Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Treasure, Methinks

When we left the Bag Lady yesterday, she was almost finished her "project". She took the doors to town and had the glass shop cut some glass for them. They were really busy, so she brought the glass home and installed it herself. (She didn't want anything to interfere with her post today, and they weren't sure they would get to it in a timely fashion!)

She mentioned that the back and the bottom shelf were a little warped, so she replaced them. Here is the new back:

And here is the new bottom shelf:

She stripped the whole unit down to bare wood, and decided she liked the colour of the wood so well that she didn't want to put any stain on it, so she just varnished it. She put on three coats of a satin finish polyurethane (for those of you who care about such things).


Are you ready to see how it looks?



TA DA!!!



(Sorry the picture is a little dark - this was taken with the china cabinet in place in her kitchen)


Here is the Bag Lady's paltry collection of silver:




Here is a side-by-side comparison:

















So, what do you think?


Remember yesterday when the Bag Lady mentioned that the dump is now called a "transfer station"? Well, she "transferred" this china cabinet from the dump to her house, and she is ever so glad she did!!

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

35 comments:

MizFit said...

I love it and methinks the cowboy does now as well?


HAPPY CANADA DAY TO YOU!

whats on tap there to celebrate?

Miz.

Leah J. Utas said...

Absolutely magnificent. You did an incredible job of restoring that beauty to its beauty.

Missicat said...

WOW! How beautiful! Pat yourself on the back - you did a fab job.
Happy Canada day!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Looks SO much better, great job!!!

And happy Canada day!

the Bag Lady said...

Mizfit - thanks! Yup, hubby was suitably impressed.
Celebrating Canada's birthday by putting up my new flag...the Cowboy is working, of course.

dfLeah - thanks so much. Once the paint came off, the beauty of the piece was really obvious.

Missicat - thanks! My arm is too sore to reach my back.. :)

Crabby - thanks! Glad you like it.

Sydney Speel said...

restored beauty. it's like a TLC on a wardrobe!

IzzyBeth said...

GORGEOUS!

the Bag Lady said...

Sydney - that's exactly what it is!

IzzyBeth - thanks!

Fitarella said...

WOWWOWWOWWOWWOWWOWWOWWOWWOW!!!

it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

I am so impressed BL!
You're SHNAZZY!

the Bag Lady said...

Fitarella - thanks! Does that mean you like it? :)

Tricia said...

It looks awesome. I'm inspired.

Happy Canada Day!

Emily said...

Wow! That looks great... you seem to get an idea in your head and then run with it until you're through : ) I wish I had that kind of determination!

And Happy Canada Day to all y'all up there!

the Bag Lady said...

Tricia - thanks! It was fun. Glad it inspired you - whatcha gonna do?

Emily - thanks! It helped with the inspiration to have blogged about it - figured I HAD to finish it!

Sagan Morrow said...

That looks gorgeous! Very, very impressive. And happy Canada Day!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Sagan. I'm quite pleased with it. :)

bunnygirl said...

Gorgeous! You do very fine work.

Happy Canada Day!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, BG. It's a beautiful day to celebrate Canada!

Reb said...

Wow, it is beautiful Sis! You did a fine job!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Sis!

Gena said...

Very nice! It looks so much better with the wood grain coming through. No one would ever guess where you found it.

Happy Canada Day!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Gena! And hubby is under strict orders that if any of the neighbors come over and say "Gee, I had one just like that, but I tried to paint it....." His response is to be that it's been in the family for years!!!

Hilary said...

Bravo, Baggie! I'm so impressed. You did a wonderful job. You are one talented Cowgirl! Yee-haw!

Truly, you did an incredible job. I'm proud of ya! :)

the Bag Lady said...

Garsh, Hilary, you're making me blush! Thanks!

Maggie said...

I love both! I wish I knew how to refinish furniture. Looks great!

the Bag Lady said...

Maggie - it's easy enough to learn - if I can do it, anyone can!!
Hmmm - maybe there's a blog post in that - a tutorial on refinishing furniture.....

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful, and you did it so fast! Does it get to be decorated for Canada Day?

Mary Anne in Kentucky

the Bag Lady said...

Mary Anne - Thanks! I draped a Canadian flag over it for awhile, but had to take it off again so I could admire my handiwork!! :)

Tink said...

It's beauuuuutiful!

the Bag Lady said...

Taaanks, Tiiink!!!!

Clare2e said...

You were so right to let that beautiful pale grain show trough! Now it's a bona fide treasure. I was at the Met in NYC yesterday, and I'm pretty sure I saw its twin in the Arts and Crafts furniture section. Just lovely.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks for your kind words, Clare! I am a big fan of light coloured wood, and couldn't bring myself to change this. Glad you like it!

Geosomin said...

Wow.
That turned out beautiful.
Incredible job.
It's just gorgeous!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Geosomin! I was hoping you'd like it!

Scrumpy's Baker said...

This turned out absolutely beautifully!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, SB!