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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Some exciting news and a new dresser!

Once again, I suck at being a blogger.  It's been a week since my last post, sorry everyone!  But, I have some exciting news that will mean more projects to share!

I'm so pleased to announce that as of September 1, 2012, I will be the newest vendor at Ginger & Spice Marketplace in Walkersville, Maryland!  They are having a great fall fair and I emailed them to get some information on being a vendor and the rest is history!  I can't lie, I'm a bit concerned about being able to keep up, but I'll never know until I try.  Try my best, right?  My husband has really geared up and will be helping me as well, so this will really be a team effort.  I'm so excited! 

Because of my exciting new venture, I feel like I am on high alert for great finds now.  So, a little over a week ago my husband and I were going out for a much needed dinner sans kid.  We decided to go to Hollow Creek in Middletown.  As we are driving over the mountain at 7:00 p.m., there is this big yard sale, BIG.  I spot a dresser, so what's any normal person do?  Of course,  make my husband turn around and go back so I can check it out.  I was in sad shape and she wanted too much money for it.  After pointing out the veneer issues and asking her if she has ever had to strip veneer, she became much more reasonable in her asking price!

Here are some before pics:

the drawers:

Here is the side with the veneer damage:

The other side was worse.  So, I soaked a towel in water and layed it on the side.  I made sure the towel wasn't dripping, but definately soaked through...

We (I say we because my husband is the one who stripped it off) let the towel soak there for about 2 hours.  I was very surprised how easily the veneer peeled off.  I've had some veneer horrors so I was very pleased with the success of this method.

I stripped and restained the top.  Then, after the stain dried, I topped with dark wax.  It's so rustic looking!

The legs on this piece have so much detailing.  I decided to paint it black because there still are some imperfections and the black seems to let them fade away. 

I very lightly distressed it and waxed the whole piece in dark wax.  I left the same drawer pulls and kept them the same color, they really go well with the distressed parts and the stained top.  Here is the final outcome:

This will be put in my new space at Ginger & Spice as soon as I move in!!  WooHoo!

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  1. This piece is lovely Rebecca! I'm a sucker for weathered looking wood! :) Congrats again on the space.

  2. gorgeous, rebecca! i love the rustic top as well, and the black mixed with it- perfect! so excited to have you with us- you will be a fabulous addition!

  3. That turned out beautiful Rebecca! That will sell for sure, Shabby black always sells. Congrats on you new venture & be sure to post some pics when you're all set up. Good Luck, Dee from My Painted Stuff.