I suspect as I visit other blogs today, I will discover tons of ideas to keep me occupied this summer (not the least of which will be wildly decorating furniture while I'm at the lake!) (Check out the list at Sugar Sugar!)
These two pieces are actually very nice pieces with a great personal provenance for me, but they were pretty ugly.
This little table was my grandparents, and one of the few things I have from their home. It sits in my hallway with (mostly) old books, including a rather old History of England set.
It had originally been a very dark wood. Then during my "Yellow Period" it was about the color of the brightest, sunniest yellow you could find! It was in the bedroom of my first apartment (also sunny yellow, from the headboard to the yellow gingham spread!).
In the 1990s, my friend Richard -- who had redone more than a few pieces -- helped me with my first refinishing job. And I love it.
(This medallion on the side was less than fun, but isn't it pretty?)
This piece came from our family cottage, which was purchased in 1919 and is now where my cousins come and down the road from mine. I think of it as a special gift from my uncle Martin, who died almost two years ago. I'd asked him if I could have it, and he said yes -- I'm so very grateful, for whenever I see it, I think of him and the rest of my family -- and that's every day!
When stripped, it revealed a few colors -- a Kelly green, a pale gray. It holds my microwave in the kitchen.
I love the door detail!And the lock is the original.
Well, again, visit Sugar Sugar (Analise) for a list of others with much trash gloriously transformed into lovely pieces!)