Bringing an old girl back to life instead of sending her out to pasture. We all deserve that don’t’ we? That’s how I think of beautiful old furniture. Pieces that (UNbelievably) some would throw to the curb, destined for our already overloaded landfills. Pieces that, like ourselves, were treasured & cared for by someone who loved them. Beautiful, and speaking so elegantly of their time and place. Some were used well, some were not. In life we have facelifts, in furniture we have restoration. One in the same I’d say. I’ve spent many hours bringing some “old beauties” back to life with a bit of sanding and paint (okay all you traditionalist – stop cringing!), and lately I’ve been learning the “art” of total restoration. I will show you a few of my “painted ladies” and my first ever complete restoration. Painting is no sissy job for sure as I have learned. But total restoration is a whole other ballgame (i.e., HARD LABOR!). But with the help & guidance of two people who are perfectionist’s, I am learning. My good friend Hepcat and Big Daddy, my husband Michael. One (Hepcat) a master of his craft, & both perfectionist’s. One telling me the “how to’s” of technique & products, the other providing a helping hand and making sure I do NOT slide or take short cuts in order to get there faster (a quack for a facelift or a skilled plastic surgeon??). So, here are some things I’ve brought back to life with a few coats of paint, and my crowning glory, my first total restoration of a gorgeous set of tables from the early 50’s.
An old European wicker bassinet we found at a rummage sale that was structurally sound but in need of a coat of paint & TLC
Miscellaneous pieces of bedroom furniture from garage sales
Some VERY worn out, tired old white wicker we thought would be so elegant in glossy black
And my "Crown Jewel" ~ Before and after
The top of the coffee table was dark & gnarley with water marks & cigarette burns :- (
Done! Well, almost - I cheated - I still have to put the final coat of finishing wax, but you can see the beautiful wood grain pattern that was hidden before. (The white dot & shading are shadows outside). This is the result of 9 hours of sanding and three coats of tongue oil applied over three days