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Thursday, July 30, 2009

When It's Too Dark Out To Weed....



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I found this old lady at a thrift shop here in our city. She is very cheezy looking ...but I saw more for her than this life as an out dated dust collector...so I took her home!
I sanded off what little shine was left to her, removed the awful plastic windows...and primed, painted it cream and then set to rubbing three different colors of stain all over the place! Mahogany, dark walnut and black. Then....I waited and Waited and WAITED....very impatiently for the stain to cure. Goodness it felt like an eternity!
I painted the door knobs and hinges....and waited still more waiting! Have you met me??? WAITING is NOT my thing!
But...it was finally time. Well...I may have jumped the gun a bit...hope not or my cherubs and angels are going to stick...lol Here is my big moment!
The candle lamp is from the thrift shop too...I liked it....
Not sure if I want to add wire to the doors ...for now they are empty.
She sits in the basement on the wall that is the laundry room wall. Inside the bottom is crayons and paper in the drawers...and underneath is full of board games. I have already let the "gang" know to keep their filthy mitts off my cabinet! A close up of the finish....
And a shot with the light on! I think I am liking it for now...Sure glad I found her! She cost me less than $80 for the top, bottom and all the supplies!
And that is what I did when it was too dark to weed last week!

40 comments:

aidensmom said...

Oh wow! I love it. You did a great job too. Thrift shops are just great aren't they?

Tamara Jansen said...

Wow, you've got the patience of a SAINT! Looks FAB.

Outside In said...

What a great find, and love the finished look.
Most of my furniture is antiques, I love it!


-Cathy

Coloradolady said...

This is great! Yes, link in, that would be wonderful...but...only one condition, email me how you did the finish...in detail....I LOVE that!! Love, Love, LOVE it!!!

Have a great VTT!! I am glad you are going to link in today!

Candy said...

Aewsome make over. You have a good eye. And thrifty too!
Welcome to my following friends. Looking forward to more sharing in the coming months.

~~Carol~~ said...

What an incredible makeover! That finish looks like something only a professional could achieve! Love it, and all of the treasures on it!

imjacobsmom said...

You amaze me. This looks great! I like how you used different tones of stain it really gives it depth and character. ~ Robyn

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Great find. I love what you did with it.
Molly

squawmama said...

Hey Tootsie, Wow I love that piece... What a difference you made with it... It went from trash to treasure... Have a great day my friend!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

CiNdEe said...

Beautiful transformation! Love the different colors on the wood(-: Great job(-:

the wild raspberry said...

what a nice piece to house your lovely collection...
chasity

Sigrun said...

Do you have a special pair of eyes? i never find neat stuff like this. Maybe I'm just too busy delivering my own usefulness-to-me-outlived stuff to notice if there is anything useful for me. Great job of creatively refinishing it. Nice collection. i'm trying to give up dusting, but I like a clean house, so the obvious choice is to stop collecting dust collectors. :o)

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

great makeover! end result stunning.. and the cherubs.. just lovely

Miri said...

Wonderful! You really did turn an old dumpy dame into a lovely piece of furniture! and useful too...love your cherubs living there!

Miss Janice said...

Goodness gracious...what a transformation--a piece from who knows when...now looks beautiful and is such a great piece to show off all your darling cherubs. (I am also a cherub lover!) It looks stunning!

Darla said...

Good job Tootsie...I adore your cherubs too, they are so cute...I wish we had more thrift stores in our area...I'm not familiar with gel stain, help me out here??

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

wow you got yourself a bargain alright and you've done a lovely paint job on it :)

Teresa said...

You did a great job! Amazing what a little love can do for an old piece.

onlymehere said...

Is there anything you CAN'T do?! You have made this beautiful! Great job. I have furniture I need refinishing too but can't seem to get around to it. Maybe when it gets too dark out?......

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

I must admit, you have more patience than I do. You did a great job. And it so satisfying to find a cast-off, see its potential and make it into your own special treasure.

Justine said...

Ooh, I love the way all the white accessories look on it. GREAT job, Glenda! now come down here and do some decorating for me, 'cause i'm completely clueless!

Justine :o )

The Japanese Redneck said...

Tootsie, looking at your yard pics, I thought you used spotlights and worked out there till the wee hours.

Love the makeover. Great job and looks like a perfect new home for your collection.

Ramona

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Great thrifting find!! Love how you redid it to work in your home!
~Michelle

Lemondrop Marie said...

What a great project, I love the colors you chose to stain. Lovely!

Lee said...

looking much better after all your hard work and it is useful too is a bonus...Good job

Tamara Jansen said...

Check out your local Costco. Starts on Wednesday morning but not for longer than 2 weeks I think :) Dimpled pot was exclusively designed by us!

lilsista said...

The cabinet looks great!!! Good choice leaving the glass out, as we all know...things get broken!! Ha! Maybe you should put wire in the doors to protect what's inside from accidents...it would probably just give it the finishing character touch! Love the colors together...makes it look like a completely different piece of furniture..I bet the old owners would poop their pants and want it back! Ha! Have a good day!

Dirt Princess said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You did a great job! I tell ya, you and your sista are the craftiest two people EVER!!!!!

Bea said...

Great redo. I love to "save" old things.

Erin said...

Super cool redo. It looks awesome and you certainly can't beat the price. Great job!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I don't think you ever stop! You always have some great thing that you've worked on. The cabinet turned out great.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a great makeover! Loveee the finish on that, it's gorgeous! Thanks for joining me today!

Becky said...

Wow! That took a lot of work! Seems to me you have a gracious plenty of patience :) Looks great!

Betty said...

You are really gifted at transforming things. I never knew you collected cherubs before either. Looks like you had a great time on the lake.

CC said...

Oh my gosh !!!!! What a wonderful find and your refinishing is awesome. I just love it..the stain just belongs there. It's what it should always have been. Happy VTT and have a great weekend.

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Wow! So much better! Love your garden, too. xo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Fabulous makeover! Hard to believe it is the same hutch. laurie

Rose Whisperer said...

Tootsie, I have a question. If I harvest the seeds from my (nursery grown) petunias and other annuals; will I get something similar, or do you know? I don't have a greenhouse, but I winter sow. Never done petunias, but I've heard they are hard to grow from seed. Any suggestions? Stacey

Sandra said...

Hello! My name is Sandra and I found your blog thru http://www.thestylishhouse.net/ I am your 200th follower. I hope you don't mind me following along your blog and hope you can visit mine. :) Omgosh, I love all your flowers! Your garden is super magnificient!
Blessings,
Sandra

Kammy said...

Hey Toostie !
I love that cheesy lady....she looks like caviar now !!! I love the light effect !
Hugs ~ Kammy