Wednesday, August 12, 2015

RePurpose Salvaged Items

I am a pioneer in the field of Repurpose ~ Salvage ~ Flea Market Finds that is all the rage in the 21st century.. I have been repurposing most of my  life. I've  always been drawn to flea market decor nothing in my home matches my style is what is call eclectic, or boho.. and most items needed a little tweeking.

As an Anteeker, I am happy to see young folks interest in saving another mans junk from being tossed aside. Repurposing brings new life to these discarded items.

All those French Provincial Dressers of the 1950s and 60s are being painted, altered, and repurosed into entertainment centers, sideboards and even vanities.. Think of all the wood we are saving !

I used to be opposed to painting furniture, but during a thrifting adventure I came upon a very loved and distressed buffet circa 1930s.. The veneer was damages, the drawers were coming apart and a center leg had been broken, yet the thrift shop wanted $80.00, hum a bit pricey for such a project.. Just when I was going to walk past this relic, a girls voice came over the loud speaker, today is senior 50% day ! Whoo Hoo I grabbed the ticket and headed for the checkout, at $40 I took a gamble..

The next day I took my Husband with me to pick up my treasure, Hubs is an excellent wood worker.. with his help I knew we could do something great with this lost gem.

Once home Hubs, took the drawers out and rebuilt them making them sturdy and better than new.. He then tackled the leg this too was an easy fix for him, if done correctly you can restore any wood furniture making it stable once again. The finish was too bad to restore, so I chose to paint instead.

This was my first venture into chalk paint, I did a google search and the price of paint was out off the charts.. Instead I went to the hardware store purchased a gallon of paint from the contractor reject isle only $7.00.  I found the recipe to make my own chalk paint and went at it. I chose to paint the buffet black, the paint went on so easy no prep except to remove hardware from the drawers..
Once dry I did a light sanding and then a wax finish.  I have to say it was an amazing transformation and so easy..  I forgot to take a picture of the before, you have to trust me this furniture piece was very distressed and looked beyond help. This buffet sold in one day for $285.00 and now may be used for another 80 years!


Now mind you I still do not like to paint wood furniture but if its an item beyond restoration I approve.. 

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