Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
I've been wanting to do a completely natural dresser for a while now. And I chose this one hoping that the design on the dresser was actually in the wood. The wood was heavy enough that it could have been oak, but you never truly know till you strip it down right?
Well I was wrong..Sometimes I want things so much I don't want to believe it might not turn out to be what I had hoped for.
And sometimes I have to give up my wants for something equally as beautiful.
This is one of those times.
I did my magic. Removed the pulls and treated them with a flat black as I think that always looks great against an antique piece.
The wood came up beautifully!
Someone decided to remove the lock though. I can never figure that one out. Just take away the key if you don't want it locked. I didn't fill it in, just in case someone came across a lock for it.
My "natural" instinct has been appeased. I'm happy, and ready for paint again...lol
I love before and after pictures of all kinds of things.
I ohhh and ahhhh along with everyone else when things are fixed or recreated.
I love seeing what others do.
But unlike a lot of people, I can appreciate what goes into getting that final product. The pride the people feel when a job is complete (that or simply grateful it was done and no one died in the process)
I thought I would share one of the pieces I'm working on right now.
I probably paid way to much considering the condition of this dresser.
Don't you love the shape? It's really hard to see on the pic above but the top was bowed up. Like REALLY bowed up, probably by almost a quarter inch. It was BAD!!
But I love it..and felt that it was worth it. (still at the crossing fingers stage here
I wasn't to worried about these deep gouges because I planned on planing it down.
So the work began.
I brought out my trusty hand planer and got to work. Can you see how much I'm cutting away? I have no idea if this is the right method, but I crossed my fingers and dug in (see my pun there?)
Warning. Planers created a HUGE mess. That pile is just about 5 inches deep. The pile actually looks pretty small in the pic. You know it's big when Hubby walks in the door after work and marvels at how much of a mess I made (he was proud of me...lol)
These are AFTER the planer and for the most part, after I used a belt sander to get rid of the worst of the ridges.
See how rough the top is?
Then starting the work with 150 grit sandpaper.
Not perfect yet, but it's getting there, and I believe I can save the top enough to do stain.
Thankfully not everything I bring home requires this much work.
So there you are. Some of the mess I create for myself.
Crossing my fingers that I will have a finished product to show next week. :)
I think that anyone who does what I do, has to love history.
Last weekend I went to a yard sale where I picked up some precious pieces of history. I just wanted to share with you.
First this suitcase.
Just looks like an old suitcase right?
Check a little closer.
This one has done some serious traveling.
There are other stickers on it that confirm it has traveled through Europe pre-WW1. How cool is that. And to top it off...it's made of wood with a canvas covering on it. I love it! I want to clean it up without ruining the sticker.
At the same yard sale I found this baby bath.
This one is roughly from 1900. Some of the decals are still showing.
Adorable teddy bear and elephant.
It's actually in GREAT shape for it's age and the use it must have gone through.
Both handles are still firmly attached. and NO HOLES! It still holds water :)
Stuff like this makes me wonder about the people that used them. The babies that were bathes and people that traveled.
I do know that the people that sold it to me were immigrants from the Netherlands...so the chances of these items coming from Europe are pretty good.
I can so see these being used in some photography studio as props.
But till I sell them, I will proudly display them in my home. :)