Here you see the befores and why I chose to revive it.
I do love me some mid-century, so I was immediately compelled to take a closer look. And underneath all that mildew was a solid piece of furniture. A solid oak piece is definitely worth a revival. (note to self: I really do need to start carrying a mask and gloves to these soirees.)
Ahem... You just have to get past the ugliness and grime and envision the inner beauty.
And before you fuss about me painting this piece, know that I am a huge proponent of natural woods opposed to painted. However, this one was going to need a refinish - and that is my marker for giving the okay on painting. I can always strip it later if I tire of the look.
The work in progress:
A very thorough cleaning, two coats of primer, two coats of paint, two coats of poly, some wallpaper details, + two weeks later here she is. Whew!
Loving the retro feel of the wallpapered interior.
A little retro, a little Hollywood Regency, and a whole lot of sassy!
Now that she's all glammed up, this piece would serve nicely as a bar station or in a small entryway.
I love all the storage underneath and the surprise of a wallpapered back. Yep. That dressed up facade makes her an appropriate addition to any room.
I almost think she's prettier left open, showing off her fanciness.
Hello sassy legs!