Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dumpster Diving/ Mid Century Modern

**I am only crafting what I have in my garage from 9/26/2013-10/31/2013. That is an important fact to remember in the month of October. 

Not long ago I was driving back from my daughters house and had just driven through Sour Lake, Tx and on my right I spotted junk on the side of the road.  I slowed down and pulled over.  As I got out of the car a black Tahoe pulled up from the opposite direction.  The women said, "I want that!"  By that time I already had my hand on the shelf.  I said, " I do too!". I did not make any further eye contact as I loaded the shelf into my car.  She called me an old witch as she drove away.  Close call but I had the prize.
All the way home I dreamed of how I would refinish the shelf.  I love painted furniture but I love mid century modern stained.  When I got it home I soon found out that it was not fine furniture. As I had been driving I imagined it was a Heywood Wakefield. (Mid Century Modern furniture like that produced by the Heywood Wakefield
Company has become highly collectible and sought after by Mid Century Modern
enthusiasts, Focusing mostly on their sparkling, blond furniture produced from 1936-1966)
When I got home I found out it was pressed wood with a peeling veneer.
By this time I had decided that painting was the only option.  I wanted to paint it gray but am
committed to using what I have this month. I mixed black and white paint and made my own 
gray.  I like the color that it turned out.
I decided it needed some detail and painted some wavy stripes.  Then I promptly decided that the
stripes were a bad decision and painted over them.

What says the 60's more that bookends brought back from THE WAR and some Reader's Digest Condensed books!

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  1. I love what you did with this! It looks much more modern! I'm stopping by from Give Me THe Goods Monday (#17 Living Room Makeover) Have a great week!

  2. I love it!!!! New follower from Pin it Monday

  3. I never would have thought that was the same piece. And I agree on the wavy stripes. Simple is better in this case. And thanks for keeping it real and sharing the painted and repainted version :)

  4. Wow, love the painted piece! You did a great job! Thanks for linking to TTF!

  5. Great job! I love how it turned out. I can't believe the lady called you a witch. She would have taken it had she gotten there first. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. This looks like something my folks had in their home when I was small! Love the transformation! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  7. Gorgeous and clean looking! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  8. Beautiful finish to an ugly beginning!

  9. A great find and a great grey!

    I found some shelves on the street last month which are just waiting for me to do them up - they are pretty yukky underneath but are just the perfect size for what I need.

    Do come and share these at Empty Your Archive - we are linking up shelving projects of all sorts this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  10. I love this! I have the exact same shelf and painted the exact opposite, gray inside and white outside! Too funny :) I got mine for free from a barn sale!

  11. Looks great! I would have slammed on the brakes to get this, too. Thanks so much for sharing with this week's Throwback Thursday party.