This post is actually not about the Grandma I talk about so much (the wonderful lady who inspired this blog, who lived in this beautiful old farm house before her passing a few years ago) No, this post is about a different, my dad’s mom Eleonora. When she passed they gave us grand kids full run of her house with the notion that we needed to take whatever we wanted to remember her and grandpa by. To say the least, none of us really wanted to do anything let alone go through Grandma’s far too quiet house. But, of course, we did, and we’re all glad that we did. I chose this gorgeous old buffet with the stunning little claw feet and the amazing mirror with only an inkling that it may be my entertainment center some day. It was missing knobs and one of the feet was danging by a screw and an old fix made long ago, it was also in pretty rough shape all in all. It needed love, it needed me.
I refinished this old beauty at the same time that I did this one: The Ancient dresser from nowhere. Side by side I went from one to the other, sanding my arms off. Since then I have seen many other alternatives to removing the old, sludge-like finish on these ancient pieces, I have also been yelled at for removing it at all. But, the truth is, after so many years with the old coats of stuff on them, these pieces really get just totally covered up with grime. Once I started to see the grain on this one I got really excited and knew I was on the right track!
I chose a black stain that turned out a lot less black then I had thought it would be, later I realized I had chose a gel stain that had settled to the bottom and had been using a brush where I should have been using a rag. However, I am very happy with how this piece turned out. I used a satin poly on it so it would shimmer instead of shine.
This post has been a very LOOOONG time coming. The story goes like this: nearly two years ago my dad gave us his 55″ enormous flat screen tv saying that “it had a bulb out or something and needed to be fixed” he did not provide a power cord and we put it in our garage as the epitome of our procrastination since then. A couple of months ago I finally ordered a power cord and at least twice a week Joe and I mentioned on how we needed to bring the tv in, plug it in, and actually see what was wrong with it. During that time we’ve had a big (very heavy) ugly old tv sitting on this beautiful old buffet, it was working far too hard to be our entertainment center. Finally we brought the darned tv in, plugged it in and, loe and behold, it worked perfectly fine. I looked at Joe and said, “Dad’s gonna be so mad!” Fast forward a week and we got the hanging hardware from Amazon (only $20 and its awesome) and finally got the tv hung up on the wall! I swear I heard this pretty old piece of furniture breathe a sigh of relief!
Then, for the first time since I refinished this pretty old thing I got to the put the mirror back on it! I did a little dance, I really did! So, the old velvet lined, divided drawer, made just for silver, now holds our wii remotes and console controllers and remote controls and if that’s not a direct example of how one generation has changed to the next I don’t know what was. This old buffet was up in my Grandma’s attic, almost totally covered up, I love that she’s out now as our entertainment center for everyone to admire when they come into our home. The other two finds I got from my Grandma Eleonora are the rocking chair I upholstered and the white leather tufted hassock that you’ve probably heard me mention before. I see and use all three of them every day and every day I remember her.