Here’s a mentionable of the DIY variety. I have a thing for browsing thrift stores. I love finding a small piece of furniture like an accent table that has some character and just needs a little TLC. Many months ago I was thrifting with my little girl snug in her Bjorn and I came across this little cabinet. I liked the detail in the doors and I actually liked the finish, but the veneer was peeling off pretty badly. I knew that a little Pledge wasn’t going to fix all the blemishes, so I thought, “Hmm.” Then I asked about the price and it was a steal for $9.
Here is a closer look at the chipped and cracking finish.
Initially I thought I could give it a light sanding and simply paint on a few coats of a gorgeous color. Well, when I brought it home and began sanding, I quickly learned that this cabinet needed A LOT of sanding AND wood putty in some of the deeper blemishes. …AND then some MORE sanding. So this was a fun little exercise in refinishing and painting furniture 101. I used my husband’s hand sander for the larger, flat surfaces, and a 100 grit sanding block for the harder to reach places. I used Elmer’s wood putty for all the dings and deep nicks. It’s important to start priming and painting with a clean surface, so I used tack cloth (it’s like really sticky gauze) to wipe away all the residual dust from sanding. So once I did that I got to priming and painting. I like using the foam roller brushes for the larger surfaces and the smaller foam brushes for those harder to reach places. I ended up using three coats of primer (just to be safe) and two coats of the paint color. I just asked my husband to go take a look at the paint color so I could note it here in this post and I was expecting something along the lines of “sky blue” or “Tiffany blue” but no . . . the name of it is “slow dance.” What? The color was a custom mix so maybe the paint guy was having some fun.
Aaaaand the big reveal!
It’s not like I knocked this project out in a couple of days, (although you could) more like a few months. It was tricky for me to find time to work on a project like this when I’ve got a little one about to wake up from her nap at any moment. That always seemed to happen. Right when I would get all my ducks in a row to work on the project, nap time was over. So I chipped away at night or on the weekends. I was pretty happy with the results. I wasn’t aiming to have it look like a brand new piece of furniture. I did want some of the character to show through. Some of the worn “crackle” is still visible through the new coats of paint which I was kind of secretly hoping for. Some of the dings are ever so slightly visible too. I wasn’t secretly hoping for that. I’ll just chalk that up to its natural character.
PS Thrifting can easily lead to a phase 1 hoarding situation. Know when to stop bringing furniture home. Unless you have a big garage . . .then it’s totally fine.
Here’s my next DIY project. Isn’t it cute? It’s like an old-fashioned, very petite telephone desk. For my daughter’s room. I’m thinking a white or pale pink paint with adorable fabric for the cushion? It will be several posts until this project is mentionable!
Next week’s Jennifer’s Mentionables ~ The best chicken tortilla soup.