This delightful little dressing table complete with mirror,which I forgot to photograph here
was put on the kerbside by my new neighbour for council pick up.
I hadn't really any room for it,but couldn't bare to see it thrown out.
It had sat there for 3 days,and no one seemed to want it.
It was heavily covered in thick varnish
I gave it a really good sanding with a very course paper
Removed the ugly old hardware
Filled the holes with wood putty
Gave it another good sanding
Mixed up some home made chalk paint
Made with plaster of Paris and satin white paint and water
Applied some furniture wax that I already had
Gave it another sand using quite fine 120 paper
I ran out of wax,but found I had some bees wax from another project years ago
I melted it over hot water and mixed it with Olive oil and Canola oil,which is all I had
I didn't want to run out and start buying stuff
I added some essential oil and mixed
I had to work fast because it goes hard as it cools
I smothered it all over the dressing table
Melted again and smothered again
Let it dry and with lots of puff and elbow grease
(I had to use my left hand as I have RSI in my right at the moment)
buffed it as much as I could,then gave it another light sand and buffed some more
I had to drill new holes in the back to put on the pieces of wood that hold the mirror,
because the mirror that was with it, and not attached didn't match the holes already there.
It must have been from another dressing table, still I managed to drill and screw them on
Then attached the mirror which tilts to the angle you want.
I bought these crystal knobs off Ebay for $2.99 each
Here in Adelaide last year I paid $6.45 each :(
LOOK AT ME NOW
I thought it turned out so nice,I don't want to part with it.
It looks so nice in my sewing room.
I juggled other stuff around and made room for it.
I'm going to enjoy it for years to come I think.
Some other corners of my Sewing room
You know the day after I rescued this little gem,(the dressing table)the neighbours started
putting out more stuff.
A large, tall bookcase which had been sanded down beautifully to the bare wood,
It had shelves and doors with colonial squares to fit glass.
If I could have found a space for it, I would have brought it in,but alas, no room at the inn.
They also put out a vintage kitchen cabinet, 2 large Eskies,bbq with a lid and a big box
I said to my hubby,it will be all gone by morning
The next day it was still there and by lunch time the council truck came
I nearly cried, I couldn't watch. They actually crushed the whole lot.
I mean, what is the world coming to. Wouldn't a charity shop have taken it all?
It would have only been the cost of a phone call.
If I hadn't saved the beautiful dressing table and mirror,it also would have gone in the crusher.:(
Imagine how many homeless people would have made use of the blankets,or even a dogs home.
It was a sad day. I just can't bare waste of any kind.
I know all of us in Blogland love to recycle
The Council is always advertising the fact, and yet they send a crusher out.urggggggh
Some pretty posies from my garden to cheer us xx
I also was very fortunate recently to win a give away
This lovely scarf from Donna's Designs
Thank yo so much Donna, I love it,
and my colour too.
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