Calling this console ‘primitive’ is a bit of an understatement. No, it’s a HUGE understatement.
It was a hot mess.
It had decades of dirt embedded in both the exterior and interior and the wood was gouged in so many places it made my head hurt just thinking about how I was going to tackle this.
BUT…it was only $20, has great storage potential, and I knew I had the perfect spot for it.
I really liked the color, and although the chippy finish was a bit extreme, I didn’t hate it. Not at all. In fact, I was tempted to just give it a good cleaning and call it a day. I was putting it in our basement which is decorated in a rustic cowboy/cowgirl theme so it would have been fine as is.
The problem, or one of them, was the right side wasn’t painted in the same color as the rest of it. I guess that side was up against a wall in its former life and whoever painted it turquoise didn’t think it was worth the trouble to move it.
So…since I knew I had to paint the side I decided to just give the entire piece a good cleaning and a new coat of turquoise paint. I got some TSP, a scrub brush and a toothbrush and got to work. I didn’t want to overwork this piece, though. As the title of this post implies, I just wanted to revive it.
Think a little botox, not a full on face lift.
Notice the stellar paint job?
The other issue with this piece was the condition of the top. When I found it, it had some metal shelving that was piled on top of it, and from the looks of it it was probably like that for years. Cleaning it only made a slight dent in the appearance, so I knew it was time to bring out the big guns.
So…I sprayed some paint stripper and left it overnight and this is what it looked like after I scraped off not one, not two, not three,
but four layers of paint.
Oh, and there was also some paper that had been glued on at some point and painted over.
I filled in some of the gouges with wood filler, put two coats of stain (Ipswich Pine) and two coats of Hemp Oil. The resulting finish is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, BUT, it’s very appropriate for the piece itself as well as the room it will be in. I wasn’t going for perfection. I wanted to clean it up and make it the best it could be under the circumstances.
Remember…botox, not surgery.
For the outside I just gave it a quick coat of some turquoise paint and scruffed it up just a bit, but I was struggling with what I should do with the inside. I didn’t want to paint it the same as the outside but I didn’t want too much of a contrast. I looked at the painting that it would eventually be sitting under for inspiration and decided on blue. Then I remembered I had some wallpaper that I had gotten for free at a church sale last year which had shades of turquoise, some blue and lime green, so I cut it to size and used some Mod Podge to line the shelves.
I painted the back with two coats of blue paint I custom mixed, and the insides of the doors lime green and blue. (This picture was taken after one coat.)
There…isn’t she starting to look a little better?
One of my favorite parts of this piece is the hardware. Rusty, but charming ;).
Here she is in her new home, which is actually our basement, aka Fisherman’s man cave. It’s a walk out, but this spot is tucked in a corner with very little natural light. (It’s hard to tell but the sexy cowgirl’s vest is dark blue.)
I think I’ll be putting photo albums inside, if I ever get around to sorting through the thousands of photos we have and organizing them!
In ‘other news’, apparently my name isn’t ‘Doreen’. It’s Dor_ne. At least according to the Department of Health. Remember when we moved and our important documents were stolen? Well, I ordered a new Birth Certificate and they told me their records show my name is spelled ‘Dor_ne’ and unless I give them certain obscure documents, i.e., a letter from the hospital where I was born, immunization records, a school admission form, etc. I will need to go to court to have my name legally changed to ‘Doreen’ if I want a Birth Certificate! Isn’t it bad enough everything was stolen, now this??! The hospital doesn’t keep records longer than 15 years (I called).
I don’t remember my name being spelled that way on my Birth Certificate, and I have been able to get a passport and driver’s license with my correct spelling, so WTH? I’ve requested they show me what their records look like, so we’ll see.
Thank goodness I have an expired Passport (the new one was stolen) so I can get another one using that and my driver’s license. We’re not planning on any overseas trips soon, but I think I better get on it nonetheless.
Then I can start organizing my photos…