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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Finally Finished...

I am posting this as my favorite redo of 2011. It was hard to decide since most of my redos were pretty well drastic makeovers. But this one is dear to my heart since it is a family heirloom. So here it goes:

Well I finally finished something that I have been going to do for years now. I blogged about it here:


My father was given this piece in 1948, soon after my parents were married. He used it as a shaving mirror. Interesting, eh? Since this was so old, I wasn't exactly sure what to do with it.  My siblings said to restain it, but it was in such poor condition that wasn't an option. So I forged ahead. Now have I peaked your interest? Here it is before I started.
 Pretty beat up and with water stains in the shelf area. At one point in its life it held pots of plants.
As you can see the poor thing is missing a few finials. I am on the look out for some replacements, but until then I thought I would start this long over due project.  I sanded it until it was smoothed out a bit.

Looking much better but still has a long way to go. I then painted it with antique white paint and heavily distressed it and waxed it with Minwax clear wax. Then I used a stain in dark walnut. It was a bit dark so I went over it again with the Minwax and it took some of the darkness out of the finish. I am new to all of this so I am just experimenting with what I have on hand. So far so good.
Finished product hung up in our guest room finally the day my mother came to visit. I wanted her to see how nice it had turned out.
And of course I had to include my family, I am the baby in the picture. Too cute for words if I may say so myself!

Well now this is one project almost finished, if I can find the missing pieces then I will be happy, but until then this piece is happy hanging in my guestroom so all the generations can enjoy her.



  1. I love it! I love old family pieces like this, and your paint job look great on it. Well done!

  2. Great job. Love the new look

  3. Great job! It looks amazing and I love that you put the family picture on your family furniture!:)

  4. The detail is very beautiful, you did a really good job in restoring it back to a pretty piece.


  5. How darling is that!? I love it! :)

  6. how beautiful!!!hope you can check out my blog for some +vibes and inspiration! i am also hosting a sweet giveaway!xo

  7. Hi Vikki, This piece is beautiful you did a great job. Hey I couldn't find your "follow" button where is it?
    Wishing you a great weekend!
    XXX Ido

  8. Sorry, I think I found the follow button, it must be this computer (sometimes it doesn't show mine either), will try and follow later at home.
    XXX Ido

  9. Hello Vickki!

    So nice to "meet" you! :-)

    Wow... you have a great blog! And I love your picture. It's a sweet one!

    Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope we get to know each other.

    Have a blessed weekend.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  10. Wow! You did an amazing job! I haven't worked up the nerve to tackle anything like that yet! Kudos! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and for entering my Annie Sloan giveaway! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  11. Thanks guys for all the sweet comments on my family heirloom. I am loving it now. Wish I hadn't taken so long to finally finish it, but at least now it is one more thing that is done.

  12. That is a fabulous piece! Thanks for coming by to visit me :)

  13. Great re-vamp...I wonder if you or anyone realize what it was. . .I do, and have been looking for one for a while now...And I must say your re-purpose in ingenious! I'd never think to turn it upside down like you've done. Originally it was a top to an old pump organ or harmonium frequently found in proper Victorian era homes!! If you do a Google search I'm sure you can find lots of photos!

  14. I also love how the organ piece was repurposed! It's really beautiful the way you've refinished it. Great job! Vanna