It isn't often that you get a message from a friend (on my facebook wall, of all places) that says this:
"I FOUND this piece of furniture in my garage. Do you want it?"
As my husband said "How do you just FIND something in your garage?" Ha!
But I was happy that she did because I made out like a bandit :) She also ended up giving me a table & 2 chairs in exchange for painting & recovering 2 chairs for her. I think I got a good deal.
Here is the before, in it's "found in the garage" state:
Somehow I totally failed to take any pictures of the top, which I stripped & stained. It might have been the easiest thing I've ever stripped. The finish just brushed right off, it was crazy. I chose English Chestnut for the stain, which is out of my comfort zone, but its always good to go a little out of your comfort zone, right?
I painted the piece in ASCP Old White, then a coat of Louis Blue, then distressed pretty heavily. I wanted the white to show through but I also wanted some dark to show through, so I did a good bit of dark wax once the clear wax was dry.
I also added some wood accents where the hardware used to be. I attached them with gorilla glue, but since I didn't have any clamps big enough, I just sat full cans of Chalk Paint on them overnight to get them to dry. I did stain the accents first, since as I said I wanted them to show dark when I distressed them.
Why didn't I paint them before I attached them? In a hurry, I guess. I'm not a very patient person. Of course, then my dad came over & had to add "You should have left those dark. They looked better dark, before you painted them". Thanks, dad! Gotta love the honesty :)
Almost done here. Still need to drill holes & choose new hardware.
I hate that I didn't get any good, staged pictures of it, but it only had a chance to be in my kitchen for a wee bit before it sold.
It is a fun piece, for sure… and it is sold :) Happiness!
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