Homemade Monday!

I feel like I need to add a DON”T LOOK MOM!!!! disclaimer since my mom hates it whenever I paint wood! (Not all wood is good mom!) But really this will work out better for the house plan in Korea, the walls will be so light, that the dark would just look so stark against the walls.

So I am trying a new schedule to see if it helps me stay on track with blogging and having fewer breaks in-between posts, and today is Homemade Monday, (a day for all things around the house!) Today I am going to be showing a project I did while Paul was in Korea, since I am a butt and never post things real time.

I have 2 mahogany sideboards in my living-room, that were not going to make the move to Korea, since I didn’t like how shiny they were (they had really glossy lacquer on them) and the storage wasn’t very practical because the clear glass showed everything you put inside of them.

It’s sort of hard to see inside the glass because of the glare, but inside the house you could see everything inside!

I spent FOREVER stripping the original finish off of the sideboard, did I say FOREVER? I used gel stripper, a scraper, and steel wool. I don’t have any pictures of this bit because I was home alone with gloves and goopy hands, so no camera touching allowed. Before I started stripping, I took the glass out of the sideboard too.

After everything was off I sanded and wiped down the surface with a damp cloth and then dry-brushed a light gray flat paint onto the surface; I would barely dip the end of the brush in the paint, and then brush it into the surface until there was not a bit of wet paint left on the brush. I did this in layers building it up a bit at a time, until I was happy with the look, (some wood was left showing.)

Next I hand sanded a few worn spots into all the edges, I like to do this for several reasons – A. because I like the look, and B. because if it gets scuffed later during a move it looks like it belongs. I then wiped stain into the whole thing, and rubbed away all the excess, leaving more in the cracks and recesses. Once the stain was dry I brushed flat clear varnish onto the whole thing and let it dry before adding back all the original hardware.

I knew the glass couldn’t stay clear, and I have had great success in the past with looking glass spray paint, and this was exactly the look I wanted for this project. I like the look of mercury glass rather than just straight mirror, so after spraying the silver paint onto the glass, I spritzed it with a mixture of water and white vinegar, and let it sit a bit before I dabbed the back of the glass with a paper towel to create a mottled look.

Anyway, after my wonderfully picture-less description I can now show you the finished product!

To me this is so much better! It’s lighter, brighter, and you can actually store ugly things inside of it! (of course now you can see the kid’s knitting basket and the drill cord that I should have removed before taking the picture!)
One of the things that the dry-brushing did was leave the dark spots in all the edges and carved bits, the stain helped, but the dry-brushing really is where that came from.
here is a look at the mirrored glass, the little black spots are the “worn” spots in the faux mercury glass.
Hmmmmm, maybe this picture shows the glass better?
I also added a shelf on the inside too, so that the storage is more practical and I don’t have to stack things on each other inside. (Nothing exciting, just a mahogany colored shelf from Lowe’s that I cut to size and installed with shelf clips.)
So here’s the before…..

And then the after…… (Yes, I am super awesome and apparently didn’t notice the lip gloss under the sideboard before taking the picture!)

In case you were wondering why I am speaking singularly about this project when I originally said I had two of these sideboards, it’s because I only have one done so far! Paul has taken on the stripping of the second sideboard, and it is almost done at which point I will paint and finish it. (I just couldn’t face stripping another one, did I mention it took me FOREVER?) Maybe I’ll get Paul to take pictures of the paint process while I do the second one if anyone is interested?

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  15 comments for “Homemade Monday!

  1. April 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    this turned out great, all your time & effort was worth it.
    i had a flea market shelf that i tried to strip using products, so frustrating because it didn’t really work, my husband ended up sanding it down with a sander…

    • April 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks! I have tried using several different stripping products, and have decided that although I prefer the idea of the environmentally friendly ones, the reality is that the super strong stinky chemical ones work best!

  2. Mr. CG
    April 3, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I will definitely finish stripping the companion side-board this week and take pictures of your paint process.

  3. April 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I am totally appalled that you painted over mahogony like that and thought that I…wouldn’t like it!!! 🙂 It looks beautiful!! You did a lovely job. Personally, I am not very into the mercuried glass effect – but have to admit it looks lovely. I love the color – very much the “in” color for cabinetry in South Africa right now. Uncle Larry has his kitchen in that color. You can remove the disclaimer!!! Mom’s have eye’s in the back of their heads!! (I thought you had already figured that one out for yourself with your own kids!!) Love you!!

  4. April 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Great transformation. I love the look that the Mercury glass creates. Great job!

  5. April 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    you just took a gorgeous piece and made it “gorgeouser”. (Apparently, that is a word in my world)
    It seriously looks great!

  6. April 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Thank you for sharing this ‘mercury glass’ product. I’m for sure getting some. I tried to use silver paint and didn’t work very well at all. This looks beautiful! Little Bit

  7. Becca Rowan
    April 5, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Love the updates in your blog, Cat! It’s such a great way to keep up a little bit with all of the changes going on in your lives. I love and miss you, and hope that all is well in your world!

    Beautiful projects, sis!

  8. April 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

    What a beautiful transformation! I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius link party (new linky every Thursday).

    Happy Thursday!

  9. May
    April 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    very very nice!

  10. April 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

    i’m seriously loving this piece! bravo!

    hope you’ll stop by my blog where i’m hosting a great giveaway:



  11. April 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    love the look,and think you did a great job. Love the Mercury Glass styling. I8 am curious,have you ever tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint,I have cut out a lot of the extra labor. The color’s can be manipulated so many ways. Cost yes but a quart goes a long way. Again my folks would scream too but some time it just makes sense..Love Love the looks

  12. April 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I featured your project in my Unveil Your Genius link party! Please go grab your Featured Button: http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/p/unveil-your-genius.html

    I hope you’ll link up again soon! (Current link party is now live!)

  13. Screendoorgirl 3
    April 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I love it! Thanks for sharing your hard work. I liked the wood, too.

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