Here’s what it looked like when we got it home. We had to literally dig it out of a barn y’all! Big Daddy was having a fit! It was filthy and musty-smelling to say the least.
This post could also be called,
‘How I Spent My Weekend’, by Paige Davis.
We dug this one out of a barn.
But I can promise you it did not start out this way. Over a year ago I went to a yard sale at one of my patient’s homes. I don’t recall if I left with anything but I do remember passing up an Ethan Allen maple sideboard because I thought it was, ‘bigger than I wanted to tackle”. What in the world was I thinking?
Well let me just say in the last year and a half I’ve gained a little bit of confidence. And I’ve also found out that bigger sells faster. So when I ran into that same sweet lady a couple of weeks ago and she offered the sideboard to me for FREE, I jumped.
Plus, the entire back was falling off of it as we were trying to get into the back of my Jeep.
But I could see potential.
I always sand the tops off first. I do not know why, it’s not at all logical. I guess I’m just dying to see what’s under all the grime.
I went through an entire container of Clorox wipes on this one. But it did the trick.
It smells much better.
Every buffet I’ve ever painted has been some shade of turquoise. And that was my plan for this one as I was cleaning and prying off the rest of the backing board. It was 90• out that day so as soon as I was out of wipes, I retreated to the cool house. In other words, I had some time to think about it. I ended up choosing white instead. I think because this piece was soooooo dirty, I just wanted it to feel clean.
And I’m so glad I did!
Man that top came alive! I used Annie Sloan dark wax only. It looks totally different on each wood. I’ve stopped using stain all together.
The hardware is another story. I knew I wanted cup pulls. So I went to Lowes and stared at the stuff on the knob aisle for thirty minutes until I decided on brushed nickle. The knobs where the deal of the day!
I love these little oval knobs! I want to change every one of them in my kitchen to these.
The cup pulls were $3.97.
I did mostly linear distressing on this piece. It’s very angular so it worked well.
Then I got a text from my friend Tanya (the one who’s in denial).
Asking if I could paint it navy blue.