As I sat down to type this post my husband just said that it's the things that you think are the simplest are always the hardest. This pine country style sideboard has definitely been one of those. Man oh man, this took me longer than I expected. Lucky I'm persistent.
I've even messed up the photos of it and taken them all at 6400 ISO for some reason and I didn't notice until I'd taken the heavy sideboard outside again to be picked up on the weekend. After pulling it/carrying it inside and then back outside all by myself I am not going to re-stage the photos and will just deal with the graininess. Lesson learnt - check settings on camera before taking photos and then check photos on the computer screen before dismantling a photo shoot!
When I initially got the request for a quote to paint this sideboard I thought wow this will be lovely and hopefully quick to paint. I even offered to go pick it up for free as it was only about 15 minutes from my house. It was a very tight squeeze in my car but I managed ok. I was planning on my husband to help me unload it but he left for work early the next day before I asked him but a neighbour came to the rescue. After wiping it down I realised that the pine was very distressed loaded with knots and divots. I filled in a lot of the holes with filler but not all of them as the whole sideboard would have needed a skim coat!
The above photo shows how many holes I filled and the below photo is with the primer. This is often the stage people panic and think their paint job isn't turning out. My advice is to keep on going. Pieces almost never look good half painted.
I gave the sideboard two coats of Zinsser Primer and started painting it in a lovely bright white paint to coordinate with Mandy and Michael's Hamptons' style furniture. I had some issues with hot weather and the paint drying too quickly but sorted them out with lots and lots of sanding and some Floetrol Paint Conditioner. I then purchased new black hardware that was not quite the same size but covered the old holes (which I hadn't filled as I thought I'd be able to find hardware the exact same size) but it all worked out perfectly with a few little new pilot holes drilled and the old holes covered by the hew hardware. I then gave it all a coat of wax and was re assembling it all when I realised that the drawers looked to be a different white to the rest of the sideboard. ARGHH!! I have no idea what happened or if it was just my eyes playing tricks...but I think I had some pine bleed through or something. I'm not sure how that happened with two coats of primer but I removed the handles, removed the wax, sanded, re-primed, re-painted, re-waxed and put the handled back on and yay! everything looked the same shade of white. Phew.
I think Mandy is going to love the new hardware.
I then dragged the sideboard in to my bedroom to photograph it for the blog (which means rearranging a lot of the furniture in my bedroom and using a lot of muscle) and I've stuffed up the photos. As much as I like this sideboard I won't be sorry to see it picked up over the weekend!
What are you up to this weekend? We have a few things planned but some quiet time also. Maybe some more mojitos using our fresh limes! I'm also hoping to get over to Manly early Sunday morning to do The Bold and The Beautiful again. It's a 1.5km swim from Manly Beach to Shelley beach return. It's an early start but so worth it for an amazing ocean swim. Here are some photos from last Saturday.
Even though I grew up on the far south coast and spent my childhood on the beach, this was my first major ocean swim and I found it quite tough even though it's quite a bit less distance than what we cover in squad but I was a bit panicky in the deep water especially when I swam over a plastic bag and I thought it was a massive jelly fish! The swell and chop of the ocean also makes it much tougher than swimming in the pool. Do any of you do oceans swims? Any tips for a beginner like me?
Do you think Michael and Mandy will like their sideboard? I hope so especially as Michael freaked me out a bit when I picked it up by saying "we have high expectations of you". Nothing like a little pressure...
What are you up to for the weekend? I'd love to hear a little about you and what you get up to. Thanks to all those who do comment - I love hearing from you.