I found a old oak thing at a sale and wasn't really sure what it was. It didn't really matter; I painted it, added a knob, and some burlap trim.
Then it dawned on me - it was a mantle clock base! Like this one, but not this one because this is like the holy grail in my family! It was passed down from great-great-somebody so I dare not touch it!
... from the barn to the bedroom. When my mother-in-law moved, I took home a dresser that no one wanted to bother with saw any potential in. She had originally taken it home from an Amish neighbor's barn.
Some time during it's lifetime, somebody thought it needed a fake marble top.
After chipping and scraping off the "marble", I used Citri-Strip to remove all the leftover glue. Under all the gunk was a perfectly beautiful top. The fake top had actually protected the wood!
At that point in the process, I know exactly what I would do with this piece of furniture. I had paint leftover from a recent bedroom makeover - Behr's Premium Plus in 'Venus Teal'. I used plaster of paris and water to mix up a nice, smooth, homemade chalk paint.
(No I was not drinking Margaritas. It was already empty)! Ask my supervisor:
The detailed carving lent itself beautifully to some distressing using my fancy tools:
I found the perfect spot in my bedroom. It's perfect and I love it! Thanks to my favorite MIL!!