To say that it has come a long way would be a big understatement! It was VERY dirty, had water damage on the bottom and the interior was filled with a radio and record player.
Now it's bright white, clean and usable (old record/radio parts removed!) We probably would have passed, but those Greek Key pulls sold us (and the $14 price tag - found at Old, New and In Between in Lenoir City, TN)
I've wanted a piece of with legs slightly larger than the top for a while (like this). When I saw the water damage, I thought this would be the perfect candidate!
So we removed the base with the jigsaw and added a base constructed of wood. My original plan was to gold leaf the base (similar to this piece from World's Away). So, for the base, we used exposed screws covered with wood filler verse hidden pocket holes for the screws .. Looking back, I might have used different wood and pocket holes to leave it natural.
So, here's why it took me a year to finish. At that point, I had been painting everything white, so I wanted something different .. I ended up deciding on a mint for the top. I painstakingly gold leafed the handles (not shown below, though I should have taken a pic of that!) Then, I started gold leafing the base, it wasn't working and was taking forever .. so I decided to spray paint the base gold. It looked ok.. I Then decided to spray paint the handles, so the gold would match and added clear on top. It looked horrible. Never spray clear on top of gold (unless you test it somewhere else first). Again, not shown below (that photo was after removing the original finish), but it looked bad ... At the time, I didn't feel like finishing it 1. I was frustrated and 2. I didn't know what I wanted to do.
Here it is ready for paint, after I sanded this weekend. Not loving the mint or gold ..
I decided to paint it all white. The base gold, looked a little busy too me, so I painted it all with my favorite white, Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
The handles were sanded and sprayed with Design Master gold spray paint.
The interior was disgusting ...... the radio and record player were removed and it was given a good cleaning.
(Doors removed since I just sprayed the hinges and I didn't want to attach them yet)
I love it so so much! Our house is currently torn it apart (for painting!!) so I photographed it in our entry (with a stenciled backdrop p.s. my etsy shop will be reopening soon .. I just have to find my stencils - I still haven't unpacked them ..) I'm thinking it might work in our living room, but it would also make a great nightstand!
One more because they are my favorite and around only once a year.
The brass whale was found at the thrift store.
One last before
I love it!