I've seen several Union Jack dressers,
all of them skillfully painted.
But this year, we're in London for the Olympics...
(The only city where I could actually live in the city, and did...another story!)
We'll be competing with the Brits and the rest of the world,
so I just couldn't paint a Union Jack.
Then I chanced upon a garage sale
where a tired lass kept whispering
I didn't listen at first...
but I was drawn back at the end of the day.
They had 'closed' and yet she was still in the driveway...
I went to the door...and she was mine.
The only problem being, I didn't have room!
It took me 2 more days to get a space cleared...
Thank Heaven the previous 'care-takers' were patient...
space was made...and home she came!
I don't have a picture of her in her tired state but here
she's got her 'drawers' spread out, drying in the sun.
A little water and TSP Substitute
and the years faded away from her tired finish.
My brother Brian sanded her top to a silky touch
and then I added walnut stain.
It was the first time I've used the water based stain.
It came in a tube and was the consistency of pudding
which applied smoothly with a rag.
It seemed to require a little more than the liquid
but the consistency would work well on things like chair spindles.
(I'll have to try it.)
Since there were 4 colors,
it was nice to be able to get samples.
I used Behr from HD. They will even color matches their samples
and these are about twice the size of the premixed brands I've found.
I used a little detail brush for the stars...
Here she is in her fresh new paint...
However, fresh is never the look I'm after...
more clear wax...
and...of course it took longer than I thought it would!
And finally...I finished just after dark last night.
This morning I pulled her out and
had some fun staging Red, White & Blue
Can't pass a chance to display my 58!
You'll notice the morning we
still had a little marine air obscuring the sun,
so I had to take a couple more shots after the sun came out!
The fine lady was interestingly assymetrical.
The left drawers divided by frame work, with a
groove under the bottom front edge for pulling instead of any knobs.
The right drawers without the framework, all nesting together
and there were brass & wood handles...
(Currently rusting in a bucket out front!)
The left side has 4 point star cut-outs and vertical grain...
The right side without stars and horizontal grain...
...and her whispered "Old Glory" was exactly right!
Remember my Inspiration Photo?...Do you think it's a match?
....long may she wave!
The lovely "Old Glory"
and all the wonderful staging pieces
will all be on sale at the
Here's a new picture of my driveway...
the display is blooming...(pun intended)
They don't call me "CorneeDee" for nothin'.
I'll be moving
& all her accoutrements
to Pioneer Street
and if you're in the area.
remember to stop by Porter Antiques on Cole Street
check out the Vintage Washers on Silent Auction...
Gotta take some new pix...they are both planted and looking great!
Hope to see you Saturday....I'm getting excited!