G'day girls, sorry I didn't get to make it here at the weekend, life was just simply too busy.
We headed to the beach on Sunday morning for some R & R but sadly never made it on the sand as here in Australia there was a tsunami warning in light of the awful disaster in Chile…sometimes I wonder what is going on with the world lately.
Anyway, being at home on Sunday arvo, a couple of roast chickens in the oven, doing some gardening and Sunday things, I took the opportunity to get those Beach Cottage males to shift the old pie safe around. And around. And around. From room to room. Trying to find a place that she could comfortably stay in peace.
Ending up in the Sitting Room after trying the Dining Room, the Family Room, the Breakfast Room (in place of the old pink scruffy dresser) and we even tried the deck.
So this magically moving Pie Safe, for now resides here, but it's so packed in here that this baby is needing a new cottage to go live in…
As I distressed her, with a big old sandpaper attack, and later as I was dressing her up to show you, I thought just how much I love the *whole process of this little hobby of mine (and go see A Soft Place for more DIY endeavours).
I have to say, this blew my mind… I think it turned out beautifully but acknowledged just how easily it could have ended up on the scrap heap. And I wonder how we got to that mentality where things like this are often discarded, piled out on the street for Council Clean Up and new cheap, throw-away furniture bought in it's place.
I think there are words in DIY that automatically make people think re-inventing a piece of furniture is not for them. Primer, multiple coats, removing hardware are some such words that once conjured up for me not only some kinda DIY fear but more, I couldn't be bothered with such ridiculous make-do-and-mend unknown things from another time. I think there was this underlying worry that these steps would be boring..
spending time priming? boring
removing hardware? boring
lots of coats for a nice smooth finish…borrr-rring.
This little baby played her part to the hilt…and behaved herself all the way along…sure her doors have just a bit of a stick to them, there is an ever-so-slight wobble and the shelves have that grittiness under the new layers of Beach Cottage White paint that shows she had a busy former life..
There was a time in this vintage furniture journey that I still wanted the instant modern gratification of the throw-away world we've come to live in today. But through trial and error I've come to the conclusion that it is fairly time consuming to re-invent a piece of furniture but certainly not difficult and a wonderfully mind-numbing way to fluff around in the garage.
Now it seems, I embrace those proper steps of furniture re-invention...I have to hold my hands up and say in the early days of doing this I was much more slapdash, much more eager for the quick-fix..
These days I enjoy the process every step of the way, I love the thrill of the vintage furniture chase, the awakening of the clean up, the preparation of the primer, the soothing strokes of the new colour, the dress-up partay at the end ;-)
But that all just kinda adds to the charm
Here's the lowdown on the process I took her through to get her here ;-)…(you can see the WIP here)
removal of hardware
one disinfectant clean
two coats of primer
three coats of oil-based enamel (hand-mixed BC White)
one serious heavy-grit sandpaper attack
one smooothing all over fine sandpaper rub-down
one big-girl Beach Cottage Dress Up Session
Righto, I am off painting again, (yep really, remember that shelf I started? I didn't like the Beach White on it, so I tried a new very coooool white and I'm half way through and it's looking hot!)
Oh and just before I go as I mentioned on Friday, it's Beach Cottage Giveaway Time again this week..(those lovely sponsors up there on my sidebar mean there's gonna be more giveaways round here)…
and this week we have got a ROCKING offer for Beach Cottage readers courtesy of Australian Country Style, a fabulous Aussie country magazine that knocks my socks off just about every month
…there's more than one prize, full giveaway details in the next post, but you can start commenting, tweeting or Facebook mentioning from now ;-))
So long lovelies, I'd love to hear your views on Polly Pie Safe
you can read more about the Pie Safe including before pics here
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