Sunday, December 6, 2009

If you'd like to know

Matt got a free chest-cabinet thing while helping some people move in our ward, and we thought that with a little love and, perhaps even inexperienced, care it could look nice in our house.



So we got our first dip into "refinishing" furniture. I say "refinishing" because we didn't end up refinishing it after stripping it down. It just wasn't nice enough wood, but with a little paint it looks nice enough for us.



We stripped off the children's stickers and old thick layers of ugly paint (it took a few coats and two different types of stripper to get it off). The spray on stripper wasn't near as effective as the paint on stripper. (How old am I that I keep smiling the more times I write stripper?) (Matt says 12.) We also had to scrub and scrape and sand like crazy to get it smooth. As most first time projects end up being, it cost a lot more than free; but at least we have the pleasure of knowing we did it ourselves.

And Matt got a new sander out of the deal.

So this is the finished product, minus the hinges, but who needs those? It's the perfect spot--covering our carpet stains from our rotten pumpkins. Merry Christmas.



9 comments:

Wiberg 5 said...

I did like to know! And I love it! And only 10 days!!

Stephanie said...

It looks beautiful - even without hinges.

Grampy and Grandma Dot said...

Looks really good. Can't wait to see you! Wish you were coming, Matt! Love ya!

Carmen said...

Way to go. Excellent first project of its kind.

Karalee Ann said...

It looks really good!! Nice job!

Megalicious said...

Wow...it is beautiful!!! I want one just like it!

Bradwich said...

Looks great (in person, too)! Thanks again for letting me stay with you and getting me around Columbus--you guys are great!

Brown Family said...

It looks great. We like to entertain the thought of doing stuff like that, but I can honestly say we have never done anything like it. Hope all is well, we miss you guys.

The Gardner Trio said...

MOst impressive you two! It looks like it could cost more than free!!! fhahahah