Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Before and After - Thank you Mike!

Before

I was on a mission this past summer to find a night stand to match my white provincial furniture that I still have since childhood. I went to furniture stores, antique shops, unfinished furniture stores & checked the Internet. I couldn't believe the prices, so I knew that I would come across something that I liked and affordable sooner or later. Well, it was on a Sunday morning that I was feeling kinda blue and didn't go to church that morning. I needed to clear my head and decided to go for a ride around town and that's when I spotted a yard sale sign. Before I even parked my van I said a little prayer asking God to help me find a nightstand. Well, I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this lonely, pitiful looking blueish piece of furniture that could be a night stand. I asked how much they wanted for it. The lady said she WAS asking $1 for it yesterday, but today she would have to ask $2, because her husband found the wooden leg that goes on it, so they raised the price. I couldn't believe it, so I said "Sold".
I loaded it in my van (it was a heavy little sucker). Now, you have to understand, I hate to refinish furniture, but I figured a little bit of white paint and it would work for me. When I got it home and unloaded it and showed my hubby, Mike, his wheels started turning. You see, he is a professional, expert at fixing things and making things come back to life. I didn't even ask him to refinish it. He took the reins and away he went, first taking it to work and sanding it down for 3 hours. He covered the top and edges with a material that would reinforce it and make it water proof for setting things on. He matched up the special paint to match my dressers. This was a project that took many weeks. I had to park my van outside while this thing sat in the garage in it's special work space, but that was OK with me. He even took me to pick out trim to fancy it up. We put the original knob on the drawer but I may go get a new gold one. And here is the After.
I love how it turned out. The shelves need a little touch up but I may cover them with something. The cost of refinishing it was minimal. I appreciate so much, the time and effort my hubby put into this project for me. He knew how special this was to me. I can always count on him. I think I will keep him!

9 comments:

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

This is watching something literally come to life! What am amazing story and an beautiful piece of furniture... art, really! I love stories like this. I hope this nightstand becomes a family heirloom that your grandchildren and great-grandchildren can tell stories about. Barry and I love pieces of furniture that have lots of meaning... but that is why I have such a hard time getting rid of things! Your little nightstand is a children's book waiting to be written! xo!

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

And Mike did MAGNIFICENT restoration! Yes, he's definitely a keeper!!

Anonymous said...

GREAT JOB MIKE! YOU SHOULD GO INTO BUSINESS FOR YOURSELF!

Bacardi Mama said...

I love to refinish furniture and watch it come back to life. Mike did a great job on this piece. It is really beautiful.

Carolyn Vaughn said...

That is a wonderful job! It looks better than new. If only the yard sale people could see it now!

Erin said...

It looks amazing! Great work, Mike!

Edie Mindell said...

Wow!! I couldn't believe what your husband did.:-) It was beautifully refurnished. Now that is real beauty.:-)

chrissy said...

He's a keeper alright! I can't believe it's the same night stand and how fast he got it done!! AWESOME!!

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

Wow - so fantastic! I love it when people refinish furniture. Way to go, Mike!