Thursday, January 22, 2009

Furniture Renewal



In early December something nudged me back into an old groove..... painting old furniture. Years ago I was one of those "strip and refinish the natural wood" people but somewhere along the line I found paint. Some people are appalled by the very idea., "Paint wood furniture???" but not me; I love paint. I have painted every room in all 5 homes we have owned (at least once!) and have painted plenty of furniture over the years as well..but...I had not done so in quite some time.

In December, burnt out and bleary eyed from grading 100's of college students' papers... I began acquiring old pieces to "renew." I ended up doing several pieces for family members for Christmas and a few for my own house as well. Truth be told, there are currently several pieces around in various stages of renewal but, that it part of the fun.

I'll round up some more pictures and post them, but this is one piece I "found" on Craig's List. I drove to the seller's house at the start of a snow storm at dusk. We trekked through the snow to an old chicken coop out back. This lovely piece had been stored there and was looking quite forlorn. Here is is, almost complete, in the corner of my bedroom. I repaired damaged sections, sanded, clamped, primed, and painted. Some reproduction vintage paper was added to the back. Now it needs 2 new shelves added and a few other details to be complete.