Friday, November 25, 2011

Furniture re-do and vintage gift

November 25, 2011

Yesterday was a day of giving thanks for all the things we are blessed with in our lives, I'm grateful for my health, my family and friends, and this wonderful life I'm living through the blessing of god.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I have been meaning to post this a few weeks back and kept putting off.  My sister gave me a piece of furniture she had sitting in her barn,it was being used to store pet supplies.  I told her i was looking for a piece of furniture to store some of my craft supplies, and suggested this piece she had.       warning.....ugly, drab piece of furniture with no pizazz...

 There was no back to it, so we added that, and we had to add another top shelf.  I decided i wanted to paint it due to the fact that the oak veneer plywood was so dry and cracked and the additional shelf we added was not of the same wood. So i had to do some putty work and alot of sanding before putting two coats of primer on it.

I knew i wanted to have a painted piece and try one of the many glaze techniques out there.  I have never worked with a glaze before, so this project was a trial and error one for me.  I had some golden yellow paint and thought for my first project i would use this instead of buying both the paint and the glaze, being the glaze was not cheap. 

 I used Valspar antiquing glaze from Lowe's.  After reading the directions on the bottle of glaze and several websites, i have discovered that Less is best.... That stuff goes very far.  I started slapping that stuff on there like i was painting and it was not as easy as i had thought, i was making the biggest mess.  I understand why they say to practice on a piece of board first to get the technique you want. I had to do alot of wiping and reapplying.  Well to make a long story short.........It took me a few days at working a little section at a time to sorta get what i was looking for.  

I think painting with a light color lets the glazing show up alot, so maybe for my first attempt picking a light color like this golden yellow was not a wise choice.  For my next piece, i want a dark burnt red color with the glaze on top, i have seen several pieces done this way and turned out really nice.  I finished up this piece with a few coats of polyurethane.  Sorry but i didn't get a picture of it in my craft room yet, maybe later.  I have several pieces that i want to try this technique on, so more on this at a later date.

Now for the wonderful gift.........
Earlier this week was our anniversary, and my husband knows that i like old shabby, vintage things, well he surprised me the other day with this gift..........

An old milk can with the lid!!!!!!!  It's shabby looking, but i love it..........He knows the way to this antique loving heart.  He told me he can sand it down for me and paint it, but i love it just the way it is.  Thank you honey !!!!!!!!  you're the best.

View of the handle reads "Cream City" he found this in an old barn of a friend who was cleaning out.  "Lucky Me" .

I'm liking this post up to Farmgirl Friday for Deborah Jean's blog hop.  Lets see what other farmgirls are up to..............

                                   Live simple........................Sheryl


  1. Love the gift your hubby gave you. He sure knows good stuff.

    Good for you on finding the shelving unit to meet your needs.

    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

  2. I love your cabinet and I love the finish. It turned out great.
    I am crazy about your milk can. I need to be on the lookout for one of those. I am with you, I would leave it just the way it is.
    Have a great weekend!!

  3. Cool old milk can! I like it shabby! :) Your cabinet turned out great, you did a fabulous job!!

  4. Wow Sheryl. I think that cabinet turned out fantastic. I really love that golden yellow color. Your hubby is a genius, that old milk can is a great addition. Have a great week.