Reclaimed Wood, Steam Punk Style

This weekend it was love at first sight! And totally unexpected!

On a fun trip to Victoria we stopped in at ReStore to see what they had on hand… From there we decided to check out the new Home Sense. Little did we know we would see a piece like this when we walked through the door…

It was made of reclaimed wood and recycled materials…

…and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that’s a sweet spot for me! But sweet spot or not, this was completely off the budget charts!

But you see we have this spot that’s been needing something to perk it up a little…

And we’ve had a small console table sitting here with plans to put up some artwork…

But my secret wish was for a set of shelves made from reclaimed railway ties (like the ones I wrote about here).

So you can imagine the love-at-first-sight feeling I had when I saw this cabinet! And then the thud that quickly followed knowing it was going to end up being just a crush 🙁 So I got hubby to take a picture for me… at least we could have that! And for some reason I took the measurements, why I don’t know… I guess because I always carry my tape measure so I figured why not. Even though this piece would be way too involved for a DIY for us!

And later that evening, while enjoying a pitcher of Labour Day weekend sangria…

…we looked at the pictures and talked about how much we loved that piece. So for kicks I measured the big, bare space that was crying out for some character. And it was perfect. Somehow I knew it would be all along, but I secretly hoped it would be too small or something wouldn’t be right. That way I could get over my crush a little easier and move on.

Hhhhh.

But we have an anniversary coming up! And with the sangria one thing kind of lead to another, and before too long we were measuring my SUV to see if the cabinet would fit. We had to measure a few different angles because it would seriously be a touch-and-go squeeze… but from our measurements, it looked like it would juuust fit!

So I think you know where I’m going with this! Yah, the next day Kaleigh and I made a road trip. I’m so glad Kaleigh came with me, because to fit the cabinet into the back, seats folded down, headrests removed, etc. was an eeek-squeak fit! And hubby is just way too tall. There wouldn’t be any room for his legs! Without Kaleigh I would’ve had to make this trip solo, and how much fun is that?

This might give you a better idea.

See the legs – they’re wrapped to protect the inside of the hatchback – we had to move our seats way forward, push the cabinet back as far as we could, close the hatchback, and then open the back window so we could pull the cabinet tight against the closed door. Then we moved our seats back again as far as we could until they were snug against the top of the cabinet!

I was sitting a little closer than usual, had to tilt my steering wheel up for more leg room, and we were off… back over the Malahat!

Once we got home, unloading was another feat! This piece is HEAVY! Did I mention I was feeling the effects of the sangria from the night before? 😉

But here we are, my crush still resting on the furniture sliders, but safely in place!

Here’s one more look at the ‘before’ of this space.

And the ‘after’.

We’ve decided to keep the left door open. We still have to put together vignettes on the shelves, but for now the space has been given some TLC. And I love the way this cabinet pulls together some of our other pieces…

Like the steam punk clock you see in the far right background and the antique buffet to the right. It’s coming together, one piece at a time. Oh if only Rome was built in a day!

This is definitely happy anniversary to us 🙂

But this wouldn’t have been as possible without Kaleigh’s help, so thank you Kaleigh for being such an awesome sport!

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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14 Replies to “Reclaimed Wood, Steam Punk Style”

    1. Thank you Bev. We’re undecided on which way we’re going to go with the vignettes, but I’m pretty sure some of our coffee table books will make their way to the open side… For now we’re just loving living with the piece all on its own, but shall tackle vignettes before too long!

    1. Thank you Laurie! I would so love to have the tools and know-how to build a piece like this one. It was a big gulp investment for us, but a few years later, and we still love it, so definitely the right decision!!

  1. I’m in love with this cabinet. Is there any chance it has a brand or any markings on it so I might possibly track it down? Or any chance you’re sick of it and want to sell it? I can only hope, right? Thanks, Heather

    1. Hi Heather,
      I did a quick double-check and there are no maker’s marks on it anywhere 🙁 The only tags that came with it were the ones describing that it was made of reclaimed & recycled materials. The only help I can give is that it was bought at HomeSense, and the wood is like old pallets or crates, just slightly wider. The whole unit is incredibly heavy, and that’s because of the metal casing… Good luck in your search – I hope you find one!

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