New designs and a new post! I am excited to share My Mom's Junk new look with you in my latest post!!! It's been quiet on the blog but behind the scenes, it has been a whirlwind of activity. It seems like if I'm blogging about something, I don't have time to get the project done. For my sanity, that's just not an option anymore. That being said, I'm working around the clock to prepare for my ... Read More about My Mom’s Junk New Look!
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Clearing my garage of My Mom’s Junk is still in progress and this was the largest offender. My husband could not see that this ugly duckling was really a swan. It is often hard for neat freaks to see potential in antiques and junk. Because they can’t get past this…
He saw the dirt, bugs, and bite marks from my Mom’s dogs (that one did make me want to cry) and turned up his nose. I had the benefit of remembering this piece when it was new. It was a custom piece of furniture my uncle, an interior designer, made for my parents in the 70’s. It was a media center. I can still remember my Dad playing “Guilty” by Barbra Streisand/Barry Gibb on it…over and over. Great album. I could see past my Mom’s abuse on this one. The original idea was to repair the crown molding and chew marks by replacing the wood. I was going to repaint the whole thing too. After Chris cleared out the garage this weekend, I moved it in order to get a better look. I took out the sander and the rest is history.
The first thing I did was distress it and minimized the gauges and chew marks. The paint job was really bad. It appeared to be flat latex but it wasn’t top coated with anything. So every scuff showed. It is made of pine so the wood is really soft. Which didn’t help. It originally was painted white and had two griffins that were attached to the bottom doors. They broke off years ago. She had them broken and glued on for years but they finally came off when it got the last paint job. It also had sheers behind the metal grating to hide the 70’s side speakers. Mom is making the curtains to replace the old ones as her penance;) I was happy with the distressing but I really wasn’t wanting to glaze and top coat it. So I tried something. I figured it couldn’t possibly look any worse. I grabbed Annie Sloan’s dark wax and “glazed” it with that.
The wax had melted from the heat of the garage and spread on easily. So once I figured out it didn’t ruin it I went gangbusters…
The back of the cabinet used to have and expensive “wallpaper.” It has faded and it is really beautiful. (Note the little kids paintbrushes and bike;) Unfortunately, Mom “touched up” with brown paint. Sometimes I think she did stuff on purpose. She’s mischievous like that.
It turned out beautiful. Despite her best efforts to do otherwise. I will deal with the damage later….