Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Jude Cabinet

I am so excited to share this special piece with you…

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This is the Jude cabinet and it is not special because of anything I did…no, it is special because of who it is named for.  Meet sweet Jude.

Jude is a happy, beautiful boy with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome. He has endured numerous open heart surgeries, nissen/g-tube surgery, multiple heart catheterizations and intubations, and spent the majority of the first 5 months of his life in the hospital.  His mother and I went to high school together and she contacted me back in May to see if I would be interested in a couple of pieces that her family was giving away because she knew that I had started Simply Reinvented.  How incredibly thoughtful and sweet, right?  Well, this beautiful piece has been sitting around waiting for me to be inspired.  {The day finally came last week, thank goodness

I decided on a layered finish so I painted the entire piece a moss green followed by this beautiful turquoise.  You can really see the color variations in person…gorgeous.

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One of the panes had been broken during a move and there was no key to open the door so I chose to remove all of the glass.  This piece is so versatile so I staged it three different ways…china cabinet, linen hutch {perfect for a master bathroom} and a nursery cabinet.

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I always say that painting is my therapy and, boy, is that so true.  As I was painting this piece, I just kept thinking of Jude and his family.  My youngest daughter has been through 2 eye surgeries and receives multiple therapies.  I know how hard this has been on my family and simply can’t imagine what his family has endured because our situation is so minor in comparison.  They were so sweet to offer these pieces {for free, with nothing in return} and I kept feeling God leading me to return their kindness.  I originally kept thinking of donating my portion of the profits to a charity in Jude’s honor.  God put it on my heart to go in a different direction so the profits will be sent directly to Jude’s family.  I know the medical bills we have experienced {again, minor in comparison} so, while it may be a small drop in the bucket, I know that every little bit helps.  Would you help by saying a quick prayer for Jude and his family this week?  Thank you, sweet readers!

The Jude cabinet will be available at ReFresh Home later this week.

“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share”         
1 Timothy 6:18 ESV

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  1. Cindy... you did an amazing job on the "Jude" Cabinet! The colors are beautiful(by the way what were they?) and the three ideas you gave for use are perfect! Yes, I will remember little Jude in my prayers. So thoughtful of you to give the proceeds from the project to his family.

    Blessings to you and your family and Merry Christmas!

    June G.

    1. The base color ASCP Chateau Grey and the top was a latex turquoise that I had on hand. I don't have the can so I'm not sure of the color name. Thanks for reading!

  2. it is beautiful! and such a great thing to do. :)

  3. Wow. This piece and blog posting melted my heart. What a special little boy and what a very special piece of furiture, a very fitting tribute.
    I found you through POWW!
    Crystal of Euphemeral Designs

  4. Stopping by from MMS. The cabinet is beautiful and so is your thoughtfulness.

  5. Very pretty redo. Love the cabinet! :)

  6. I am visiting from POWW.
    This is a lovely cabinet, and you staged it beautifully.
    How sweet of you to donate your profits to Jude's family. I have a dear friend whose little girl was born with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome. Unfortunately, she lost the battle, but I am so glad that little Jude is doing well. It is a heartbreaking condition, and as you said, the costs, both emotional and financial, are staggering. Fortunately, the outlook is improving, and I add my prayers for a complete recovery for Jude.

  7. Hi Cindy! I commented on this piece originally back in December. I should have thanked you for responding to my question on your color use..I love that grey/green base great idea! I hope Christen selects your cabinet to be featured next week! (My" before" picture is right above yours....I just couldn't figure out the whole link process...maybe next time!
    Blessings, June

    1. Love the Milk Paint, June! You are too sweet.