When I'm in Iowa, one of my new favorite places to go is Black Sheep Antiques in Parkersburg. He has some REAL deals. I'm talking deals. I almost didn't want to put that out there because I don't want to let my secrets out of the bag!! But... since I will probably only make it there once a year, I guess I shouldn't be selfish.
This sewing cabinet was one of my great finds there:
The finish was really coming off of the top so I decided to take it down to the bare wood and refinish it. I painted the rest of it, because I'm lazy like that plus I LOVE the two-tone look.
I'm totally ADD. Like really. I was working on this outside the mudroom door.
Every time I walked outside I'd pick up the sander and do a little sanding... then get bored and go do something else. It seriously took me days, because I would just come sand for a spell, and get distracted by something else I saw.
I found some walnut stain I had on hand and rubbed in on the top with a clean rag, then put a coat of varnish over the top. When using a rag, wear gloves, unless you're okay with having brown fingernails for a few days. Super attractive.
All I did to spruce up the tarnished door handle was took some 80 grit sand paper to it. Shined right up!
After painting it an off white color (a mistint I picked up), I sanded the edges for a shabby chic distressed look.
Side note: My partner in crime/fun/junking/decorating, Maran, made me that gorgeous paper wreath last time she came to see me. Gah - I love it!!! Have wanted one forever. She does the best ones and this one is made from old sheet music.
Now I can stage like my blogging buddy Start At Home does! Okay, I'll never quite be able to stage like her, she's pretty awesome in that department and well I'm... not. :)
Yup, I hung an upcycled price tag on it that I painted with chalkboard paint, priced it, and brought it back to Iowa to sell at my friend Becky from The Logbook's barn sale.
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