This has got to be one of my favorite creative pieces of all time! I just love her beautiful pale pink with white stripes on the back wall and gold accents on the exterior. Love, love, love! All dressed up and so many places to go! I give her a hug every time I walk by. She is for sale, but I want to look at her for a little while longer. Do you ever get attached to your favorite pieces?
I purchased her at the Restore / Habitat for Humanity. She wasn’t cheap, but I instantly fell in love and had to have her. I even named her Louisa…its from the French name Louis, which means ‘famous warrior’. Let’s face it, Lousia has been around for a while no matter how you look at it. She was loved and used and given up on. Now, she’s reliving her fabulous life, renewed and repurposed.
The Pretty Pink Clean Up
To start my work on this piece, I cleaned it thoroughly. Prep, prep! Because remember, no-prep is just a myth. Keeping it from possibly bleeding through with the old varnish, I put one coat of a good stain and odor blocker. Kilz does a great job!
Taping off the windows helped me to keep the details natural along with the legs. I wasn’t completely sure what I would be doing, but it was my original thought and I’m happy to have kept them that way.
I had the idea of putting a transfer inside the back wall, but with the shelving it wouldn’t have shown as well as I would have liked it to. The pink and white stripes really set it off, especially with the newly stained shelving.
Stripping The Shelves
The shelves were beat up, so I used my Citristrip on them to clean them up, it made such a difference. This is a quick and easy way to remove old paint or varnish. Citristrip is safe to use inside, it makes things easier. I do use eye protection, just in case.
Look how beautiful this raw wood is! It had a golden glow.
A dark chocolate gel stain was mixed with water to lighten it up. I didn’t want them to be too dark, and the wonderful thing was it matched the original color perfectly!
Inside the drawer, I used different craft paper with pinks in them. I painted the insides of the drawer white first, then painted a layer of Mod Podge on the bottom, laid the craft paper down, then put a top coat of Mod Podge on top. A little bit of fun added to the classy lady!
To finish the piece off, I used rub-n-buff in Antique Gold, for the hardware and on the feet for a dipped look. Rub-n-buff works great and it goes a long way. You can use your finger, or you can use a small brush. It gives a smooth finished look.
I am very happy with Louisa! What do you think of her?
Do it with purpose!