Furniture refinishing anyone?
Find a Conversation
|Wed, 05-22-2013 - 9:59pm|
So, today I indulged in buying a book about refinishing old furniture...not antique furniture, but what you might call garage sale finds. The book intrigued me because it has instructions how to do many kinds of refinishing...from stains to different kinds of paint - distressed finishes and even stencils or wallpaper (decoupage) applied to pieces of furniture. I like most of the effects shown in the book and like the idea of bringing an old piece of furniture to life in a new and interesting way. It's questionable though, whether I'll actually use the book's instruction to refinish a piece of furniture.
So we do have a few pieces of old furniture that could be refinished.... One is an Ikea pine dresser we 'rescued' (?) - well, actually it was a give-away-for-free piece that was sitting on someone's lawn. I like the look of the dresser but it was in need of repair...more work needed on it than we first thought. But Ray persisted to fix the drawer sliders and filled the gouges in the wood with wood filler! He sanded the light clear finish off it and well, we could now proceed to apply a stain, which we were thinking of doing. Unless I decide to do a different finish - one from the book? Hmmm...
Then there is an old desk from my teen years. It's moved with us from house to house and it sure could use a face lift! It's nothing special, but it might look rather interesting if I were to do something creative with refinishing it.
I refinished an old dresser when I was in my early twenties. That was one job I really really liked the results of my labour. I had a paint sort of refinishing kit for this, and I painted it a rich red-orange and then applied a brown glaze - wiped most of it off but left just enough to make it interesting. I put it in my bedroom at the time. It's come with us since then from move to move and then about a year or so ago my daughter eyed it and asked if she could have it for her room in the apartment she was in? Well, okay...these things will eventually go to my children - bit by bit, and if she liked this so much (as much as I do!) then I allowed her to have it. It was in the guest room in our basement. I was thinking that I might put the Ikea dresser there now...when it gets finished!
Did anyone do any furniture refinishing? Does anyone like buying old furniture at garage sales - maybe fixing them up, or just liking that they got a bargain? I don't often go to garage sales to look for furniture but it sure is neat to see how some people (as in this book I bought) refinish something that looks out of date or worn and makes it looks really fun, colourful in some cases and gives it a new life. Any stories that you might have about furniture in this vein?