their choices of what to put on and around the table. Via Marie Claire Maison:


Check out the fun and brave mix of things here, featured at Lonny:


Go for mixing up a new blend of accessories and shapes!

Console tables are also higher than many big dogs’ wagging tails, so they’re a place where you can put things that would get knocked over in lower places.

I hope this gives you ideas to try something a little different with smaller tables and console tables in your home.

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How You Can Reuse Vintage Sari Fabric for Home Decor

It seems like all home decor stores have been selling kantha quilts. I have one too, for the India apartment’s guest bedroom. But there’s so much more you can do with sari fabric …

Vintage or new sari fabric can be used to reupholster furniture. When you want to use a sari for this purpose, choose one with a heftier thicker weave. Here’s one example, a 19th Century Italian chair made over with sari fabric at Maison Suzanne:


What a brave, dynamic duo of print and chair style!

For another interesting combo, the Sundance catalog made a bench with a vintage sari cushion and a forged metal base:


From etsy seller foundvintageobjects, remnants of embroidered sari fabrics are expertly chosen and mounted in embroidery hoops for an instant wall art display:

Sari Fabric Collection from etsy seller foundvintageobjects

Another idea from the Sundance catalog, artist Neeru Kumar carefully picks vintage sari fabrics to make appliquéd collages on pillows:


From Plumo, a crazy quilt of a chair, made with kantha sari fabrics:


From ABC Carpet and Home, this eye-popping rug was handwoven in India using vegetable-dyed silk from vintage saris:


Visit my Vintage Sari Fabric, Recycled board at Pinterest for 200+ more ideas of what you can do with vintage saris.

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