Let’s pretend that last week didn’t happen…..it was meant to happen, but then my computer decided it needed a road trip, at least that is what my IT guy tells me so who am I to argue? So last week my computer went on an unexpected road trip without me and didn’t let me know. But it is back now and seems quite refreshed, so who am I to complain….I get it, we all need a little down time…..I just didn’t realise inanimate objects needed it too.
I want to say thank you for all your beautiful comments on my last post about the loss of our dog….I read each and every one and your words meant so much to me. I admit that when I wrote the post I thought everyone would think I was crazy for writing about a dog and I had no idea how many people would cry along with me and understand that loss. I think it is the beings that ask so little of us, but give so much in return that really have a special place in our hearts, it is an honour to have their love. It is our job not to take that love for granted.
Did the title have you wondering what it is that I am sharing with you today? I thought it would, but to be honest with you it is an absolutely accurate description of what this sideboard was like when I collected it…..it was so disgusting that when I got it home I started having buyers remorse almost immediately. And yes, I paid money for this, very little money, but the owner really should have paid me! Maybe I shouldn’t have given it a second glance, maybe I should have just walked away (probably should have run a mile!) but I have this thing for the rejects, the ones that other people overlook. I have a soft spot for the little Aussie Battler and if anything should be called that this sideboard should be….it had obviously been through a lot.
These photos make it look way better than it was…..it smelt, it smelt bad….like something had died….ten time inside and then pooped all over it and threw it against a wall before leaving it in a shed to rot for years. So I left it inside a shed (again) that is open aired and exposed it to the sunlight….Australian sun is strong……cancer causing strong and it beat down on this for a couple of months before I went near it again. The sun did its job, the smell was gone but it was still nasty looking.
I can’t tell you what it had been through; honestly after stripping this I never actually thought it could look any good again, my buyers remorse reared its ugly head again. So what does a girl do? She buys a new sander that could handle a job like this and I went at it hoping my efforts would be rewarded and I could remove the marks and stains and give this beautiful silky oak top some new life. I didn’t remove all the stains, but enough that I could be happy with leaving the wood top unpainted. Next I had to remove from the inside years of mice poop (probably one of my favourite jobs ever) and completely disinfect the inside and then myself……..several times…..until I felt clean again. Then I had to address the issue with the center door, knowing a little about furniture like this at some point in time it would have had a stain glass insert in the middle door, it had long since been broken or salvaged for other purposes….no chance of restoring that! So I decided to replace it with chicken wire….I went a little country. I knew it would never be perfect again, it was too far gone for that, so my vision entailed me embracing it with all its unbrokeness.
I painted the outside with MMSMP in French Enamel and Ironstone and the inside was painted with Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement. I then went at it with my sander again not caring how much I distressed it, sometimes you just have to accept a piece for what it is and not try to make it into something it isn’t, in this case I actually think heavy distressing added to the final look. I have to say it was kind of freeing knowing that it did not matter how much I distressed, usually I am so careful, this time, not so much. I also had to replace all the hinges and add magnetic closures so the doors would stay shut, at some point they had locks but all that was left were the holes. I replaced all the hardware with these cool bar knobs from D.Lawless Hardware, they come with a back plate that I chose not to use and I think they help sell the more country kitchen look I was going for.
There were a few times throughout this makeover when I thought I was wasting my time, it really had me second guessing my judgement but, I think I was rewarded with the final result and hopefully it will have a new home soon.
I felt today’s printable suited this piece of furniture perfectly!
Compensation for this post was made by D.Lawless Hardware but all opinions expressed here are my own.