Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pie Safe part 3

Ms. Kay's pie safe is starting to shape up.  I have now finished sanding all of the cabinet and applied stain.  It is waiting on a coat of finish to give it some protection and give it a little shine.  This safe has not been very kind to me.  You can see in some of the pictures that the blue paint decided it just wasn't going to let go of this wood.  It didn't matter how much I sanded or pleaded with it.  For that reason, I went with a darker shade of stain than I usually would.  It did a pretty good job of masking some of the imperfections, but not all of them.

There is good news however.  This piece will have its back to a wall, therefore covering up most of the blue paint that soaked in, and it will not be under a spotlight like it is with the flash from my camera.  I am also one of those people that probably look at a piece of furniture too closely.  The average person will see this piece and not see the flaws that I do.  The other good news is that Ms. Kay said that she doesn't need it to look brand new.  She likes a bit of a distressed look.  She should be pleased.  Enjoy the pictures.

You can see some of the blue paint in the grain of the wood on this side.  It's really not that bad in regular light.

This side was cleaner
Lot of blue paint, but will be against the wall
I presently have the doors taken off of the cabinet and have already stripped one of them.  The good news is that all of the paint came off and I shouldn't have any "blue" problems.  I am looking for new hinges and knobs to complete the look that the customer wants.  I still have a lot of work to do, but I can see the finish line ahead.


TexWisGirl said...

i rather like the bits of paint left in - rather distressed, almost white-washy effect. :) like an aging woman... (hmmm.)

The Gang said...

Looking good. You'd better get someone working on the pies to fill that safe up!!

Trey said...

Yep! Ms. Kay has some baking to do!

Steve said...


In our house we call that Wabi Sabi. Which is Japanese for the "hand made" part of a project. My wife says, "How come everytime you say Wabi Sabi it means you screwed up?"

Actually, I like what you've done. I like the blue tinge to the stain.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

That bit of blue stain is there to tell its story. Don't be mad that it's being part of the character of the piece ;) You're doing a great job on it!

CHERI said...

I actually the tint of blue left gives the piece character and begs for someone to ask about its history.