What to do about cigarette burns on old furniture

This tall end table / lamp table with one little drawer was in pretty good condition, except for the badly damaged top.

A couple of VERY deep cigarette burns and several areas where the embossed gold design had worn down completely.  But it was plenty sturdy, had a lower shelf and a drawer (storage is always a big plus!) and it had ‘nice legs’!  I decided to buy it and see what I could to with it.

The CLEANEST vintage drawer innards I have ever seen!  Missing knob is no biggie since I usually change them anyhow.

The cigarette burns were not just ‘singes’ . . .  they were divots, burned clear through that top layer of wood; and just sanding them was not going to do the job.

I filled them with some wood putty, then sanded smooth once the putty was nice and dry.  The gold embossed border which was worn away in some spots was very inconsistent.  At first I thought I could just sand the rest away.  But it was very deeply  embedded in some spots and just barely on the surface of others.  So I just sanded enough to remove the surface sheen and painted as I usually do.

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That little drawer was perfect for another one of the aqua ceramic knobs I have.

I went fairly light on the distressing because of the issues with the top.

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I was concerned that the variations in the embossing would bother me, but it doesn’t.  And you can still see where the filled cigarette burn divots were . . . .  ‘a good distressing job covers a multitude of flaws’. (You may quote me on that!  hehe)

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All in all, I an quite content with how it turned out.

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Available for purchase in my booth at Stars for $79.00.

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UPcycled 3 drawer chest

DRAT!!!  I could have SWORN that I took a picture of this ‘nasty’ three drawer chest before I started working on it!?!  Alas, apparently I did not; but from the looks of these drawers, I think you can imagine what it looked like.

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Layers of old paint colors, mismatched drawer pulls . . .

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Contact paper on the top?!?!?  (I REALLY should have looked at this more closely and with my glasses ON; before I decided to buy it!)  Fortunately, said contact paper was SO old that it was really BRITTLE, and scraped off with a paint scraper fairly easily.

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And MORE contact paper was covering this mess on one side!!  That ‘indent’ is far too big to just fill with wood putty.  Time to get creative.  (Just in case you are wondering WHERE that indent came from; this piece must have been the side drawers from a desk.  And this is the side the desk top and drawer was attached to.)

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The repair in progress.  I found a ‘strip’ of wood that was almost the right size; then filled the rest of the gaps with bits and pieces of bamboo skewers.  Sanded all that smooth, then filled any remaining gaps with wood putty.

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Sanding down the top revealed more layers of colors.

Lots of pink under the brown on the drawers.  Filled the holes from the previous drawer pulls.

A couple of layers of paint and lots of sanding with the orbital sander; purposely revealing some of the old pink and yellow paint on the top.

The side with the damage on the right; the good side on the left.

Good (right) and bad (left) sides again; but in better light.  My ‘repair’ job IS noticeable, but not very!  Most of the time, you don’t even SEE the sides of a chest when it’s in use in a home anyhow.

Found the perfect vintage drawer pulls for this piece.

Available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

Outdated / Updated little end table

Poor little outdated and unloved end table!!  I’m not sure exactly WHEN this was ‘in style’, but I actually LIKE this style; with the drawer and open area.

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It was pretty banged up, but I’d need to sand it to prep it for painting anyhow.  What’s a few more minutes of sanding to remove the scratches.

Sorry about all the shadows in the photos!  We’ve had some crazy sunny spring weather.  (Our spring weather typically consists of April showers with lead to May showers which lead to June showers.)   A couple of pretty deep gouges on the side there that required a bit of wood filler to repair.  Nice clean drawer innards.  Since I had to remove the drawer pulls to sand and repaint; I decided to fill the holes and add a single knob.  It just looks strange to me for the single drawer to have two knobs.  (Does that bug you too?!?)

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I only had ONE of these fabulous cast iron lion’s head drawer pulls; so I’ve been saving it for the ‘perfect project’.  THIS seemed like the perfect piece to use it on.

P1270144With the lion’s head drawer pull creating a bit of a ‘Gothic theme’ to this make-over; I decided to add to enhance that theme with a cast iron sconce added to the top, at the back.

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I resisted the urge to add and stenciled designs.

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I kind of wish the sconce was longer and reached the sides, but it will look better once there is ‘stuff’ sitting on the top.

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I’m really liking how this one turned out.

It’s at the bottom of a stack of three furniture pieces in my booth at Stars, so you can’t see the sconce in the pictures.

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It was ‘one of those days’ . . .

You know, one of those days when everything seems to go wrong! I was stocking my booth at Stars and not even TWO minutes in, I dropped and broke an item. Not even five minutes later, I dropped and broke something ELSE! I should have just turned around and gone home at that point.

Then the vendor across from me dropped and broke something . . . and I LAUGHED! sheesh. I explained that I had the ‘dropsies’ and had already broken two items.  I was just putting out a darling porcelain doll.  I hadn’t even taken pictures of the doll yet.  I turned to grab my camera and CRASH!  A customer had reached for an item next to the doll and knocked the doll to the ground, breaking her head!
P1220582Poor Dolly.  And she was such a cute doll too.  (WAS being the operative word!)

P1220581And this is what she looked like when I took her back home.  To do WHAT with her, I had no idea!  I just couldn’t throw here away .. . . not yet anyhow.

P1220583Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe I’ll happen upon a porcelain doll head one of these days and can fix her up.  But I’m still really TRYING to ‘de-clutter’ and only keep items that I can personally use (or collect!) or can sell.  If it doesn’t fit either of those, I have to get rid of (donate) it.

She sat in my living room for a couple of days as I pondered her fate while sorting through my Halloween product and supplies.  Hmmmmm????  I wonder what it would look like if I attached this little skull to her???

P1220668Not really ‘my style’ at all, but I do see a lot of these ‘creepy baby dolls’ around this time of year; so why not?

P1220667It she does sell, great!  If not, I’ll donate her like I would have had to do anyhow.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained; right?

P1220703She has gone to my booth at Stars, along with lots more Halloween goodies.

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Found floral painted hump top trunk

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Adorable mid-size truck with studded trim.  I really wanted to paint the trim a different color from the trunk to let it stand out.  BUT, I had to sand off all those flowers because the paint was ‘raised’ and would the texture would show through if not sanded off.  With the extra time it took to ‘work around’ all that trim for sanding the flowers off; I had to reconsider.  Time is money; after all.

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 Clean ‘innards’, although I am not a fan of glossy paint.  One hinge was broken and the other missing, so I just removed the broken one.

P1210217Initially I was trying to only spray paint the trim and lock areas with this silver paint; intending to then paint the rest of the trunk black.

P1210218But the silver kind of ‘grew on me’ and I decided to go ahead and paint the whole thing silver, just to see how it looked.  I can still go back and paint over the sides and top black if I want to.

P1210219You can see the areas that I sanded deeper, and the silver paint took on a more matte finish.  I kind of liked that ‘splotchy look’, reminded me of mercury glass a bit.  SO, I decided to leave the whole thing silver; then revisit it later on and see how I felt.

P1210216I SHOULD have thought to spray some clear matte varnish on the inside FIRST, to take down the shine.  But I didn’t, and after painting the outside, it was too late to because the over-spray would get on the outside.  So, I applied some vintage dictionary pages on the bottom and part way up the sides.

P1210220Now, it’s sitting in ‘the pile’ of finished stuff, and I just can’t decide if I should paint the sides and top black and leave the trim silver.  Whichever I do decide, I’ll be selling this one at Stars; not keeping it.

What do you think?

Pedestal table with cracked top

I actually found this piece at Stars!  It was cheap because the top was nearly split in half.  That’s easy enough to replace and I really liked the turning on the pedestal base.

P1190140Michael found the perfect size round piece in his scrap stash and attached it for me.

P1190141I painted the whole thing my ‘new favorite’ putty color white paint and distressed the base to bring out the pretty turnings.

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Added a painted on stencil design to the top.  Quick and easy!

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Trio of small chests

 

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Thrift store find cigar box; taller and better construction than your typical cigar box.

P1150076While the outside was a bit scratched up, the ‘innards’ are nice and clean!  I can easily ‘paper over’ the inside of the lid to cover up the wording.

P1150786I removed the broken hardware from the front and spray painted it a sea-foam green.

P1150823Perfect place for me to use this scrap book paper map to cover up the writing on the inside of the lid.

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Decided it needed a little ‘something’, so I glued on a repro white skeleton key to the front.  Just right!

P1150789Then I found this box at the thrift store. Not terribly fond of the wood burned design in the top.  Not even sure I’ll be able to ‘sand it off’.  But I can always ‘paper over it’; which actually might look perfect with the raised trim around the edge of the lid.

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P1150791  Fortunately my orbital sander fit inside the trim, and the design on the lid sanded off better than I’d expected.  A wee bit of the wood burned color still shows, but the top is smooth, so I can just paint over it.

P1150792Alas, I found a piece of trim in my stash that fit perfectly, so I decided to add it.

P1150824Used my lightest aqua acrylic paint on this one and hand distressed a bit.

P1150825I had removed the hardware on the front before I painted it.

P1150826Pretty easy to remover and reattach; one screw for the latch and an eye screw.

P1150827Decided to leave the inside ‘as found’.

P1150834Sanding detail on the wood applique.

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So, now I had those two individual pieces done;  but before I got them priced and stocked them in my booth at Stars; I found this:

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On an ‘inspiration excursion’ to Home Goods.  It’s not at ALL the blue that I normally go for.

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and it’s got a GLOSSY finish, which I NEVER do. (and which is impossible to capture in photograph!)

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 But it was such a cute little chest, and for some reason it ‘spoke to me’.  And I listened and bought it!

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The DARK inside was a bit TOO dark and dreary for me, so I added some vintage atlas pages (on the lid and bottom) to brighten it up a bit.  (the area was too big to use the same scrap book paper as on the first cigar box.)

P1150819I really didn’t NEED to do anything to the outside.  But I like to add my own little touches everything, so I attached a skeleton key.

P1150829Ah-HA!!!  This is why the biggest chest at Home Goods was speaking to me!

P1150833It wanted to come home with me and join the other two blue chests!

P1150832I LOVE it!  And I’m gonna KEEP them all to myself!  (for that big home redecorating project I have coming up very soon!)

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Little cupboard with painted topiary make-over

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I’m not entirely sure what this was supposed to be used for. . . . Maybe the hole in the top was for a small clock at one time???

P1130198Nice little shelves inside though.  Little shelves always sell well, so I bought it.

P1130202The hole was easy enough to cover by gluing on a carved wood applique.  The topiary would need to be sanded off before repainting, since the design was ‘raised’ a bit.

P1130407My signature beach blue paint and a bit of sanding along the edges.

P1130408Is it done????  I feel like the door needs ‘something’????

P1130409I glued an old dictionary page on the inside of the door and decided to leave the front of the door PLAIN.

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Thrifting finds

P1130166A few more jewelry boxes to make over.

P1130170Very ‘French classic’ style wall clock.  (yes, it WORKS!) Will be selling this one ‘as found’.

P1130145A BIG drop leaf coffee table.  Sorry about the strange positioning for the photo!  This thing is HEAVY, so I had to have Michael unload and store it for me and it’s so big he HAD to stand it on end to get it to fit in my ‘project storage shed’.

P1130146The table top is in pretty bad shape; but tops are very easy to sand away any damage on.  Legs, on the other hand can be a LOT of work if damaged; so I look more closely at the LEGS than I do at the top when making my buying decisions.  I’m a sucker for ‘pretty legs’ too!

P1130137VERY tall candle holder.  It’s quite heavy too.  Will make a great table base . . . . eventually!

P1130126Pretty ceramic Madonna.  I had another one just like this in my booth at Stars, but the other one was just a glossy clear glaze.  LOVE the tiny bit of coloration and matte glaze on this one.  This has gone to my booth at Stars, as is.

P1130147Funky little plant stand in need of a total make-over.

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That design on the top is actually just a plastic applique!!!  (HOPE it’s not to hard to remove it!)

P1130149Outdated country style cubby shelf.  Will add a carved wood applique to the top to update the style and maybe a backing before I paint it.  LOVE finding unfinished pieces like this that I don’t have to remove any old paint.

P1130150Metal wall pocket thing.  Will probably get painted white.  Tempted to keep this one and use it to hold wash cloths in the bathroom.

P1130171Wrought iron pillar candelabra will get painted white and be taken to stars.  LOVE these that are designed to hold bigger pillar candles because they are great for displaying other things on like I did in this next picture:

From my booth at Stars; June 2012

From my booth at Stars; June 2012

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This piece from a Jenny Lind cradle will make a great backing for a bench or little wall shelf.

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Perfect example of a great piece, just in the WRONG color.  These handled trays are SO functional!

P1130152In my booth display, I like setting them on end like this to add height to a display.  I can tuck a few items around the base of it and then something on top.  LOVE using them as a little WALL shelf too.  Hang it with the flat bottom part against the wall.  Then you can tuck small items inside, hang towels from the bar AND set taller items on the ‘top’!  (I think I may have just talked myself into keeping this one!)

P1130155This is how this pair of child size chairs was TAPED together at the GW outlet store.  I should have KNOWN to untape and inspect them.  But that place just gives me the heebie-jeebies, so I wanted to pay and get out!

P1130154Yep!!  They were taped that way for a reason!  This is what the seats look like!

P1130156Still, pretty cute little chairs and I’m sure I’ll cone up with someway to disguise those ugly seats.

It was GORGEOUS outside today and I SHOULD have been outside painting all day.  Instead I took a FOUR hour nap?!?!  I’m not even kidding.  Must be the pain from this plantar fasciitis that is making me so dang tired.  I got a steroid shot 2 weeks ago and it started feeling better after a few days.  But by the time I went to my next appt with the podiatrist, the pain had gradually started increasing again. sigh

Now I start with physical therapy next week and then will be fitted for a custom orthodic (which my insurance does NOT cover!  double sigh!)  It started feeling a little better again this week, then Friday I took my car in for an oil change and there are three steps you have to climb to go to the cashier.  As I stepped down I could feel something SNAP in my foot.  Instant pain again and I limped through all the rest of my errands!!  At least I am past ‘that part’ where there is excruciating pain when you first put weight on your foot EVERY time you stand up!