Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quick Makeover

Several weeks ago I did a quick little makeover on my grandmother's sideboard which I inherited years ago.
It's not in the best shape, and for years I had considered painting it until I saw a little makeover that Sherry at Design Indulgence did using liming wax. I was intrigued. You must check out her makeover here.

Liming wax is not easy to come by . . .  I had to order it online. But I found it to be extremely easy to use - you literally just wipe it on. Luckily, the finish on the sideboard was pretty worn so it soaked up the wax. If you have a well-sealed piece some sanding might be involved. After a little bit of tweaking (at first my daughter said it looked like it should be in a haunted house), I got the finish about right. I had to live with it a while, but it's grown on me and now I think I like it. Here's the finished product:
There's a little bit of glare from my flash but you get the idea. It's actually pretty subtle.

I've seen a lot of "limed" pieces lately . . .
This Julian Chichester piece that was recently featured on One Kings Lane.

So what do you think? Is liming for you?


jandjhome said...

It looks beautiful. I love seeing projects like this.

Kim said...

I like that! Great job!

I am so not into my dining table. It is a Drexel piece so it's not cheap, but I don't like the high shine. I'm much more casual than that. I would love a way to "dull" it up. It's either that or sell it and get something old and banged up. :)

SHERRY HART said... looks great! I am glad you finally found something to lime!

paula said...

love it and liming. Our table is limed but on raw wood.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Hi Kathy - thanks for the shoutout! I got some of the liming wax myself a few weeks ago. I tried it on a pine table and the change was so subtle it wasn't worth the effort. I also put it on the inside of a swedish cabinet I have where the wood was unfinished - and I love it - much more noticeable. I think your sideboard looks great!

charm home said...

Love this furniture make-over. So will you be attending Lavish. Hope to meet you if you are. If not, I'm definitely digging your blog too. Looking forward to reading more!!! xo, Cristi

Splendid Sass said...

I would lime everything in my house if I had the time! Your grandmother's sideboard looks great.