Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My favorite makeover piece (so far!)...

Of all the pieces I've made over, this is my favorite so far. We bought the pie safe at an unfinished furniture store in the 80's. As soon as I got it home I stained it dark brown. Needless to say, it could not escape the white paint when I caught the cottage bug a few years ago. I thought it might look cute if I mounted a mirror on it, so the hunt was on. I found the perfect mirror at a junktique store. It was a simple, round mirror and the base was the perfect size for the pie safe... Best of all, it was marked down to around $22!

I applied wreath appliques to the door panels, a rose garland applique to the mirror base, and painted both pieces creamy white. After lightly sanding a bit along the edges and applying glass knobs... voila! A brand new look for that little old pie safe!

(You can click on any of the photos to see the details better... And as you can tell from the pictures, we've also had hardwood floors installed since starting all these projects!!)
UPDATE: To answer a few questions... Because I never varnished or waxed this piece after staining it, I was able to paint right over the dark brown without sanding. Priming really does help knot holes from showing through (a step I admittedly skip from time to time). The type of appliques I buy have a 'sticky' back that is activated when they are held over boiling water/steam (I use my old tattered frying pan spatter guard for this purpose - and needless to say, I don't use it for food/cooking anymore!)... To sand/distress along edges, if I remember, I'll rub a candle down the edges (before painting), wherever I want the paint to sand off easily after the piece has dried.



You did a great job as it looks fantastic. I feel inspired to look for some pieces myself as I have refinished some furniture in the past. Your blog is really wonderful!


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Donna!
What a darling pie safe! I just love the way you painted it, and the appliques are beautiful! I love making old things over. You'll be seeing some makeovers in my future posts. We've been busy. Have a wonderful day!
Hugs Sherry

Rue said...

I love that piece :) A mirror for $22?? Wow!

Off to get those daisies ;)

PattieJ said...

OOOH that came out beautiful!! Love the appliqu├ęs! Now, what do you do to prepare the piece? Just sand it down a bit or what? I have a few pieces I want to paint.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful piece and the mirror is just made for it.... you did a beautiful job... looks GREAT...
I have a couple of pieces I need to paint white..... I just love that look
How did you attach the appliques?
I have a few but I wasn't sure what to do.

Cindy said...

That is an amazing makeover. I would have never thought you could turn a primitive looking piece like that into shabby chic!

Domestic Diva said...

Fantastic! I love the look - I even love the little light you have in the window next to it. You did a really good job distressing it - not too much but just enough :-)

Love it!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It's gorgeous Donna! Wow, what a difference the white paint, the applique's you added, and the mirror made to it! It was very nice brown but became extraordinary after all your work.

All my furniture is dark .... I need a lot of white paint!

I blogged about my favorite cookbooks today. I hope you have some time to tell me about yours.

Thanks, Pat

NnN said...

Oh, I love the power of paint too! You've done great with your brush!!! I just painted a sweet iron piece for the garden....I'll have to show ya!! :)

{oc cottage} said...

Your home is pie safe is Gizmo just had me in tears...
Thank you for sharing!

regina barnett said...

LOVE! The new look.

joyh82 said...

It looks great! I love the mirror too. I have a twin to your

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