Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Whimsical Makeover - The Bar Edition

The holiday season is the time for custom orders. I had received many custom order requests but I am only one person. I had to turn most of them down.

I average about 3 custom orders every 2 months.  Custom orders are fun but can be very stressful. There is a lot of pressure to interpret another person's vision.

That said, I really enjoyed doing this custom order because it was a two person job. My husband and I were able to spend time together working on a very rustic bar. My customer wanted to give it to her husband as a Christmas gift.

Here is the before:
 The top was in ROUGH shape. There was an enamel coating over photographs of old singers. It also looked to have been upholstered at one time. But before any work began, we had to remove a good amount of nails and staples.

The enamel on the top had to be softened with a heat gun then removed with a scraper. 

Once all of the prep work was done, we got to work with our belt sander to really strip down the wood top. I quickly realized that I was not strong enough to use the belt sander for long period of time. That quickly became the husbands job and I have recently joined a gym. ;)


Then on to staining, painting and sealing.

Here is the finished product.

 It turned out beautifully. I used a burnt red latex paint from Menards. Dutch boy, I believe. I chose not to use AS Chalk Paint because this piece was designated for a workshop. I needed something that could be kicked and scuffed. It brushed on very smoothly. It was a nice paint but by no means will it replace what ASCP can do. Once the paint was dry, I used my trusty Valspar glaze to antique this piece.


Finally, we used a walnut stain and polyurethane on the top. 

My husband is very talented when it comes to home remodels and furniture repair. The top of this piece is a nice example of his talents. It was fun to work with him.

I am currently booked up on custom orders for January. However, I might have an opening in February. Please contact me for more details.

Thanks for checking in!

  

4 comments:

  1. oy, that was some before! and this was some transformation! well done!

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  2. Beautiful...I love how it turned out and I'll bet your customer did too.
    Debbie :)

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  3. That is my bar:-) and I loved what you did with it!! It was really in sad shape when we got it but knew it gad potential, you and your husband made that happen. Thank you again!!

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  4. That is my bar:-) and I loved what you did with it!! It was really in sad shape when we got it but knew it gad potential, you and your husband made that happen. Thank you again!!

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