Tuesday, July 26, 2011

one huge ornate piece

This piece was another doozy ~ seems like I've had a lot of those lately.


As you can see, I was drawn to the solid wood top, great deep & functional drawers and the ornate cabinet fronts.  If you could have seen the dust/junk under those hideous pulls ~ eeeewwww, it gives me chills just thinking about it :(

I stripped & then heavily sanded the top to get down to bare wood.  Primed & painted the piece in color matched Heirloom White (in a Behr premium paint, just trying to use it all up!).  Kept the original hardware on the drawers & added some new, *much* more simple hardware for the cabinet doors.


And, after:

I LOVE it.  I may have trouble parting with it :)  We shall see!

*Updated to add:  At the right price, I didn't have too much trouble parting with it.  Ha!  I LOVE Miss Mustard Seed's recent post about her attachment to her stuff since starting her business.  She shared that she's sold things she *never* thought she'd sell since she now has the right access to replace her pieces with even better ones.   I had to leave her a comment & share that I have the exact same sentiments!  I've had neighbors & family members aghast at some of the things I've sold (no family heirlooms or anything, just favorite pieces) but I know now that there will be others down the road.  My husband likes to tell folks who come to our home that "everything" is for sale except the children :)  And although that is not entirely true, there is not a lot I wouldn't sell for the right price!

thanks for coming by!

linking to these great parties:
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesdays
Perfectly Imperfect's All things Furniture
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's Tuesday's Treasures


  1. Wow, that really is one huge ornate piece! My husband also tells people that everything is for sale, but I still have trouble parting with some things. At our sales, I prefer not to work the sale counter. I just don't enjoy seeing it all play out. Just tell me when it's gone!

  2. What a gorgeous piece! I too become very emotionally attached to my furniture. Of course my buying motto is not to buy anything that I wouldn't want in my own home. Makes it tough to let go! Deb

  3. it looks wonderful- i think the hardware change had high impact..... there are so many details on the piece itself that less is more when it comes to the hardware! good call!

  4. The white looks beautiful with the dark top!

  5. Great improvement, always love a dark top with a white base. Looks good!

  6. You really made this into a beautiful piece! I totally understand about selling. I am constantly selling things out of my house. My friends say you never know what my home will look like from visit to visit. I have few permanent pieces. There is always another one! Remembering that helps my feelings when I miss that great deal too!

  7. Oh my goodness I love what you did, I have got to try some heirloom white!

  8. Wow it's so beautiful in white! It made all that pretty detail stand out without being overwhelming like it was with the wood tone. Love it!

  9. Too funny story in your update!! LOL I read that piece over at MMS too and can see what she means about selling pieces she thought she never would. I don't sell yet (too scared) but I can see it coming, God Willing.

    Love the makeover and your attitude-- you GO, Girl!

    Visiting from Linky party at Restore Interiors!

    Smiles, Suzanne in IL

  10. That turned out beautiful! I love the stained top, definitely worth the extra work!!


  11. Really love your piece...which now belongs to someone else! Great repurpose!

  12. b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. You did a wonderful job!