Tuesday, July 24, 2012
In cases where a piece has been around the block a few times and may show a little "less than chic" shabbiness, I like to keep it shabby chic but clean it up a bit so that it looks like it should be inside the house and not out in a shed.
If there are scuff marks or scratches, I like to sand those out a bit, feathering the edges. This gives the piece an all over worn look without looking damaged. I scrape off any chippy paint and sand those edges as well to stop further chipping. In this case, I went ahead and sanded the top and then gave the whole piece a coat of Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak. The result is a more a more durable top and the white is now a more vintage white.
For a little added surprise, I painted the inside of the cabinet and drawer a robin's egg blue, then decoupaged a bird and nest motif tissue paper inside the drawer.
Tip: When a piece has cupboards instead of drawers, adding baskets not only helps to organize storage but adds an interesting textural element.
Idea: This vintage piece may have once been a vanity but now it has unlimited potential. It could be used as a desk, sewing table, craft station, buffet, bar, media console (the baskets are perfect for cd's and dvd's)....