Friday, April 4, 2008

A Project

I should have been doing this:

Why is it that I'm always looking for something besides housework to do? Maybe it's because I get tired of doing the same things over and over! (my apologies to those readers who cringe at the sight of this mess (April & Mer))

Since, on some days, I will do almost anything to avoid the mundane and routine, I decided to work on this:

This is a leg of our dining room table. When Joel's grandmother passed away a couple of years ago, this table and hutch set of hers was passed to us. It is very worn and damaged by its years of use. I don't have the energy or skills to refinish it. Nor do I have the budget to hire out the job. So I did the next best thing.

I used Old English Scratch Remover. I love this stuff! It's no magic potion, but it sure makes damaged furniture look better. Granted, this table has some pretty extensive damage to its finish and this did not solve the problem. But, it made it helped minimize the contrast between the finish and the wood underneath.

Here are the legs after I gave them a good coat of Old English. Isn't this a beautiful table? (Try to ignore the computer on hubby is reprogramming it for use at the church). It looks like I should have been dusting and mopping the floor, too...another mundane and routine task....


Crystal said...

Now tell me why you posted a photo of my sink! Oh wait, my piles are on the right. I'm so guilty of procrastinating. And I really have to remember to get some more of that Old English. We have a few things that aren't quite as scratch free as they were before the last move.

mer said...

Hmmm...I need to try some Old English. I have a couple pieces that could benefit from that stuff.

For some reason, other people's mess doesn't bother me nearly as much as my own, so no cringing here! :)

Tonja said...

Beautiful table! I love old furniture, especially when it is handed down from family. We have an old table from Don's family that is a real treasure to us.

I think what you did looks good. Besides, if you take all the scratches and wear away, then you lose the character that says it was well loved and well used!

nancygrayce said...

Beautiful table! The scratches are just memories!

April said...

Nanny's table looks great! Those scratches are from trying to sqeeze too many people into one table. She needed a table for 12 not 6.

And by the way, my kitchen and entire house actually looked like that while I was in the bed sick for more than 36 hours!

Jenn said...

I understand looking for distraction - house work is so defeating at times.

The table looks wonderful. I have my grandmother's dinning room set and I think I need to do the same thing!

His Girl said...

hey! that looks great!

oh, and the table legs look great too!

what is it about seeing dishes in someone else's sink that makes me so so so happy?!?

Nan said...

Beautiful!! That table is gorgeous! Good work girl!