Furniture face lift….Your own style….

I’ve always liked antiques when it comes to furniture.  Whenever I see new furniture, it just looks cookie cutter like it belongs in a doctor’s office waiting area.  To each their own.  I guess my sense of style is a bit eclectic.  I’ve been looking for the right dresser forever.  If you remember an older post from the summer, “curbside treasures”, you may recall the solid cherry dresser I rescued from the side of the road.  Well, it’s finally finished.  I have to say, I love how it turned out.  The grain of the wood is beautiful.  It wasn’t too difficult to re-finish.  As usual, it’s just finding the time to just get it done.

I wanted to see the grain of the wood.  So simply using my hand-held sander, I sanded the top, sides and drawer faces.  After getting the old varnish off and eliminating the scratches, I applied a clear stain for cherry wood.  Depending on the look you’re going for, you could use a colored stain, dark stain or chalk paint.  Chalk paint does not require any prior sanding.  It can simply be applied.  It’s the oldest type of furniture paint around.

What projects do you have going on?  Do you prefer a more modern, standard look?  Do you have more of an antique eclectic style?  Let’s share some ideas….

Curbside treasure, refinished….

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day.  I was able to re-finish this little table.  It was one of the items I found on a random curbside treasure find.  I’m not sure if it’s an old typewriter table or a doctors table? As you can see in the pictures, it has wheels, with locks and flaps on the end.  Regardless of its original use, I like it.  It was dirty, with chipped paint and a lot of glass rings on top.  I couldn’t wait to hit it with my sander and see what the grain of the wood looked like.  I originally thought I was going to remove all of the black paint.  But, as I sanded I really liked the look of the blended paint and wood so I left it.  When I finished sanding, I applied a natural oak stain.  I’m really pleased with the results and it turned out to be a perfect end table in my living room.  At least for now.  I tend to move furniture around a lot.  Does anyone else?  

What items have you turned from trash to treasure?  Does anyone have a clue to what kind of table that actually is?