Friday, February 10, 2012

Furniture Makeover!!! Super Excited with this one!

Finished Product

So a dear family friend was downsizing and gave us a some furniture that they couldn't take with them. I went over to take a look at what she had and this little beauty was staring me in the face. Sure it wasn't pretty at the time but I could see past all the ugliness and knew that beauty was just beneath the surface.

Original piece minus a drawer that was sitting in the floor. Ignore the horrible garage floor. It is a terrazzo floor and the previous owner was a mechanic. We have cleaned them endlessly but oil stains are not easy to get off a white floor. I really should pressure wash it again. If you know of any tips for cleaning this floor I am all ears.

Now I say we because Mr. Wonderful really helped me out with this one. We removed all the hardware and gave it a good clean. I sanded it pretty well and Mr. Wonderful fixed the bearings on the bottom drawer for me.

I was a little disappointed to find out that it wasn't really wood. It seemed to be some sort of laminate over wood.  The handles were in horrible condition. I had planned on just cleaning them really well and spray painting them with a Brushed Nickel paint. However, Mr. Wonderful had a better idea. I got my first lesson on the wire wheel and the hardware came out better than I could have ever imagined. Now don't go out and use one if you have never done so. Have someone there with you who knows how to use the machine and where the proper safety items....goggles and such.

I probably should have been wearing gloves. Not my greatest photo and no my tummy is not that big. The machine was kicking up some pretty good air and blowing my shirt up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow man.

My lesson. Really make sure someone is there that knows what they are doing because this machine is no joke. It can and will hurt you.

I can not believe how thay cam out. Here is a side by side view of before and after.

 Isn't that just crazy! I am so glad Mr. Wonderful was there to stop me from spray painting them.Now the handles were a little trickier because of the curves. For the spots I couldn't get with the wheel I just used a small wire brush and a whole lot of elbow grease. ;) Placing them in the vice really kept them steady while I brushed. I also wrapped the clamped piece in a clothe so the vice wouldn't do any damage to the handle.

After everything was painted and polished. I put a few coats of sealer over everything. Even the handles got bout 3 or 4 coats. This was our finished project. It now greets visitors in our entry. It is still lacking any real sort of decor on top but we have two sets of small hands that love to meddle. Especially if it is breakable. The phone is in the middle like that so they can't reach it. I love my little meddlesome monsters! ;)

I am not sure if I am crazy about the black stripe. I was following the original paint job. I think I may need to paint it silver or scrap it all together and maybe do a floral stencil around the edge. What do you think?

I am over the moon about the hardware. I LOVE it! The whole piece is awesome. I love the lines and all the little details. This my kind of furniture. Plus I got some new tricks up my sleeve thanks to Mr. Wonderful.

Now to finish the bookshelf that is taking up space in the garage. I really do love making over furniture! :)

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  1. It turned out FABULOUS!!! I have always been leery of that same machine on my hubby's workbench!!! Now I know that it isn't too scary!

  2. Thank you Heidi!! You can def. handle that machine...I would be more afraid to work your long arm. :)

  3. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope you'll link up with us for our first linky party ever! Party just started! hope you'll stop by!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  4. Seriously the prettiest piece I've seen this week! I LOVE it! A little tip from me, I soak my old hardware in ammonia (put a top on it!) overnight, by the next morning most of the coatings will have fallen off, and what has not use a wire brush to easily remove it. If there is stubborn pieces left resort! So easy to do, much less dangerous, but it's smelly! I wish I had this piece.. Lucky you! - Susan

  5. Came over from Miss Mustard Seed. This is absolutely gorgeous. Yes, scrap the black line altogether. It looks fabulous with its clean lines....

  6. Thank you ladies! Susan Thank you so much for that tip!

  7. You did a beautiful job on this piece! Love it.

  8. Here from the Linky Party at Under the Table and Dreaming. I love the finished look of your dresser...especially the hardware. Beautiful! Megan

  9. What a wonderful transformation. It looks wonderful. I love the black pinstripe detailing on the top! Great job! Kuddos to "Mr. Wonderful" as well :)

  10. What a great find! Your transformation is awesome, and I love all of the pictures. Personally, I would scrap the black line but it depends where it will be and the furniture styles around it too. Beautiful!

  11. Just beautiful! I love the low profile on the chest. The light color is just right.


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