Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Making Olden Better

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Hello, Dear Ones. I have a redo to share with you today.
I found an olden chest and knew I loved her but she looked so tired.

Here she sits in all of her tired oldenness. Bless her heart

I knew she had possibilities!

So out in the garage, I got down and dirty! :)
Primed her up and she already looked better.
Now don't laugh at me ~ those little hangy downs would not come off.
I tried a screw driver and the heads of the screws were already stripped.
I got out the pliers and tried that.
Nope. Didn't work. Shoot!
I just had to leave them on the drawers!
Does anyone know what to do when you can't get off the hardware?

Here she sits.
Now Dear Ones, some of you have drop cloths hanging at your windows,
I have them on the garage floor all yucked up!
I decided to just sand the top and restain it.

Ta Dah! Here she is in all of her oldenness looking so much more spiffy!
Don't you just love her?

She's actually not this white in person.
I used Zinsser primer and then painted her with
Behr Premium Plus ~ Parchment Paper.
The color is a soft creamy creamy cream. You know that color, don't you? :)

Look at this! I do believe this little chest was a child's dresser.
On the back there is an area where a mirror had been attached.
The reason I say I believe it was a child's dresser is because it's so low to the ground.
Now Dear Ones, I'm only 4' 11 1/2" tall and the top of this doesn't even come up to my most shapely hips! Now you know I'm teasing on that! :)

I didn't have access to the wonderful waxes everyone is using
so I just grabbed some clear Minwax.
I thought waxing was hard but quicker than painting on a poly sealer.

I love seeing all of the glazing you all do but alas, again I didn't have any glaze and don't know nuttin' about it. So being the most creative one whom I am, I grabbed a little bottle of my olden craft paint in brown and rubbed it in these little grooves down the legs and wiped it off!
Voila! It worked.

Did I do good? Please tell me I did! :)

Now I almost don't like these little knobs since they gave me so much trouble.
I just primed over them, then painted them, then rubbed on more craft paint on the guard at the back. I liked that look but didn't like how it looked on the hangy downs.
So, this is where I just amaze myself! :)
I got some old cleaning rags and wrapped them around the hangy downs so the drawer part would be protected and got out my Rustoleum hammered bronze and sprayed those little boogers!
I thought they turned out just fine.
I would have loved to have had the back guards this color too but they were not coming off!

Now gaze your most gorgeous peepers on the top.
Isn't she pretty and shiny?

Now I've poked down some sweet little things for you to see.
I love my doggys and this one was so happy to be the special one to sit here.

Then my olden basket who went through Hurricane Ike and came out all mildewed but was saved by bleaching and spray painted a dab, was poked full of hydrangeas.
Faux ones of course!

Lovely views of the fauxs!

I love my new little chest and now I will name her ~
Yes, ma'am, Charlotte it is!
She just looks like a Charlotte, don't you think?

Here's a fiddled with snap of the fauxs. Love this stuff.

There you go, Dear Ones, and I hope you've enjoyed getting to know my new olden Charlotte!

I'm joining these parties this week:

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
Longer Than
Longer than there've been fishes in the ocean
Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there've been stars up in the heavens
I've been in love with you.

Stronger than any mountain cathedral
Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval
I am in love with you.

I'll bring fire in the winters
You'll send showers in the springs
We'll fly through the falls and summers
With love on our wings.

Through the years as the fire starts to mellow
Burning lines in the book of our lives
Though the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow
I'll be in love with you.
I'll be in love with you.

Longer than there've been fishes in the ocean
Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there've been stars up in the heavens
I've been in love with you
I am in love with you..
~ sung by Dan Fogelberg