Five Favorites for Dad
Today I have a special post for you. It's a look back at a few of my favorite makeovers/rescues in honor of my Dad. You see, he was the one who first sparked my love for rescuing old thing and today would be his 100th birthday. Even though I lost him almost 35 years ago, there isn't a day that goes by without thinking of him, especially when I'm covered in sawdust, wood filler, stain, or all three! He was the one who first handed me a piece of sandpaper and showed me how to use it.
More than once, while working outside, I've had a dragonfly land nearby. There are different legends associated with dragonflies and one is that they represent transformation. That makes sense, since I'm always transforming something when one shows up. The other theory is that it's a loved one reaching out to you. If that's the case, I know who it is!
So, this post is for you, Dad. I think you'll like what you see....
First up is the Free Table. Since he was a 'thrifty guy' (gee, I wonder where I get it from?) he would have loved the price of this table. The best part of this project was that the top was already sanded when I found it. When does that ever happen? Have a look:
Next on the list is The Water-Logged China Cabinet. This was another freebie but in much worse condition. More than once my husband offered to put it in the burn pile and find me another one that wasn't such a wreck. I persevered and ended up with this:
The Dressing Table is another favorite. Although it wasn't the worst piece of furniture I've ever worked on, it did have its challenges. The top was refinished with tung oil and the drawers were refreshed with decoupage. Have a look:
It didn't have a chair or bench, but, have no fear, I found one! Check it out HERE.
The Poplar Chest of Drawers has to be included in this lineup. The original plan for this little dresser had to be scrapped and Plan B was a very pleasant (and popular) surprise.
Decoupage saved the day!
Finally, The Speaker Cabinet. Stored in the back of an old barn/garage, it was a dirty wreck. The top wasn't even attached. With a little love and elbow grease, I was able to give it a new life.
This shows it with the speaker doors open.
So there you have it. Five favorite projects that would certainly get my Dad's stamp of approval.
To all of my readers, is there someone who inspired you? I'd love to hear about them in your comments!
I was asked by Porch.com to share my thoughts of refinishing neglected/damaged wood. Please take a moment and click HERE for my thoughts and advice. There are also several other topics that are addressed. It's well worth the read, especially for anyone interested in furniture renovation.
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