Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Girl, A Boy, & A Hutch


Between Naps on the Porch

My hubby and I recently celebrated our one month anniversary!

( Insert confetti and clapping!)

To surprise me, my hubby told me about a house down the street that was being cleaned out. The owner of the house had passed away and this man had no family so his belongings were being thrown to the curb. Being the good citizen that I am, I jumped up from my chair and drove down the street. The man cleaning out the house kindly informed me that many items were going to be sold, so if I saw something I like, just ask.

I walked through the house and saw a few things that caught my eye. (More to come about that later.) As I was walking out the door, I saw something phenomenal out of the corner of my eye. I tried to compose myself as I ran across the kitchen and asked, "How much for THAT?" The man said " I guess ten bucks is alright." ALRIGHT?!?!?!? Before my husband could blink, I handed the man ten dollars and was backing in the truck. (All while doing my "spazzy dance") So, without further adieu, here she is.

Now, despite her icky green paint and the horrible smoking habit that she once had, I knew that she had potential. She's solid wood and has her original hardware. After much trial and error (and I mean LOTS of error) this fine lady was transformed. Dear hubby sanded her and applied two coats of red paint. I then decided on the candle wax distressing technique and covered her with a coat of black flat paint and rubbed the top coat off to reveal the red in the areas that were rubbed with wax.

So, I now present to the world, my first creation.

I shall call her Tabatha.

I know that this picture doesn't do her any justice as she was an AWESOME model, but she was working with a mere amateur of a photographer who doesn't do well with full body shots, but did get some good close ups.

All she needs now is a good coat of rub on polyurethane and she will have some major gleam!!

Tabatha may not be perfect, but I think she could give the Pottery Barn models a run for their money!


  1. Tabatha looks amazing. I love it when a girl can hide her age that well! I wonder if you gave her a rub down with Briwax and a buffer, if she would glow like you want. I love the sheen it puts on things. I'm going to try your technique with the candle wax. I really like the result.

  2. What a beautiful creation! I love shabbying (is that a word?) up old things -- I think it gives them new life. Simply lovely job!

  3. Happy 1 month anniversary! What a great job you did on "Tabitha." Blessings to you!

  4. $10?!??? turned out friggin awesome!

  5. Wow! What a beautiful piece! And your makeover brought out even more beauty.

  6. Happy squeals~well done!

    Come by and see my Pottery Barn inspired typography basket.

  7. I think Tabitha looks awesome!

  8. I'm going to have to try the wax technique, never heard of it before and it sounds like fun.

    Great job!

  9. Tabatha is beautiful. I'm sure she loves her new look and her new home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. BEAUTIFUL. I think she could give the POttery Barn a run for her money too.
    I hope you will come over and check out this weeks Knock off and I bet you have some things you could post to the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT Party.
    Its So Very Cheri

  11. Now that's a nice find! Thanks for playing today.

  12. Really nice piece. I love the prairie style "windows."

  13. Wow, What a steal and a very nice job you did with the paint. I agree that Bri wax does a really nice hand rubbed, deep antique wood glow. You might want to try it on little spot on the side and see how you like it.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  14. Woooooooweeeeee!!! She sure is a purdy one!!

  15. Well, you did good! Real good! Ten dollars was a steal and Tabitha is certainly a beauty now.

    I just read through your other posts. Cute blog and I love your writing style! :)

  16. For TEN DOLLARS? Wow! What a find! Your transformation is just amazing! I love the technique. The black on red looks great! Wonderful job!

  17. I cannot believe the deals I am coming across on this link party!! Ten dollars is a real steal for something so great!

    Thanks for joining the party! We'd love it if you'd add a link to our party in your post so that your readers can see everyone else's treasures!


  18. Oh goodness, ten dollars???? Major great find and you've fixed her up beautifully!

  19. Tabatha is beautiful...awesome transformation!

  20. Hey Girl! Tabatha kicks some serious azz! I can just see you doing your spazzy dance, I would've danced right along with you!

  21. Wow don't you just love a sweet old piece of furniture that just speaks to you?? I love it! You did a great job.



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