Monday, March 24, 2014

From Trash to Treasure

'While working at our property, Chris, my hubby, unearthed these old bottles...
I was so excited to bring them home and clean them up! Someone buried them decades ago, along with other pieces of their trash. And here I am cleaning them up and finding a place for them in my home. Like the saying goes, one mans trash is another's treasure. Finding these bottles inspired me to share with you a project I finished a few months ago. Awhile ago my good friend Noelle found this beat up sideboard on a curb free! Here it is the day she picked it up...
Noelle is a girl after my own heart she loves to hunt for things for her home and she can see potential in a piece like this, very beat up but still has such great lines. Noelle brought it to my house and I refinished it for her. Here are some more before pictures...


And here's what it looked like when I was done...

It was so much fun to refinish! I started by sanding down the drawers and that's when I discovered the awesome diamond inlays on each drawer. It was so cool to find the inlays they were like a hidden treasure that had been hiding behind a bad black paint job. I painted a herringbone pattern on the middle cabinet doors in an aqua color which matches the legs that are "dipped" in aqua. Here is how the sideboard looks now in Noelle's house...
I love how it looks in her family room and it makes the perfect tv console sandwiched between her beautifully styled bookcases! Those cool old bottles weren't the only "treasures" I found this past weekend ;) so stay tuned for more...

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9 comments:

  1. When I was little, my mom and I, and our neighbors, used to go bottle hunting all the time. It was so much fun. One of my favorite childhood memories. The cabinet looks great! How did you fill the missing chunks?

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    1. What a fun memory! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks old bottles are a treasure :) I used wood filler to fill in the missing chunks. I'm thinking I will do a tutorial about different products and techniques I use. I will be sure to include info about repairing pieces with wood filler. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. You really bought this sideboard turned console back to life. I adore the herringbone pattern. It reminds me of one that I refinished a while back. I use mine as a console as well.

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  3. Hi, this looks lovely. I can imagine how long it took to sand back all the edges! Thank the lord it was all flat edges and no curvy bits! I do a lot of two-tone MCM stuff myself (re-tiqued.blogspot.ca) and I would LOVE to try out that little herringbone design. Does it take a long time to do?

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  4. Thank you so much! I'm definitely glad this piece was all flat edges, so the sanding was time consuming but easy. I actually used a stencil for the herringboned design (I got it from Cutting Edge Stencils). I knew I wanted a smaller herringbone pattern and I wanted it to be precise. The stencil wasn't cheap but it made it so much easier and I can use it on other projects in the future.

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  5. Wow! I usually don't go for the mid century modern look, but I love that console. You did a really great job!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Mid Century modern pieces are not usually what I'm drawn to either, but it was fun to do something different!

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