On my road trip from Houston to Austin last week, I was referred to Whistle Stop Antiques in Giddings, Texas. Unfortunately, everything wasn’t for the taking, but I did get some shots of some great pieces. Too bad there’s no kitchen remodel in the immediate future, otherwise I’d have purchased this beautiful old butcher table for an island. I cannot stand the fact that we only have abut 18″ of clearance between my refrigerator and the builtin island with cabinets and electricity. I need to check underneath and see if the tile runs under the cabinets continuously.
Next, I found some really cute holiday greetings manufactured from metal. If I hadn’t found the best find of the trip ( next photo) then I might have purchased this one. I had wished they would have been on sale too since it’s February.
But the best deal and my favorite find was this reclaimed wood and industrial side table that I had inquired about stuffed in the farthest most corner of the store just checking the price (not labeled on piece). I thought it was probably too expensive since it wasn’t labeled. Boy, was I wrong?!
The employee told me she inquired with the dealer about the price and it was $60, but she could take 20% off. Hello?!!!! Can you say SOLD??? I responded in a delicate affirmation, “I’ll take it.” What a steal? So, I thought! I’m right. See what it replaced… I had a bulky filing cabinet at the end of the couch. Now, it’s airy and perfect for the dark living room/media room.
Before, it was too crowded… What do you think?
I found this great typesetter storage box last spring in a fabulous antique store, High Street Antiques, north of Dallas in Plano last spring. It sat on the floor in my eldest son’s room for almost a year before I fell upon this fabulously priced side table at a garage sale… $10. Yeah!
The piece had definitely seen better days and required a layer of degunking. Instead of working hard, I just took it out into the garage and sanded it randomly with a palm sander. That also allowed me to exposed the natural wood which is the best way to show off the glaze.
I added another layer of pizazz by painting the interior drawer with a red latex paint. I was a little concerns at first because the paint was leftover from the prior homeowners. After it dried, the color worked out after all. But, I was willing to sand it off or decoupage the drawer, if needed.
In this refinishing project, I intended to dry brush the black latex paint onto the piece, the flat surfaces went much easier than the legs. After that layer dried (quickly, I might add) then I randomly applied the Martha Stewart coffee colored glaze for the final layer. I didn’t even put a coat of wax or polyurethane because it’s not going to see a lot of use. It’s basically going to serve as a base for the display cabinet. But, I would definitely add the poly protection if it were serving as a nightstand or a side table.
I did my best in coordinating, not matching, the two pieces together. It’s not easy to recreate that 100 year old antique look to pieces that will be sitting side by side. Let me know what you think. My seven year old definitely does not appreciate it.
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