How was your weekend? Things have been a little weird with me. You already know I struggle with migraines. What I haven’t told you is that I’ve had problems in the past with fibromyalgia as well. I haven’t mentioned it because after I went to a gluten-free diet over a year ago, the pain and stiffness have practically disappeared. It has been a miracle! But the pain and stiffness have returned with a vengeance the last few days. I have no idea what has triggered it, but wow, I can’t believe I had already forgotten how bad it could be.
Ok, enough whining. Today, I want to introduce you to Silas. He has weathered the elements for a number of years, never really taking care of himself. He had terrible dandruff- paint flaking off in clouds like the dust from Linus’ blanket. I started out with the intention of completely removing the paint, then giving him a nice fresh finish. After one round of paint stripper, I sanded away any remaining loose paint and this is what I ended up with.
Not my usual style, but I was kind of liking the multiple layers of white and yellow paint with the dark stain underneath. Rather than continuing to strip away Silas’ character, I decided to embrace his rustic nature. I continued to sand until everything was mostly smooth.
The back panel was beyond rustic, though, so I needed to replace it. Fortunately, it was held in place with just a few nails.
I used it as a pattern to trace onto 1/8 inch plywood. I thought I’d just stain it and leave it at that, but it was just too much contrast with the yellow. So, I grabbed some gold and white craft paints and layered and played until I was satisfied that it would blend with the original paint.
I also used the walnut stain on the exposed areas of the cabinet to somewhat even out the wood tones. I applied a couple of coats of wipe on polyurethane over everything, including the back panel to protect the finish. Funny, huh? Protecting a chippy old finish.
Do you think the back panel blends with the rest?
Too girly for Silas’ nature, but I couldn’t resist adding my beginning collection of white pitchers.
Silas still isn’t my type, but making a variety of friends keeps life interesting. Have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately? Do you like a chippy finish?