Monday, May 5, 2008

Before and After...or Just After!

I like to paint furniture. It's been a while since I have braved a painting project with three kids, but here it is, my latest makeover.
I got a hutch on Craiglist for $12o from a real OC housewife in Coto de Caza. ( No, I don't watch that show!) It was built in the 1950's in Vermont. Nothing really special about it, but it had potential.

You'll just have to imagine the "before" picture. Old wood split in several places, flaking varnish, and a slightly musty smell that said, "You can just leave me in the garage." Which I did.

About two months, some serious gluing and sanding, two coats of primer, some more sanding, two coats of off-white paint, one coat of burnt umber glaze and a topcoat later, it looks like this:

It holds some dishes, my place mats, tablecloths and all our games. I'm really happy how it turned out!
(Thanks for your help Ben-honey and Benny-B.)

13 comments:

mindy said...

that's beautiful! I love it! you really have a talent for bringing out the hidden beauty.

rubberbandgirl said...

That looks really great, Kirsten.
All that work AND you get to keep it!

Leslie said...

As usual...I am totally in awe of your talents. Love it!

Anisa said...

I love it! I could use some fun furniture but I don't know if I can handle doing any painting like that right now! You are very ambitious.

Amy said...

That is gorgeous! I'm so impressed that you can visualize the end from the beginning.

Amy & Mark said...

I am so impressed! It looks beautiful!

Janie and Andrew said...

Wow! You did a great job! It looks fantastic. Maybe I'll talk to you about hints for refinishing our kitchen table... :)

Niki said...

I love it! I just got an old dresser off freecycle. We need to talk.

Missletoe said...

Wow! I am just amazed that you had a chance to take on a project of that magnitude at the same time your hubby was so busy! ...and it turned out so well too!

Mindelicious said...

Oh Kir, I haven't painted anything in ages! I miss that satisfaction. I miss painting things with you in your garage. Or maybe I just miss you...

Matt said...

I have lots of things you can paint. You know where we live. We will feed you well.

Tami said...

Looks great! Can't wait to really see it!

stephi k said...

I've had a children's desk in my garage for two months I bought at DI for $20. Dave's about to throw it out--where are you when I need you?