Bought it at TJMaxx when I first came back to work on mom’s house. It’s been sitting in storage with all my other treasures—waiting for my life to resume.
But, in the end, I decided to cut it loose and took it to the antique mall. WHERE IT SAT. So I pulled it to make way for other stuff.
Although I’m looking at it -once again- I’ll stick with the plan of selling it—after I’ve REworked it a bit!
For my own use– I would probably strip it down to raw wood and just wax it. But for REsale– I’m painting and waxing it.
AND– I need to correct the hinges. Someone installed lift-off hinges—I have no idea why-?? They are for doors—usually found on an antique china cabinet so that you can lift off and remove the doors for moving without unscrewing at the hinge plate. Super convenient—should STILL BE IN USE—IMO!
◊ I removed the caned lid, then the hinges and chain (stored the “parts” in a zip lock).
◊ Primed everything with a stain blocker to cover the glazed finish,
◊ then got busy painting! Lightly, wiping away some, stippling some, and thick in key areas.
◊ Before things set up I grabbed the heat gun to stress select areas, then scrubbed those areas with a wire brush—all to create AGE!
◊ I lime waxed everything for its finish. The white is now embedded into the pits, and chips, and nooks, and crannies!
Below- you can see the results of using a heat gun, then scrubbing away the bubbled and stressed paint. Click on the picture to see the effects closer up.
You can see the effects of all the varied painting techniques and heat gun-stress with the finish coat of Liming Wax.
The once brand new, smooth finished bench now has the appearance of being an old piece! And now it goes back to the antique mall. . .
. . .wish you could see the texture in person!