Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Big Guns and Past Lives

The stripping saga continues....alright, so S came home and declared my table "a sh!ttin' mess" and proceeded to break out the big guns.  If i knew how to, i'd draw circles around the tools in the upper right corner, and write "the big guns."  Pretend that's what i did.  Big Guns.

You'll notice that the table is now in pieces, and before i was told that to take it apart would break the wood.  Clearly he thought this was a necessary sacrifice since i went out to the garage to find it like this...i wasn't even asked!


Even bigger guns...plus an ET toe.  You guys see that thing?  It's like ET's finger.  I call it ET toe.  Hmm, perhaps this is to much information....


Oh yes, an even better shot!  Pretend it's circled, and i've labeled it accordingly.  ET Toe.




So thanks to more stripping and sanding, the pieces are all down to the barest they can be, and all separated.  I need to wait til it's not 9,000 degrees or raining cats and dogs before i do the rest, but i am glad those layers of paint are gone.  To recap, the top had 1) purple 2) red 3) green.  The sides had 1) purple 2) red 3) white 4) green 5) orange. 

As much as i feel that this is best for the piece, starting fresh like this, i'm kinda sad that i took away it's past.  Like, was each new paint layer another time someone bought it?  Or was passed around a family?  Do you ever wonder about the past lives of your thrifted finds? 

Yesterday I went to a new to me thrift store, which i  heard was supposed to be the best...it wasn't.  i was sorely dissappointed.  But i did get exactly the stencil i had in mind for some projects, and i have no idea if the price was good.  I think i was just so determined to buy something at this store that i needed to buy it.  Please don't tell me that Michael's sells these for less than 2.99, ok??



Linking up to Southern Hospitality, Coastal Charm, Debbie Doos, Tales from Bloggeritaville,  it's so very thrifty.

12 comments:

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Wow! That is a lot of paint! Sounds like you have your hands full! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Kaleena J. said...

I'm anxious to see how it turns out!

Hope you have a great, stress free week!

Christy B said...

Girl, this just gives me the shivers!! Not sure which is worse, all the stripping...or that ET toe?! (poor guy) Sure can't wait to see the fruits of your labor here~~

By the way, great stencil. (-;

La said...

That is one talented toe! :o)

Pam said...

Wow, that's a lot of paint. I too worry about the history of a piece that I redo. I always think that someone at some point in their lives thought that the orange paint was really really cool! Oh well, life goes on.

dogsmom said...

I like to keep things true to original finish when I can, but if they have been painted over and over or are just plain ugly - you are doing the piece a favor.
Did you post this before it was disassembled? I'll have to look.

(oh- and as for the toe, I've seen worse.)

dogsmom said...

OK- got my answer. Purple, red, green...
I do like the shape, but even I (goddess of cheap) would risk trying new things on a $4 table. I had a few ideas for taking it apart, but he got the job done.

gnee said...

That toe is primal...but look how well it works! Good luck with the table.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

AHHH- He didn't even ask- I think I would FREAK out- But I'm working on that-

Nice to 'meet' you! can't wait to see the final product.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I am still laughing! Love to read your posts! The table will turn out great and without all of it's past!

Unintentionally Unemployed said...

I'm impressed that "someone", (not me :-) is limber enough to reach down that far and use a toe in that manner :-) Very pretty blog!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Great post...love that toe!!! Thanks for coming by my NTT party and leaving a comment:)

Blessings,
Linda