Now, I have never really said this before, but it is very hard for me to paint wooden furniture at times. I grew up in an absolutely gorgeous log home (a dream home, actually) set in a state park. And I learn to appreciate wood in its natural state. Once when I painted a truly gorgeous piece for myself that isn’t made of mixed wood, I have to keep telling myself, “It’s okay, it’s got some pressed board” over and over again. Ha! I will say the “pain” has worn off to an extent, but when you see this next piece, you will understand why I can’t bear to paint everything I get. Enter in this gorgeous bureau…
The original owner would never believe this is the same piece he sold me. Take a look at the before…
Obviously this piece is forgotten in some basement with broken pulls, damage to the top, and missing veneer.
When I agree to purchase this piece having not seen it in person, I am pleasantly surprised to find this desk – hence the bureau name. The cubbies are so fun!
Cue the Mighty Mouse theme song… “Here I come to save the day!” (I know that dates me, but I don’t care. Everything gets better with age. tsk.)
My original intent is to stain the top and faces of the drawers and doors. However, the top is peeling veneer at the one edge and too thin.
I even tried some linseed oil to see how it would draw it out and it was just too much. Although it didn’t work for the top, it really emphasized the woodwork on the doors and drawers.
Not only did the linseed oil draw out the imperfection, but it just didn’t jive with the faces being made of a different wood.
So…I paint the top. I am so happy because it really sets off that mahogany and now draws your eye to the faces instead.
Take note of the smaller drawers pictured above. Also, two of the pulls are missing or broken. However, I don’t want to replace the entire set. They are the real deal – nice, heavy brass swag pulls that are irreplaceable.
It took me a while to wrap my brain around what to do with those small drawers. I searched over 4,000 listings on different sites trying to find a similar style or something that would coordinate. Nothing appealed to me.
Then bingo, it came to me what to do (gave myself a head-smack for not thinking of it sooner). I found a couple of antique pulls with back-plates that were the same length as the width of the hole spacing. Score! To fill the holes, I cut some wooden dowel plugs and glued them in, making sure to drill the pull hole before nailing the back-plate on.
Simple enough, right?
Love it? It has sold from my shop, but there’s always more on the way! *Just a little note about my shop: We do ship and typically are able to give you a rate close to half of what it costs to freight furniture elsewhere.
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Now I can at least say I’m a partial wood purist. Being strictly one or the other is just too boring. Which are you, painter or purist?
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