Thursday, August 1, 2013

A new month, a new blog

What better way to start a new month than with a new blog?  I've been mulling this over for some time and have finally decided to take the plunge.  My hobby/challenge is to rehab furniture that has seen better days - pieces usually found exiled to the cellar, looking forlorn at a yard sale or sitting at the curb hoping to be rescued.  I plan to share my exploits here - the good, the bad and the ugly!  If you're into recycling, think of this as "upcycling" and stop by regularly to check out the "before" and "after" photos and whether there's a piece available that you may be looking for.

This nightstand/end table wasn't in terrible shape when I found her (yes, it's a "she") at a yard sale -  neglected and very boring.

The first step was to wash off the dirt & grime with TSP.  Since there was no serious damage to her top, it was sanded & then stained with Behr, Belgium Walnut stain that I had in my stash.  She was painted with homemade chalk paint (sorry, an "oops" color from Home Depot) and lightly distressed.  Finally, she got a protective coat of Fiddes & Sons Paste Wax in Rugger Brown and was buffed nice & smooth.

She's looking and feeling much better now and is very proud of herself.  What do you think - with or without the basket?

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