So often we hear "They just don't make things like they used to" and I completely agree. I find this particularly true of furniture, which is why I love giving new life to old and vintage pieces. Not to mention the earth-friendly benefits of repurposing these items.
As my husband will attest, the best cottage outing for me is a trip to the dump. You never know what treasures you will find there! We've hauled home numerous smelly, spidery, dirty items with the vision of what they could become.
I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of these 'projects' on my blog. I know how much I love seeing before and after pictures like these and I hope it will inspire others who are inclined to do the same.
We inherited a few pieces of furniture from my husband's mom which I plan to give new life to. They are very solid, well made pieces, with dove-tailed corners and clean lines. This first table, which I remember sitting between two 'wing-back' chairs in my mother-in-law's living room, is an interesting octagon design with solid construction. While the table was not our 'style', I was drawn to its interesting lines and shape.
To refinish it, I gave it a light sanding with a palm sander, primed it with an oil based primer to seal the wood and provide a base for the paint to stick to, then finished it with a few coats of Benjamin Moore's Cabinet Coat in 'Onyx'. We re-used the original brass handles which we cleaned and polished using Brasso brass cleaner.
It was such a rewarding project. We ended up with a very practical, interesting piece of furniture that brings a sense of nostalgia and connection to family.