I named the title of this post after the date that was stamped on the back of this little beauty.
I Googled 12/4/79 and nothing eventful happened on that day, except Lisa Minelli's 3rd marriage and some baseball player retired.
Anyway, enough about history, I got her (yes I do talk about furniture like they are people) for an amazingly low price and even haggled a bit since I was only able to purchase the 1. I would love to have bought a set, but the second hand store only had this one and so I thought I would use it for my room as an end table or nightstand.
She sat on my front porch all winter collecting my shoes and my kids shoes insider her cabinet.
Up until recently I finally found some time and inspiration on how to use her.
So the top of the veneer was all bubbly when I bought it and being out in the elements didn't help either.
I decided to take the veneer off by using a steamy iron and a spackle/putty knife.
Ok, warning!!! Alert! Alert! Something I want to share with you when you decide to attempt to remove veneer off of furniture. First off, depending on the condition of the veneer you will encounter some difficulty removing it, like I did.
Because the furniture maker/manufacturers use super, super, super extra strenth glue to stick the veneer on to furniture. I had quite a hard time taking it off and when using the hot steamy iron in order to melt the glue enough to pry it off with the putty knife I left some burn marks on the wood underneath. See...
My intention initially was to paint the bottom half and stain the top, but after I burnt the top I knew that even a dark stain wouldn't be able to hide that burn mark. My caveat, be very careful in using the hot iron in making sure that you don't leave it on too long since you'll end up in my shoes with a burned spot.
Now perhaps in my lack of expertise I could have done something about that burn spot, but after sanding it a couple of times it didn't go away, so I decided to go with plan B (I didn't have one, but after I went
To make this brief, I'll let the pictures do the story telling. But I primed and painted the bottom in a oops paint color I mixed up together and
And so because the chalkboard paint didn't have smooth edges when I removed the tape, I stenciled in a design to distract from the uncrisp (if that's a word) edges.
It seems all my mistakes led me to make another decision to
And this is the finished product. What do you think? Is there anything I could have done differently or better? Please share your thoughts and comments.
As always, thanks for stopping by! In Christ's peace..
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P.S. I always want to end with some words of wisdom from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Something essential I learned a little while back.
"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."
-- Luke 9:23