Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Every day brings new delights

... And this week, it was trying my hand at a new pursuit. Our kitchen cabinet handles and some of our furniture looked rather shabby, so I thought - why not give it a shot and try for some renovations?

I boldly grabbed a brush and some wood varnish:














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Some of you probably could have done it better, but I consider it not too bad for someone who never painted anything but her own nails before. I'm reasonably pleased with the result, and in the future, plan to do as much as possible around here on my own, without having to invite someone. It saves a good deal of hassle, time and money.
I hope your day, too, brought you new delights, or maybe a new angle of seeing the blessings you've already been given. As I went through your comments and emails, I just couldn't resist saying a huge thank you to each and every one of you, for being so supportive, kind, encouraging, uplifting, wise, insightful and friendly! Your caring, funny and gentle words are one of the sweetest pleasures of my day. I feel truly blessed by 'meeting' you online!

22 comments:

Coupon Addict said...

Looks great and great idea.

Stam House said...

Great job on those!!!!!!

Mimi said...

not being overly adept at handy work myself... I would say you did a great job!!!

Lily said...

I think they look great! I'm sure I couldn't have done any better. Have you ever looked into decoupage? That is an oldie but goodie for dressing up an old piece with some decoration. For someone like me who can sometimes pull off a decoration, but my results aren't consistent enough to rely upon, decoupage is an option I'd consider. My grandmother used to do it, I never have myself. If I have to refinish something, I usually paint.

Haus Frau said...

Very nice, Anna! Isn't it satisfying (in more ways than one) to bring something 'to life' again? :o)

Elizabeth said...

Wow ... that looks like such a fun project ... and everything turned out looking so nice! Yay! :->

USAincognito said...

Tip for the next time when "brushing up" wood. Use a fine sandpaper and sand it down first. Then you can stain it or paint it. If staining it, adding a varnish afterwards helps to preserve the shine and helps to prevent water damage. If painting it, let the first coat dry for 24 hours before adding another coat - this way you can ensure that the first coat thoroughly has soaked into the wood so when the second coat of paint is applied, the color will appear more evenly displaced. ;)
Hope my tips will be beneficial in the future!
I am may not be very good with "womanly" chores or "crafty" stuff but I am good at a lot of other stuff. ;)

Anna S said...

Oh, I used sandpaper, of course, just didn't mention it :)

Thanks for the tips!! *Taking notes*

AnneK said...

Oh well, you are wildly more successful at it than I was. To be sure, I tried to stain a huge armoire FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE instead of something simple. But then, I was dissatisfied because it did not match my living room set. Needless to say, it was a terrible tragedy and had not husband intervened and talked sense, I would have destroyed our beautiful furniture. It was one of my not so great ideas. Glad yours went well...

Jordin said...

Good job! Your projects look fantastic! :)

Mrs Slaq said...

Looks great, Anna! I tried something similar with our furniture. When we got married we decided to use the furniture from my childhood bedroom rather than purchasing new things. Well...the yellow/purple (I'd painted it) on white looked pretty young, so I decided to remove all the paint, sand it, and use a light stain to show off the lovely wood grain underneath. It was my first such project, and it came out fairly well. Next up is making frames so I can hang up my wedding photos (yeah, I know...almost 4 years and I'm just now putting them up, very sad!) Some say I hope to have a pet table saw! Anyhow, you did a great job, it looks really smooth and pretty! I speculate that you will be highly successful at future projects! :)

USAincognito said...

Oh, and one more tip! :)
When brushing on the stain or paint, make sure you brush in the direction of the grains on the wood. :)

Green Eyes said...

It's amazing what a little paint will do, isn't it? It's also pretty easy once you do it once or twice. Beware, though... it can become addictive.

"Hm, this room just doesn't look quite right... I know! I'll paint something!!"

(previously RMC)

Anonymous said...

Amazing what can be accomplished with a little varnish or paint, & a whole lot of gumption! Nice job, Anna.

Brenda

Kyla said...

looks great. refinishing furniture is one of my favorite hobbies.

Kristy Howard said...

Great job, Anna! You've inspired me to touch up a few odds and ends around our home!
~Kristy~

Mrs. Brigham said...

Your projects look lovely, Anna. I have only made an attempt at painting furniture one time and it did not turn out well :P

Kathleen said...

I can't say I felt blessed or delighted after receiving the email I wrote you about, but your post cheered me up!

Serena said...

Nicely done! They look brand new! My husband is a painter (of houses) so he does all of that type of stuff around the house. I have to stop myself every so often from rushing madly into a project that he will do a million times better than I!

Alexandra said...

Nice job...amazing how something as simple as varnish can make something look like new again. I really dislike painting, but it makes such a difference.

Jessica said...

The furniture turned out beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I have a coffee table, and two end tables that my mom and I are planning on re-finishing, so I hope that they will turn out as good as yours did!! :)

Karen said...

Aww your welcome. I LOVE reading your blog, it really makes me think and inspires me to love my life a little more as a homemaker. You did a good job with the staining. I love staining, but I always got docked points in school in woodshop for making it "too dark". I told my teacher "I wanted it that color!!"