Monday, June 29, 2015

Labor of Love- Eastlake buffet makeover

This piece had definitely seen better days!  This Eastlake buffet is missing its top portion.  I'm assuming it was very ornate with carved details as Eastlake usually is.  All I have is this base with a cracked and warped top, falling off pieces and in need of some kind of refinishing.

I hemmed and hawed about how to refinish it.  My very first thought was to stain it.  Don't ask me why, I don't really do a lot of staining.  It's a lot of work, messy and stinky!

Here is the before.  The first thing I did was take off the top and reattach the loose piece.

 Side view.  You can see the piece on the bottom left is loose.
I glued that piece back on as well.

 Here is the back.  In order to get to the small top piece I had to take part of the back off to unscrew the screws.
 Here is a view of the cracked and warped top.
Unfortunately this top was not put back on this piece.  I attempted to flatten it by setting it out in the sun with wet grass, but our days have not been humid enough to help.

When the top warped it also warped the front support piece.  I pressed it back down using my kreg jig.
After the repairs and getting lots of different opinions...

I decided to go with my first instinct and stain it.  Using General Finished makes it a whole lot easier, but it's still messy and stinky.
I went and bought a 2' x 4' section of 3/4" plywood with a very smooth top.  I used my sander to round out the edges and stained that as well.


 I found some handles that were of similar style to the one that was on there.
I used the paint on wipe off method with the Java gel stain.



What do you think?  Would you have stained it or painted it...if paint- what color?

Hope you all have a very fun and safe 4th of July week!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wine bar made from a door!

My neighbor was asking me if I could come up with a bar that doesn't take up much room.  She had a small spot for it in the house and wanted to be able to bring it onto the deck for entertaining.

I started with just a solid wood door.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dresser bench

This is my first dresser bench with sides and a back.  I have cut one all the way down and turned it into just a bench.  I've been looking for the perfect dresser to do this to and I finally found it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Adding doors to a bookcase

I found this bookcase or cabinet at a garage sale this past week.  I had been looking for something about this size for a while.

You see, I had these really cool long narrow windows.  I could build a cabinet for them, but I never got around to it.  This cabinet was just what I needed to finally give these windows new life.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hutch to china cabinet

This hutch was part of a trade for some work I did on the bottom half of this china cabinet.  I set to work adding legs to make it its own piece.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Console tv cabinet

I was given this console tv and couldn't wait to get to work on it.  It is a lot harder to gut these things than you think!

I wanted to make a simple cabinet with a shelf out of this console tv.