I spent this weekend getting a couple more pieces ready to sell. The first was easy, I had come across a mirror in a solid wood frame. The mirror had tape and stickers all over it, and the frame was splattered with paint from not removing or taping it before painting the walls around it. As I sanded off the paint, I was torn between restoring the natural wood and painting it. Of course, paint won out. :-) I find that at the moment everyone wants painted pieces rather than the natural look. Here is a peek at the original condition.
The mirror is a large one measuring 3 feet by 2 feet and 3 inches. It’s also very heavy! I decided to use the color I did because I thought it lent itself to more uses. I can see this over a mantle, by an entry way or even in a child’s bedroom. There wasn’t much to show you of the process. I gave it a light sanding to remove the older finish and the splattered paint, removed the tape and stickers with elbow grease and some goo gone, then painted it. Finally, I gave the mirror a good cleaning with white vinegar. Here is what it looks like tonight, sorry I can’t find a location to photograph the mirror without it showing half my apartment. It is being listed on Craigslist and set in the office where I sell my things.
Before I show you the table I finished this weekend as well I want to share a story that put me in my place.
My granddaughter stopped to visit with some sugary candy her mother bought her. She had dropped one on the ground outside my door but didn’t realize it until later. By the time it was noticed it was covered in sugar ants. My immediate reaction was to pick up the candy and toss it. She informed me that we couldn’t do that because the ants were hungry and were eating. Of course, I didn’t want them to eat this candy then decide to come inside my house looking for more food. I received a very gentle lecture that ants are just as important as the birds, bunnies, and bees we try to provide food for. I saw her reasoning and left the candy where it was. By the next morning there was no sign that the candy or the ants had ever been there. Leave it to a child to remind me that I shouldn’t choose which life is more important and deserves a treat now and then.
Back in May when the university students moved I was overwhelmed at times by the amount of things we dragged back to save. I found this little table which even without a top was worth saving. It was hand-made, but why there wasn’t a top on it, or signs of a top every being on it had me puzzled.
The next day out looking for what was waiting for garbage pickup I found this cabinet door.
As soon as I saw that door I knew I had my table top. I removed the hardware to save, and then waited for my friend with the saw to cut it down to size, he got busy with work and it never happened. Then another neighbor asked me if I needed any help, I asked if he could cut down this door for me. He was happy to help. In less than an hour I had a top ready to go. I primed everything, there was no question this would have to be painted as I was combining 2 completely different kinds of wood to come up with a functioning table. The top was then attached with L brackets which was simple to do.
I believe I’ve told you that not everything ends up as I first intend them to. This table was an example of changing my mind half way through. I began this table in May with the promise of summer approaching, I wanted color and could picture this on a porch, but with autumn fast approaching the look didn’t feel right anymore.
I almost forgot to take a picture of this and had begun to prime the table bottom which is why you can see white paint on some of those slats. My original idea was to paint the frame white, and have the bottom look like you see, the top when cut down was going to have the blue color on it to tie the piece together. Doesn’t work for me now. I was about to list this on Craigslist when I remembered my daughter-in-law had redone an antique stand for a nightstand in her new bedroom and sent her a picture with the measurements, it’s now heading out-of-town to become the second nightstand in her master bedroom. While the paint is still drying, thanks rain, here is what the table looks like now.
Just to give you an idea, here is the table my daughter-in-law recently painted, it’s slightly taller and has more character, but the paint will tie them in nicely.
Speaking of my son and his wife. My son has just been named “best husband ever”. Here’s why. His wife had spotted a china hutch she really wanted. She sent the picture to him and to me. I could definitely see the potential, but my son didn’t like it. Growing up with me he always had antiques around and never grew to love them. But a couple of days later, while his wife was out, he drove the few blocks and bought the hutch for her. All of $50! and set it up in the garage where she could work on it. When she got home he made a crack about the garage being a mess and she needed to do something with the stuff out there. (They just moved in a month ago and things she wants to paint or is in the process of are stored there). When she opened the door to the garage she leaped into his arms and proclaimed him the best husband ever. So what do you think of her $50 china hutch?
Yes, she should have been my biological daughter, we think very much alike, but while she lives a couple hours drive from me we still share ideas over email, thank goodness for the internet.
Would you have done something different with these two pieces had you found them? Inspire me for the next find.