We found this typesetter's drawer for just a few dollars about 6 years ago and just never did anything with it...until last week.
I have a challenge in my Blueprint member's group that consists of 3 things:
- Clean up/organize your workshop.
- Make your workshop pretty.
- Do something special for yourself.
I'm joining my members in the challenge and I'm:
- Cleaning up my office (workshop already done)
- Making my office pretty
- Cleaned up the typesetter's drawer, stained and mounted it on the wall of my master bedroom hallway.
Here is the "BEFORE" of the typesetter drawer:
We decided to take it to the car wash and spray it down - normally you have to be very careful when getting water on old wood because it could warp. But I decided it was worth the risk since it looked like the back had already been exposed to moisture (rippled). Besides, I wasn't going to spend an hour cleaning all the dirt and dust out of those little cubbies.
So it did ripple the back a bit more, but I wasn't concerned. The problem that developed had to do with an unforeseen layer of paper on the backing. I had no idea and the paper was destroyed by the water. Thus the reason it took me a few weeks to get started on the project. All the paper had to be taken off and it was in pieces and stuck under each slat.
I asked my grandson, Myles to take as much off as he could and then I took my (afflink) handy dandy Allway Contour Scraper to the rest, planning to leave just a little for an old-world rustic look.
I used (afflink) Varathane Wood Stain in Black Cherry and sponge brushes to stain it. The wood was a little rough and the nooks and crannies were a little challenging, so I ended up having to use three foam brushes to do the job. I just painted the stain on, twice, to get the dark look that I wanted.
My plan all along had been to use this for a piece of wall decor. It sits on our master bedroom hallway wall, right across from our bathroom.
You also get a peek at my stenciled hallway. I had fun with that one! DH did all the trim work. He's so handy...
I keep a lot of my oils in my master bedroom in my mom's jewelry armoire that I painted a while ago, but this makes it much more convenient to see what I have on hand. I'm all about easy and accessible to make life easier. Here's the armoire. I call her Nancy after my favorite aunt: Jewelry Armoire Update
Little by little I'm making this house into my own private sanctuary. One of these days, when I feel it's up to par and worthy of a tour, I'll do a video tour for you. My goal is to be sufficiently there by the end of 2021. Of course, it will never be "done, done."
Let me know what you think!
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