Not to mention the smell. Oh, maybe I shouldn't have! Well, they did come from a barn! Also in their "better days", they must have belonged to a nice, little, southern lady, because there was also a smell of talcum powder mixed with a moth ball smell! WAIT, please don't quit reading. It gets better.....Ha Ha! Some of the table drawers were lined with contact paper, there were straight pins in the corners and edges. (Our little, old, southern lady must have been a seamstress too!) Of course there was dirt and, hold on, there were spiders (dead ones of course)! WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?! I can't believe that recently I have actually been considering trying to start a business of refurbishing old furniture. I don't think I was thinking!
We have only had time to work on one so far. Lots of steps have to be taken to get this project from "barn to charm"!
After we got it cleaned and sanded, (believe me, it got the best cleaning it had ever had in it's life from me! Let's say bleached!, we coated it really good with a sealer. Then we let it set outside in the hot summer heat for weeks. Then the grandkids came and it got put on hold for weeks! That is ok, though!
Anyway, here it us the end of October, and we are starting again. I am so pleased to tell you that all the steps we took and especially the sitting outside in the heat for weeks, took care of the smell. It no longer has the old, mothball, talcum powder smell. I'm glad, cause I don't know of I could have taken that since these are going in our room as nightstands.
|Sure am glad the height of the table matches the height of the bed!|