Furniture Debut: The Pioneer

 

…Now all the prairie and the plain
Are waving field of golden grain:
Look till eve, from early morn
See all the valleys clad with corn.
Grey haired sires and young men brave,
Maidens fair and matrons grave,
Children bright and babies sweet,
At Harvest Home each year we meet…

 

That is an excerpt from R.H. Hensely’s “The Pioneer.”   While the summer days continue, we cannot deny that fall is just around the corner.  We have met the middle of August and that brings us football camps, school registrations and Labor Day planning.

Yes, the temperatures may still be high but the the air is changing.

Can’t you feel it?

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For me, the transition from summer to fall has always transported me back in a way.

In mind and spirit.

I’m a seasonal creature of habit and that transition is like clockwork.

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Instead of campfires, vacations, hiking trails, late nights and lazy days…

I think about home.

Then and now.

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Back to those pioneer days when the transition was necessary.

The harvest.  The planning.  The hunkering.

Moving on.  Settling down.

Starting something new.

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In a 2014 sort of way, of course. 

You have to strip it down and get back to the basics.

And that is what this piece represents.

It is my pioneer. 

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Like I said… strip it down and get back to basics.

This is the bottom of a very large – and very heavy – chestnut cabinet.  My “before” picture of the bottom disappeared but I can show you what it looked like by showing you the top.

And it wasn’t pretty…

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High gloss stain with a resin-type sealant.

(I didn’t say she wasn’t tough.)

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Strip it down and get back to basics.

After an entire day of taking it down to the natural wood, the transition moved to the finish.

To be a pioneer, it had to be primitive in my mind.

So…no paint.  Just stain.

And even the stain had to be imperfect -

- in a perfect sort of way.

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How?

By using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Linen.

3 parts water to 1 part powder.

Like I showed you back in May.

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The application is key.  To achieve the primitive look, the application has to be randomly controlled using a straight-edged natural bristle brush.

Long, even strokes.  With the grain.  No criss-crossing. No distressing.  No flaking.

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Stain here – but not there.

Heavier here – but thinner there. 

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Drips here – and runs there (do you see them?)

All purposely done.

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Randomly controlled – everywhere.

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This is one color of stain, but the application and how it absorbs into the natural wood brings about depth, movement and aging.

That part is random – without control.

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You have to prepared to venture into the unknown when doing something like this.

Just like a pioneer.

Have a wonderful, adventurous weekend – and take the time to feel the change in the air.

Be inspired,

 

Linking to:

Sand & Sisal

Tip Junkie

 

 

Thrifty Decor Chick

 Metamorphosis Monday

 Savvy Southern Style

Miss Mustard Seed

 Funky Junk Interiors

 Under The Table And Dreaming

 

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Comments

  1. This is so pretty. Have a fabulous weekend Shari!

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    shari this is one of the nicest transformations i have ever seen love it xx

  3. Teddee Grace says:

    The top is to die for. Can’t wait to see it refinished.

  4. JaneEllen says:

    Now that’s what I like in a finish, it looks like it came along with time. Absolutely love it so much. I’m not a big distressed fan, like some but not extreme. This looks like it happened on it’s own, FANTASTIC JOB you are really good and deserve the praise. You have to get it on your own to know how to do this, would have been hard to explain or describe I think. Bravo. Love it. Whomever gets this piece is very lucky homeowner. Isn’t that style Deco Art? The part you did doesn’t show it as much as the top. Gorgeous pieces.
    Happy weekend.

  5. barbara@thetreasuredhome.com says:

    Beautiful work, Shari!

  6. Wow! This is lovely. I recently read about using milk paint as a stain and was intrigued. I love the look you achieved. I have a piece in my living room that I do not want to paint, but this is certainly becoming an option!!

  7. That turned out beautiful. The finish you chose is absolutely perfect for the style of that piece. Are you going to do the top too?! I would love to see that!! The top has such cool details.

  8. Perfectly gorgeous!

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