I have a lot of hobbies, and somewhere along the way I turned that into a blog, facebook page, and a few fairly decent how-to videos… but they are not all equal, all the time.
Right now, I’m in a furniture phase.
For the past few years I’ve become braver when it comes to furniture, and I think it’s largely due to the fact that I just feel like this world has enough “stuff”. It’s also partly because I’m tired of paying money for things that fall apart after a few years, while the pieces I refinish sit as solid and new as the day I completed them.
I’m always stopping by thrift shops and junk stores, keeping my eyes open for something that could not only be refinished, but become a desirable item once again. Last month, my eyes caught a sad, old plant stand that had some water rot on the shelves, but the spindles and brass knobs were perfect. It was also $4.
Maybe I could have saved the shelves, but the water had caused some warping and it was easy enough to have new shelves made since my FIL is a top notch wood worker. He actually made me 3 shelves, to replace the 3 I had, but I made the decision to keep the stand at 2 shelves and kept the third pieces for another project.
While I usually refinish pieces in creams and ivory, I really wanted to use this vintage pear shade that I had, and I love how it came together with the vintage papers I used for the decoupage.
If you’ve never added paper into your refinishing techniques, you are missing out!
It’s a delicate process, but by using some modge-podge glue and good quality prints, you can layer the paper onto the wood, and once dry, sand it down to bring out the wood grain and give the paper a distressed look, much like you would with paint.
Here is another project I did, but using a paper napkin. You can see how the wood has almost absorbed the print!
I finished this piece with some brown antique wax, and a few clear coats to keep it water resistant.
So what do you think? Did I get my $4 worth?