This one was SO ugly when I first got it. I am beyond grateful to have clients with vision, who trust me to lead them down paths as terrifying as this beast was when I first got it.
This is as heinous as 1970s dark pine can get, and the surface was shot. So shot, like literally I think some hillbilly had been firing bird shot at it for at least a decade... that may be a bit of an exaggeration. But you don't need to hear it from me. A picture's worth a thousand wine induced blogging hyperboles-
Ouch. But when I first saw it, I didn't see all the scratches or that horrible stain job, or those atrocious pulls, or allllllll the scratches in the top that I hoped I could sand out. No, what I saw is that the doors and drawers are carved so that they bow out, and there are columns. You know how many times I've seen a sideboard like this? Zero times. This is the only one I've ever seen. I have never ever seen that treatment on the doors and drawers. I can't imagine how tricky that was to do, and it was very very effective. So striking in person!
I patched this poor darling up, and refinished the top, swapped the pulls, and painted the case in Benjamin Moore's 'Blue Lagoon'. I actually layered the color over a custom mixed shade that's a tad more towards blue for a nice time-worn paint finish. The interior and the drawer interiors are in a rich navy blue.
Which just goes to show you, furniture can be saved. Good solid wood vintage furniture can be saved. You know what can't be saved? That crap most furniture stores are selling now.