Old is New Again!


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.









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