I’ve never been particularly fond of the split pediment of the federal style–not that I don’t like it, it just never excited me. So there, in one of my favorite vintage-antique stores, was a broken split pediment, federal styled mirror that (I swear) locked eyes–on ME!
I’m sure you can guess what’s next, right?
It was only a frame. The mirror was broken and was going to be replaced, I learned. It was relegated to a corner, where, I’m sure they never expected a customer to pay any attention–but I don’t want to miss anything! And it was talking to me! I had no idea of any project for it–but I was drawn to it.
They sold it to me cheap, I took it home, added it to my stash–and forgot about it.
Now, two years later, I had a ball building the little hoosier and book case for my Princess Aleigha! Then I got an idea for a little china cupboard–and remembered that, somewhere, I had a broken mirror frame that just might work into my design. After some digging around, I found it. I had to alter the size of the cabinet to make it fit, but it was perfect, and absolutely transformed the cabinet! I have a new fondness for split pediments! Which also means–I can’t find any, unless they’re super expensive! I can’t count the number of split pediments I saw prior to this revelation–and summarily dismissed. Of course……..but, that’s how it goes, right?
Much to the chagrin of my poor nephew, Lily insisted he wear this hat to her tea party~such a dutiful daddy!
See why I loved this split pediment? I can’t imagine this china cabinet without it!
This was my learning curve–I have since built two more, and have made some changes, and I think, improvements! Practice makes perfect! I will share those in coming posts! But in the meantime—This one is named for my Great niece, and hostess of the tea party!
24″w x 44″h x 12″d
(would have been) $295