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Thursday, July 26, 2012

December 4, 1979

Hello fellow followers.  I'm glad that I've found some time to write this little post about another project I've been working on.

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 loco happy with the iron, I needed one ASAP).


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 hand dipped the hardware in liquid gold.  spray painted the hardware gold.  For the top I painted that the same color and used a poster board I cut out to make a template for my chalkboard paint... Oh yea I'm taking it there.

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 hide correct the previous mistake. And being the lazy DIY'er I just rolled with it rather than doing it over.  Such is life, when it hands you lemons, make some lemonade!














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..
Patricia


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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

8 comments:

suzyq said...

NOTHING you could have done could have made this any prettier - it's absolutely amazing!!!
Great job Patricia!!!
I'm drooling - lol

Patricia said...

Awww Suzy, you're making me blush, thanks so much, its funny how mistakes happen and then they become works of art all by themselves.

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, I am in love with this!! You did a fabulous job. The color is gorgeous. This really is a true beauty. You go, girl!!!

I am actually a third grade teacher at a Christian school, and I love your awesome Scriptures. Looks like we have much in common. :) HUGS

Chrissie said...

Perfection! I love everything French provincial. You did an awesome job. Love that you end your post with scripture too!

Patricia said...

Kathy,thank you for your comment. The color was purely accidental, but I love it too.

Wow Kathy what a divine commission to lead our young generation to the truth.

"Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great."

--Luke 9:48

Patricia said...

Chrissie, thanks for your comument. I've been a long time admirer of your work and your painting style. You definitely have a gift from God.

I love french provincial style too!

Deidre said...

Patricia I LOVE what you did to this piece! You are an ARTIST!!! Pure genious:) I appreciate that you always end with scriptural inspiration!Have a blessed weekend!

Danielle @ Antique Recreation said...

Hey, on Dec 4, 1979 I turned 7! Woo-hoo! I love what you did to this piece. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the scripture, too!

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