Restain Furniture For A New LooK
I am so having nightmares about wanting to restain my bookshelves. The color isn’t right. I originally liked it. Would have wanted something darker, but the family outvoted me 2 to 1. Light oak bookshelves (with a touch of brown trim), light hardwood floors, and banana split colored walls. If it wasn’t for the books, you wouldn’t know the bookshelves existed.
But the real reason I hate the shelves? As you know (or can read here), I designed these bookshelves specifically to deal with my chair rail. Built them myself, taking an entire summer. I picked out the wood, cut it, stained it, drilled holes, nailed, added feet and trim. It was a lot of work.
Okay, calm down my diy home goddesses! I’m gonna tell you. The REAL reason I hate my bookshelves? My sister’s mouth. I showed her a picture of all the work I did. The sweat. The tears. The cussing. The constant washing of the skin to get splatter stains off. And what were her words when she saw the picture?
This is a before shot of one of the 8 bookshelves I’m restaining.
“What am I looking at?” she asked (Seriously?)
“The bookshelves I made,” I responded.
“Well,” she continued, “they match the floor.”
Come on! Really? That was all she had to say about it. Not they looked good. Didn’t say you did a good job. Or even wow, that must have been a lot of work. Nope, “they match the floor!” Read more
Furniture Finish Touch Up
Do you want to do a furniture re-do, or just a furniture touch up?
Do you really want to do plastic surgery, or just give it some make up? Both can be done, but you want to examine the piece thoroughly and search your heart.
Doesn’t this look like the kind of table they used for poker before casinos were everywhere? I can just see it in a gentleman’s club, surrounded by cigar smoke.
When I found the table and chairs in Mid Century Furniture, I found my design calling. I didn’t like antiques as much as I thought I did. I knew they were kind of stuffy (IMHO), but I thought that it was cool to go green, and use furniture already made, was well used but well taken care of, and maybe had a story to be discovered or made up. But my eyes kept wandering to the retro look. The 40s-60s look. Who would have guessed? Well, I guess I should have! After all, in my basement, I do have some Poang chairs from Ikea (some furniture well made, some not so well made, IHMO) that are a replica take on the furniture style from back then, and I love them.
But I digress. This is a post about me putting make up on some furniture. I didn’t want to overhaul the pieces, I just wanted a furniture touch up. And here we go. Read more