Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
You see a couple of weeks ago I was busy working at the cottage and my sister sent me a picture. I don't have the picture anymore but I'm telling you my heart was beating a bit faster.
This is my nephew as we were ready to load these in my truck
My sister found them at a Re store and asked me if I was interested. Well DAAA of course I was. :)
Thankfully she was able to take them home with her and I was there two mornings later to pick them up. Thanks Zach for hauling them home for me in your truck!
Both of them were spoken for by the end of the day and work got under way by the end of that week.
Both of them are going to very crafty ladies who will use them in their home based business's.
The first person wanted a cream colour, the base removed and industrial type casters added.
Going to take you through the process just a bit. First I had to removed all 80 drawers...yes you heard that right. Each unit has 40 drawers.
Everything had to come off. Some to be saved and re used, some to be tossed.
The bottoms all came off. The steel parts anyway.
It was all taken to the recyclers.
All the fronts were cleaned then sanded to remove the final bits of paper and glue that didn't come off with simple cleaning.
Then new bottoms were cut and glued into each drawer
That bottom base was removed from one of the units (according to what the new owner wanted)
Then it was all stacked to dry.
Then the rods that went through the front of each drawer had to be altered by my wonderful hubby :)
A new base was built and casters added.
Each drawer was painted and set to dry.
Everything distressed to make it look old and worn once again.
And all that lovely solid brass hardware was cleaned and put back in place.
And here she is complete. I am waiting for a picture in her new home though.
I think she turned out perfectly.
The second one had very much the same kind of makeover.
By the time I started on that one, the drawers were already ready for paint.
The second owner however didn't want cream...she wanted a combination of blue and green.
She also didn't want to lose the base.
I did cut a bit off the base. If you look back at the first picture you can see a black bottom on it. It actually went in a bit and had that nasty black plastic wrapped around it. So that was lost and a new base added along with some lovely new legs. The veneer on the top was removed because it was in bad shape. I should mention the veneer was removed from the first one as well.
I should have taken pics between coats of paint but I didn't :(
This is how the second one turned out.
I'm sorry the pics were taken inside my garage late at night. I wanted to get pics to the new owner before I left in the morning and this was my only chance :(
See the two tones? Don't you just love it?
All that lovely brass just sets the whole thing off :) I can't wait for her to see it all in person.
Phew I'm tired.
My husband asked me tonight as I was sliding the last drawer in place. "I bet you don't want to see another card catalog in a long time eh?"
What? seriously? I would do another 100 of these if I had the chance. Ok, maybe not tomorrow, but I'll be game next week again...lol