Sunday, September 23, 2012

$10 Pie Safe

I picked up this pie safe at a yard sale last weekend for $10.  The lady was an aquaintance of mine and  said her father collected old pieces like this and she was getting rid of stuff since he passed away.



It has the original mesh / screen in the sides.

I love the patina and texture on this piece.   It's like alligator skin.  I couldn't duplicate this if I tried.

When I got her she was a sad sight.  The right door was broken off and in eight pieces.  Luckily she had saved all the pieces.

I spent the afternoon glueing, clamping, and letting it dry.  Then repeating the process over and over until I had it all put together.


The whole piece was filthy as it had been sitting outside for quite some time.  I vaccummed all the dirt and leaves then washed the entire thing down with warm soapy water.  The inside looked like it had stored motor oil and such.  There was thick black goop in several spots.  I scraped it off with a razor blade and cleaned the inside with soft scrub and a scrubby pad. I wanted the be able to put things inside and not worry so I gave the inside a coat of oil base primer to seal everything.  Then I gave it a coat of flat paint.  I still plan on applying Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze to the inside to tone down the white.  I don't want it to look like fresh paint.  As for the outside.  I am not touching it.  It has so much character.

After a coat of oil base primer.

One more look at the finished piece!!!


Love.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

And Table Redo

I picked up this $3 end table at the thrift store.  It's hand made from pine and is nice and sturdy.  I gave it a light coat of white paint and sanded it down.  Although it doesn't have any metal details it  has an industrial feel to it.



Not too bad for $3.  It would even be great on a patio!!!