and saw this 3 tiered table among my packed up belongings ~I’d genuinely forgotten about it. Heck, I’d forgotten about several things…
which made all the work feel like a treasure hunt!
Thinking about some winter and holiday decorating in mom’s house, I decided to pull it out of the storage on this end for another look.
It looked a bit rough –from being in storage so long?
The top looks so discolored –too much harsh Arizona sun?
And I didn’t remember it being so blonde –??
Uh, yeah. It definitely needs a makeover!
In the interest of time -and the fact that I was working on the mechanical room- I had my stripper-guys tackle this for me, I negotiated $25. It would have cost me about that in product plus my time, & this way I could keep to my other project~very worthwhile!
At left you see it stripped clean, and I spent about an hour sanding it back to a smooth finish before staining.
Below, now stained—using both Golden Pecan and Aged Oak gel stains.
The piece was looking nice but, sort of FLAT. So I decided to grab some paint to ‘oxidize” it.
Not age it with a dark wax, or white or liming wax,
Like using an aging wax~you apply and wipe it away.
With paint, I apply it kind of sloppy into the grooves and crevices with a disposable chip brush and use a wet-damp rag to [loosely] wipe it away, then a dry rag to tidy it up. ~Only wanting a subtle look of age, I was sparing with the paint.
This small alteration to the room should make a helpful change for winter.
The Living room BEFORE with the ottoman
and AFTER with the 3-tiered table.
picture below on left While sorting through some of the boxes in the mechanical room—mom found a few snap shots from her parent’s wedding day in 1925!
picture below on right A whole area dedicated to family photos–really old ones, funny ones that are hard to put away and current! It’s a fun way to display pictures in a HUGE family and they get looked over SO MUCH!
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O M G ! ! !
If I’m dreaming…
don’t wake me!
-I’m trying, I’m trying-
Best. Day. EVER.
Happy Chocolate Day!
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I’ve had the flu, something secondary, tried to jump into some projects a bit too soon apparently, relapsing back into the flu and the stupid secondary thing. . .
I’m just NOW feeling better. Maaaaan.
Beyond THAT nonsense, I’m working on crappy projects that ~truth be told~ I’d almost rather still be sick than do. Fall clean up, and cleaning up/out the storage unit and garage to put things away for winter. Isn’t THAT so exciting?
Wait–there’s more. . .
We need to have a gas line rerun from the house to the garage and the condition of the mechanical room was NOT going make that happen. So we’re in the process of tearing up and rebuilding yet another space to work -APPROPRIATELY-.
Even MORE exciting, HuH?
I forgot to take a picture before beginning–don’t think I would’ve shown it to you anyway–just too embarrassing.
The “Before” might have looked like a “Burried Alive” show—THIS picture is at end of day today. It’s about a 90° change with another 90° change scheduled for tomorrow.
THEN, we start putting up the Green House.
No rest for the weary,
ps~ a LONG-ago picture of an Arizona Fall I actually really got to enjoy!
The Grand Canyon in Fall! However, once the Park Ranger got over the shock of how I coaxed that buck to the car with Keebler crackers, he seriously reprimanded me for the dangers of doing that! OH–yeah–uh…
…seemed like a fun idea at the moment–and HIS hips totally handled those yummy, buttery, calorie-fest crackers better that mine! ; D
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I’ve learned through the years to keep an open mind for sake of
surprises & happy accidents!
I traveled home to Phoenix. I emptied my storage unit and drove a big truck with the balance of my stUff back to my mother’s—until I figure out my next move.
But now I have stUff all over the place & it needs to be put away somehow-somewhere. And since we all know that necessity is the mother of all invention. . . . I sat quietly thinking about and sketching out a solution.
I had a plan~but then I stumbled onto this 90¢ thrift store cabinet and those plans took a slightly-left turn.
So I made some design changes and got to work!
And I really love it!
Looking back, the pictures in the original stain don’t look too bad—hUh. Anyway, until I’m back in my own home again the finishes work well in mom’s LL and I have access to my beloved dishes!
But as MUCH as it holds—all my dishes are nOt put away, so I need to think about MORE storage solutions. Dear Lord–
The right door was originally broken (I’m sure the reason it was so cheap). I re-glued and clamped it but it’s going to need more attention–AND the old DEmountable hinge seems to be sprung, thankfully I can still order a replacement! I haven’t seen these in forever and didn’t know they were still made, so, whew! GooD hinges are a BiG deal~I know this from my years designing expensive kitchens!
*The benefit to this DEmountable hinge is that you can adjust or remove a door from just ONE SCREW per hinge! However, Euro and Mepla hinges are actually nicer (nothing visible from the outside) and give more range of adjustment and removal. If you have a newer kitchen w/better cabinets you’ve probably got one of these styles! Enough with the geeky cabinet info!
Yes–another of my obsessions! I love to create a beautiful place setting and am so excited to see my pretty dishes again! I’ll have to share some of it soon—Lenox, Waterford, Mikasa, Noritake, Spode, Charter Club, Calvin Klein, and a big stack of actual Italian chargers!!! Virtually everything I’ve collected easily mixes and matches so I really get to play with it all!
~I need to figure out where all my stone ware is going to go next—yikies!
~Early this morning I headed downstairs to look at my project again and this was the morning light coming into the lower-level (basement).
~The last pictures are something I just found on pintrest and a collage showing the concept to completion of my project!
I’m sharing this project with just a few of my favorite linky parties!
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My ears won’t pop,
my head is about to explode from all the coughing,
my nose doesn’t stop running, this at the end of the flu? So unfair–but,
it is sO gOOd to BE OUTside and working on a project again!!!
After sanding both doors, I got started waxing them with liming wax for a sort of “white washed” look!
I also made some decisions about the “interior.” I would have loved to play with some gray or blue and old white combo, but giving consideration to where this will go and what it will be around, AND the china it will hold, I stayed with the tones of “wood, liming wax, chocolate.” So, essentially—browns. ; D
Instead of JUST PAINTING the interior walls and shelves, I splashed on some initial paint but spread it out and around with a Venetian plaster spatula.
Here’s why–1. Using a V-p spatula pushes the paint into the wood’s grain and crevices, it reduces how much paint/pigment is left on the surface making a semi translucent finish (with more color than stain). 2. The V-p spatula leaves a silky-smooth finish without any sanding! 3. Such a thin amount of paint dries almost immediately–YaY. *I did decide to lightly sand for some distressing.
The interior walls and shelves were done so fast–I got to move right on to adding the edge banding—it was nEVer going to look properly finished looking at plywood edges!
I bought ¾” pre-glued Red Oak veneer edge banding, $2.69 for 8ft. I had about 6″ left at the end (whew).
You iron it on (melting the glue) but I had all those curves so I also used a heat gun ~and a towel to hold it in place until it set ’cause it’s hOt! Then I sanded the surface and edges for a nice finish, and it looks FABulous!
I reapplied the original backboard but then overlaid it with tongue & groove planks on the horizontal.
Today–I have just a few details to be finished and I’ll get to bring it in the house and
load it up!
Yeah, sorry I’m being a little slick with the black & whites, but I’d rather show you the finishes when it’s
TOTALLY FINISHED! ; D
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